Jamaica official falls for fake news about Saint Lucia diplomat

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Oct. 5 – The main opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Lisa Hanna has apologised for a blunder which resulted in her expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia’s Ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS) Anton Edmunds.

Hanna, in a release on Wednesday, expressed regret at the unfortunate demise of the St Lucian diplomat, whom she claimed, was a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday.

However, it was later revealed that the information was false.

As a result, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson Smith, issued a statement urging Hanna to exercise restrain and sensitivity when dealing with diplomatic issues.

Johnson Smith said Edmunds had corrected the false report on Tuesday, and said St Lucia’s Foreign Minister Sarah Flood Beaubrun confirmed that “their ambassador is alive and well”.

The Foreign Affairs minister underscored the need for Hanna to exercise “caution and sensitivity in pronouncing on such matters, and indeed on matters generally associated with Jamaica’s foreign policy and relations”.

Johnson Smith extended her regrets to the people and Government of St Lucia for any distress caused by the statement attributed to the Opposition spokesperson.

Hanna, who was recently appointed the spokesman on foreign affairs, said the release with unverified information was inadvertently sent from her office.

Meanwhile, Young Jamaica – the youth arm of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), described comments made by Hanna as reckless and unfortunate.

According to Young Jamaica Hanna is out of her depth in the new portfolio and embarrassed Jamaica because of her utterances.

The group said Hanna was insensitive to not only the family of Ambassador Edmunds but the families of the 59 persons killed and the over 500 injuries in the attack.

19 Comments

  1. Mel
    October 6, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Not too smart just like our PM

  2. Brian Gould
    October 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Let no good deed go unpunished seems to be the order of the day here. Lighten up. The story had a happy ending.

    1. Anonymous
      October 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm

      And she is pretty too so leave her alone.

  3. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    She made a mistake, get off her back!

    1. Anonymous
      October 6, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Exactly!! whats the BIG deal?????

  4. Petty
    October 6, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Exactly why linger on this issue. Hope all those pointing fingers are perfect.we all have made mistakes and have listened to here says as well. She made a mistake nd apologized. I am sire she will be careful on the future. And why does st.lucias pm have to be included in the issue of what this lady did? She is all the way in Jamaica . chastenet back must be really broad.

  5. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    She wasnt the only person its all over fb i saw it there good thing i dont coment on things in fb .. saying the man was gun down braking news ..(Word deleted) happen

  6. Nonsense
    October 6, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    People now are so sick, politics running hard everywhere. JLP calling her comments reckless and unfortunate, of all things to oppose. Dumb party supporters will be banding against the woman for that when none of them even know the St Lucian Ambassador or care to know who he is. The woman made a sincere mistake after receiving information from what she believed was a legitimate source. SO WHAT !

  7. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    I know right! Smdh

  8. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Mel you are funny..hahaha..right two no brainier

  9. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Mel you are not funny, but a jackass. Hope that you are perfect and never made a mistake.

  10. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Mel you’re not only funny but a no brainer yourself. You act like you have never made any mistake in life.

    1. Anonymous
      October 6, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      LOL.

  11. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    So so true. Such people act like that they’re so perfect. Politics make them fools.

  12. Bob
    October 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    You can’t text chas he is a winner he is rich also Mel that’s for u

  13. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Mel, based on your comment you seem to be a political fool.

  14. Brian Gould
    October 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Yes. She did the right thing for the right reason. She reacted to apparent bad news compassionately and sincerely. It is no shame on her to be pranked by some miscreant goof with no purpose in life but to senselessly waste people’s time. A pox upon them.

  15. bambi
    October 8, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    WHY ON HER CASE. She did nothing wrong.She did the right thing by offering her condolences and she is being blame because the damn was fake news.Give her a break.Love you my dear.More love.

  16. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    She did nothing wrong just act on what she heard.no biggy .we to quick to put our fellow man down.

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