PM Holness dismisses reports he does not rule out Vybz Kartel campaign on Vax – DancehallMag
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to dismiss recent reports claiming he was interested in asking incarcerated DJ Vybz Kartel to be part of his government’s Every Vax Counts campaign.
On Monday afternoon, Holness, via her social media pages, posted a video clip of her interaction with a reporter, who brought up the topic last Friday at the Caribbean Palms Community Center in St Andrew’s South West, a constituency represented by Dr Angela. Brown Burke, where the Department of Health and Welfare was undertaking a vaccination blitz.
The Jamaica Gleaner newspaper and this publication had concluded that Kartel “may have a role to play in the government’s pro-vaccination campaign,” like Holness, in answering a direct question about the Gaza boss’s commitment, “did not ruled out the possibility for the artist to participate in rallying Jamaicans ”.
However, on Monday Holness was on the defensive and, without addressing the reports head-on, said he was launching a new social media program to disavow any misprints or misquotes from his statements in the future.
“Today we are launching a new feature on my pages called ‘What Did I Really Say’. Too often I am attributed statements when I did not. If everyone has the right on his own interpretation he has to at least consider the facts. Here is what I said; draw your conclusions, “Holness wrote under a video clip of the question asked by the reporter and the lengthy answer he gave. given.
Today we are launching a new feature on my pages called “What did I actually say”. Too often, statements are attributed to me when I have not made any. While everyone is entitled to their own interpretation, they must at least take the facts into account.
Here is what I said. pic.twitter.com/VvpkwYxXJ0
– Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) September 20, 2021
In her response, Holness had dodged the question and made no mention of Kartel, either explicitly or implicitly. Speaking in general terms, he said, inter alia, that: “In the event of a national emergency such as a pandemic, we in the Government of Jamaica would seek the support of all good-hearted citizens to encourage the people. to be vaccinated… ”
Holness’s reserved response and subsequent rebuttal fell far short of that of Jamaica’s National Health Fund Chairman Howard Mitchell, who wanted Vybz Kartel to be at the forefront of the Ministry of Health’s Every Vax Counts campaign. Health, according to Professor Carolyn Cooper.
A few days later, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told The Star tabloid that he would like to see the All the time the artist gets vaccinated and becomes an influencer. In addition, the opposition health spokesperson had also said he would support any “jingle or song by Vybz Kartel aimed at encouraging Jamaicans to get vaccinated.”
Holness’s post had polarized responses on Twitter on Monday, as some users said his response to the reporter’s question neither confirmed nor denied that he wanted Kartel on the Vax campaign, while others accused the media of spreading lies.
Twitter users Sandy Golden and Cmac were among those who joined Holness in bashing the reporting.
“The media said the Prime Minister approved Kartel to campaign to encourage the Covid vaccine. Where in that statement did the PM say that. The media these days is something else. FALSE, ”Sandy wrote.
“The media continue to spread LIES and PROPAGANDA. If they had taken the lead in educating and encouraging people, the importance of getting vaccinated and uniting during this JA pandemic would be in a much better place today, ”Cmac said.
JawlettePP5, however, was not impressed with the answer Holness gave in the interview.
“After all that respectful talk you haven’t answered the question,” she wrote, while dante_blackwood added: “@AndrewHolnessJM you tend to only speak f_kry, format it in using swear words that the ordinary person cannot understand, but note that we know “faat cat”.
“Yes, I find it hard to say what you said and I see you really tried to ignore the question and mention Vybz Kartel’s name, but you still said you wanted everyone get on board, so to me that means you don’t mind using her name and brand to get people to get vaccinated, ”Leah wrote in response.