Opposition leader’s ‘fish’ comment not targeting homosexuals – JLP member

News post November 9, 2015

Opposition leader Andrew Holness and party members at a JLP mass rally in 2011

KINGSTON, Jamaica – At least one Jamaica Labour Party member has come out to clarify a statement made by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness at a party rally in Spanish Town, St Catherine Sunday night.

The member is insisting that Holness’ reference to not being a “fish”, was not made against the homosexual community.

Holness, in giving an address at the event, sought to take residents down memory lane as a child growing up in the old capital.

In one case, he explained that he went to a canal in the town to swim and got into difficulty. He said he “nearly drowned”.

Explaining how he got out of the situation, Holness said: “Well, you know we a nuh fish around here.”

He, however, managed to swim to safety.

“We are aware of how the international community may misinterpret this, but it shouldn’t be viewed as a jab at any member of the society,” the JLP member said.

The JLP rally was held in a section of the old capital called Munamar Square.

 

 

Published By: The Observer

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