Jess wants help for May Pen fire victims

December 04, 2019
Delroy McFarlane lost all his goods in the fire that destroyed the May Pen Market in Clarendon on Sunday.
Delroy McFarlane lost all his goods in the fire that destroyed the May Pen Market in Clarendon on Sunday.

Zuleika Jess, the People's National Party caretaker for Central Clarendon, said the Government should step forward and help vendors affected by Sunday's fire at the May Pen Market.

"I am calling on the Clarendon Municipal Corporation and the Ministry of Local Government to immediately identify a suitable alternative site for a temporary market space, and to provide some form of compensation to allow the affected vendors to get back on their feet as soon as possible. The livelihood of many men, women and children is at stake and relief must be provided with utmost haste," Jess said.

The May Pen Market was transformed into a furnace just over three weeks before Christmas.

"This tragedy further highlights the poor state of infrastructure in central Clarendon as a result of many years of neglect, lack of planning and interest in the welfare of our people. It is an empty boast to talk about economic development if the masses of people continue to suffer such hardships. This incident reinforces the need for improving the physical conditions in the market and strengthening fire-safety measures in the parish," she said.

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