Robinson Named To Jamaica Cabinet

News Americas, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Weds. Oct. 26, 2011: Lawmaker Shahine Robinson has been named to the new cabinet of Jamaica Prime Minister, Dave Holness.

Robinson, who was forced last year to defend her northeastern St. Ann parish seat after revealing that she held U.S. citizenship in violation of constitutional law, is now minister of housing, environment and local government issues.

She was minister of state under the Bruce Golding administration. Her foray into representational politics dates back to 10 years ago when she won a by-election in the North East St. Ann constituency which was considered a PNP stronghold.

PM Holness also appointed Sen. Arthur Williams as a minister without portfolio in charge of public service and information while Daryl Vaz has been moved from the Information Ministry to a post in the prime minister’s office overseeing telecommunications and public sector efficiency.

“The Jamaican people want to see decisive, instrumental and quick action because their challenges and problems are urgent,” Holness said Tuesday night. “In striking that balance you have to contend with a limited learning curve so you want to have change, but you certainly do not want to have chaos in change.”