Another Stalwart of Jamaica’s Opposition Party is Murdered

Marjorie ‘Madge’ Morris was found at her residence with multiple gunshot wounds yesterday. (Photo: Facebook)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February 11, 2019 – The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is grieving the loss of a second member in just a week after a former councillor was killed in her house yesterday, only eight days after one of its Members of Parliament was found dead, also at home.

Marjorie ‘Madge’ Morris was fatally shot at her residence on Albion Boulevard in Yallahs, St Thomas. Police said neighbours reported hearing explosions around 6:30 a.m., and when lawmen responded to the call, the 67-year-old PNP stalwart was found with multiple gunshot wounds, on her kitchen floor.

Morris, who previously served as councillor for the White Horses Division in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation, was murdered as the PNP still tries to come to grips with the brutal killing of MP for East Portland Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, whose body was found with multiple stab wounds on February 2.

In a statement issued after Morris’ killing, PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson said the murder had shocked and saddened the party.

He said it had “compounded the dampened spirit and sorrow among the entire membership of the organization who are preoccupied with the burial arrangement of Dr Bloomfield”. 

“The killing of the former Councillor and PNP activist continues a catalogue of wanton acts of criminality across the country that leave too many individuals and families in mourning and rob the community and the nation of its best talents,” Robinson said.

“The PNP continues to maintain that no Jamaican should have to face this viciousness in their own country. We, therefore, urge the security forces to do what is necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice. However, more importantly, we call upon anyone with information who can assist the police within the investigation, to provide whatever information known so that those responsible for Madge’s murder can be apprehended and brought to swift justice.”

The PNP also expressed concern that that the Andrew Holness administration has cut back on security assigned to former ministers of government.

“It is particularly troubling that while we are experiencing vicious attacks on our elected or former elected officials, and heightened level of threats, the government has proposed to withdraw or minimize the security details of former ministers of government,” it said.

The PNP has partnered with Crime Stop to offer a J$500,000 (US$3,667) award for information leading to the arrest of his killer(s).

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