PNP wants high-level meeting to discuss deteriorating crime situation

Monday, June 24, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica —Opposition Spokesman on national security, Fitz Jackson, says there is an urgent need for key stakeholders to come together to address the continuous upsurge in crime across the country.

Jackson, in a PNP statement today, said the People's National Party (PNP) has been awaiting such a meeting since it was promised as a follow up to the Vale Royal Talks in January.

He stated that a high-level gathering needs to be convened in the next few days because innocent people are being slaughtered daily despite the presence of states of emergency in some sections of the island.

Jackson said stakeholders in peace management, the church, the business sector and community representatives have been waiting for some time for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to initiate this meeting to discuss the crime situation but to no avail.

An initial agreement to hold such a forum was reneged upon by the government and the stonewalling continues shamelessly, Jackson added.

The Opposition spokesman said his party is very concerned about the rising murder rate despite the presence of states of emergency (SOE) and the zones of special operations (ZOSO) in some sections of the country, “which goes to show that these initiatives as presently deployed are not quick fixes; and should not be seen as sustainable crime-fighting measures”.

“This crime crisis is quietly worsening, amidst SOEs in three parishes, and two ZOSOs, all without a whisper from the Prime Minister or National Security Minister or Commissioner of Police. Without adequate security and a reasonable feeling of safety, progress and prosperity remain a fleeting illusion.”

Jackson expressed hope that the proposed meeting will be aired publicly to accord the opportunity for wider participation from citizens at home and abroad.

“This must be considered a national effort to get Jamaicans of whatever persuasion to come together against this crime monster,” he said.

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