In a statement to the media this afternoon, Hutchinson came to the Jamaican people clothed in the proverbial raiment of penitence, “sack cloth and ashes” pleading ‘mea maxima culpa’.
“My actions were never designed for personal benefit but arose out of a conviction that strong and decisive action was necessary to preserve the Holland Estate lands (the “Lands”) for small farmers.”
The now former minister with responsibility for agriculture in the MICAF ministry, said explained that “there was a real risk that without strong and decisive action the Lands would have been overtaken by squatters and stray animals as has happened in the past. I therefore acted out of my perception that the proper course, of having the Agro Investment Corporation handle the transition to small farmers, would have been ineffective.”
He however admitted culpability, noting that “I was wrong. The course of action I chose cannot be defended. Though my goals were noble, the procedure I used was flawed and the ends do not justify the means.”
Hutchinson who was shifted by the prime minister from Agriculture to the Office of the Prime Minister, claimed in his statement, that “throughout my long career in public life, I have acted with probity and adhered to high standards of conduct. I trust that my contrition and the sincerity of my apology for this error is self-evident and that, in the end, I will be judged by the totality of my contribution to public life.
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