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A mongoose on fire!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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Dear Editor,

Just a few years ago, Peter Bunting, in his capacity of minister of national security, was bemoaning that even with the best efforts of Jamaica's security forces the only solution to our national crime problem was divine intervention.

I support the call for divine intervention to touch the hearts of all Jamaicans; however, fast-forward to 2019 and look at the hypocritical stance being taken by Bunting to say that the reason our crime problem is spiralling is the failure in policy and operations of the security forces.

Just last year a newspaper article spoke about the Savanna-la-Mar Public General Hospital being pressured by the increase in gun violence. The hospital staff has been stretched thin and there has even been an instance of gangsters forcefully trying to enter the hospital to complete hit jobs. With public health and safety under constant threat is this not a state of emergency?

Back in the day we had a very interesting way of lighting our cane fields during harvesting season. They would douse a mongoose in gas or kerosene and set him loose in the fields. In a futile effort to save himself he would run through the entire field and consequently set the field ablaze. Bunting could be likened to a mongoose on fire. He is so focused on his own selfish desires for party leadership that he is willing to set the country ablaze. A mongoose on fire does not care about context and space, or where he is; he cares about nothing but his own salvation.

Kevin Lawson


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