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Holness, Phillips to publicly repudiate link between politics and gangs

Friday, October 18, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips have both agreed to publicly repudiate any connection between politics and gang violence and are to walk together in violence affected communities.

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), in a statement late yesterday, said the two political leaders also agreed to meet with residents in St James, which remains under a state of public emergency.

The agreement was made yesterday at an anti-crime summit, which was attended by representatives from the Government, Opposition and civil society groups.

A working group was also appointed to develop a national crime strategy.

PSOJ said the working group is to advance the development of a strategic process, which is measurable, and will produce an interim report by November 30 after which the full group will reconvene.

The group, it said, has been mandated to examine existing reports and studies.

The summit, which was facilitated by the private sector, emphasised that the work of the group would be data driven and evidence based, and would benefit from expert advice.

In addition to presentations from Holness and Phillips, the summit was also addressed by Minister of National Security, Dr Horace Chang, and heard interventions from a number of representatives from civil society groups, PSOJ said.

The summit, which was announced in Parliament on Tuesday, is a follow up to an initial meeting last week Thursday between Holness and Phillips.


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