Manatt Commission

The Manatt Commission of Enquiry will continue its sittings. Unfortunately, the Commission is already being seen as a grand waste of time by some people.  In addition, calls for a Commission of Enquiry into the Tivoli incursion are continuing. The need for a Tivoli Enquiry is being seen as increasingly important with every day that the Commission does not sit for a full day, that documents and statements are not submitted when asked for, and with one critial witness, attorney-at-law Harold Brady, having refused to testify.

It is undoubtedly true that there are many who would wish to testify at a Tivoli Enquiry, and there would be no shortage of witnesses. It is certainly true that in the long run, the circumstances surrounding the death of so many Jamaicans are at least as important, if not more so, than the circumstances under which the US law firm Manatt, Phelps and Phillips was hired.

I certainly do not believe that one issue is more important than other, but surely there are critical questions in both matters that must be answered, or to which we should at least try to get answers. And despite the cynicism over the Manatt Enquiry, it has already shown the potential to reveal glimpses, at least, of what really happened.   Will we get the whole truth? Do we ever? And yet, the process may yet prove its worth.


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