As United States-Jamaica relations continue to deteriorate the United States has commenced canceling visas of prominent Jamaicans.
The first visa cancelled was that of Mr. Wayne Chen the Chairman of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), the corporate vehicle used by the Government of Jamaica to develop unused resources which lie in proximity to urban areas or which can be made into urban areas so as to stimulate economic development.
Chen is a close ally of Bruce Golding the Prime Minister of Jamaica who has defied the United States by stalling the extradition of Christopher Michael Coke, a.k.a. ‘Dudus’, the head of the Shower Posse, whose central operation is based in Tivoli Gardens, Kingston Jamaica.
Christopher Coke has been named by the US Department of Justice to a list of “consolidate priority organization targets” which includes persons the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) says are the “world’s most dangerous narcotics kingpins”. Mr. Coke is a US fugitive and he has been indicted by a Grand Jury in the Southern District of New York and has been charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana and conspiracy to illegally traffic in firearms.
Prime Minister Golding’s hostility to the United States request for Coke’s extradition has doomed the non- immigrant visas of many Jamaicans as the US State Department begin to lower the boom on its Caribbean neighbor.
A reliable US State Department source stated that 15 more visa’s will be cancelled this week. As Jamaicans cool their heels at home, Mr. Coke continues to enjoy the benefits of a multi million dollar contract that was awarded to his company, Incomparable Enterprises Limited by the Government of Jamaica.
On everyone’s lips now is the burning question- What will Uncle Sam do next if Golding continues to defy him? We were told by our source that many options exist, none of which would do Jamaica’s failed economy any good.