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As Independence Day approaches on November 1st, the residents of St. John City South have continued to express their opposition to the nomination of their parliamentary representative, Attorney-General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin, for a knighthood.
The National Honour and Awards Committee received a petition signed by 80 constituents, urging them to reconsider the bestowal of this national honour on Benjamin.
The residents of St. John City South have raised concerns about the motivation for the award, given the deteriorating living conditions in the area during Benjamin’s 30-year tenure as the representative.
They also believe that awarding Benjamin such a high honour, despite his poor track record of performance, undermines the concept of national service and diminishes the accomplishments of other deserving recipients.
Constituents have cited several reasons for their opposition to Benjamin’s nomination, including alleged involvement in nefarious activities, charges of criminal conduct, bad advice provided to the government, and poor representation of the people.
These factors have led them to believe that Benjamin is unfit for such a high honour.