After a recent visit to the SML 173 by Chief of the Accompong Maroons Chief Richard Currie, the government of Jamaica has backed off mining on approximately fifteen thousand acres of land surrounding the Cockpit Country, land ceded to the Maroons in a Treaty spanning almost 300 years between the Leeward Maroons and the British Empire.
In his sectoral debate contribution Minister of Mining in the Jamaica Government Robert Montaque, who interestingly in another portfolio suggested that a police post be erected in Accompong, announced Jamaica’s retreat from the Maroon lands, giving the maroons a well boosted victory that will no doubt increase the resolve of Maroons to protect their lands known as Cockpit Country.
Not wanting to appear weak, Montaque claimed it was a matter of hearing the cry of the residents in the affected areas which led to the back tracking by the GOJ, but we understand Jamaican politicians. Accompong News is however grateful for the new position the GOJ has taken and encourage them to continue retreating from the Cockpit Country.
This is a small victory for the Leeward Maroons and Chief of Accompong Maroons Richard Currie who has pledged to protect the Cockpit Country from all invaders.