FACED with scathing criticism over his confession that he sanctioned a US$50,000 deal with a US-based law firm to negotiate a controversial extradition matter, Prime Minister Bruce Golding is now pondering his future.
Golding and the top brass of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are now locked in a meeting at Vale Royal, the Prime Minister’s official residence.
Golding’s head has been on the chopping block after he revealed in Parliament that he sanctioned the party to contact United States law firm Manatt Phelps and Phillips to negotiate with members of the Barack Obama administration to argue on behalf of reputed Tivoli Gardens don, Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke.
Calls for Golding to step down as Prime Minister have come from various sectors of society including his former party the National Democratic Movement, the People’s National Party and human rights group Jamaicans for Justice. Yesterday a group of private sector and union bodies charged with finding solutions for Jamaica’s economic and social ills suspended its agenda in light of his confession.
Last year August the US Government officially requested Coke’s extradition to face drug and gun running charges. The Golding-led administration has refused to sign the authority to proceed citing a breach of the Interception of Communications Act by the United States as their reason.
Coke has been named as the head of the Shower Posse, described by US authorities as a multi-national criminal organisation headquartered in Golding’s West Kingston constituency. Speculation as to the Prime Minister’s future is rife on the streets of the capital. Meantime blamebruce has become, locally at least, a ‘trending topic’ on social networking website Twitter.