'Too close for comfort, Desmond!'
JAMAICA Observer online readers have reacted with mixed emotions to Tuesday's attack by gunmen on the security team assigned to West Kingston Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie in the constituency. The readers were responding to a story published yesterday in which McKenzie described the incident as frightening. None of his bodyguards was injured in the attack. Here are some edited comments:
Good for you, Mr Mckenzie. I am not a JLP, but I wish every politician can take a page out of your book. By declaring that "I am on the side of law and order" as you stated.
@Sandra Gallimore: Yes, I share the same sentiments. I have never took sides in politics, but I really admire Mr McKenzie for his no-nonsense approach and his good qualities. I hope they catch those culprits and let the law prevail. Best wishes to him.
West Kingston residents are in shock about this shootout? Oooh my Gooood! This is the statement of the century. Too many of those people have known to be lawless and are numbered among the most disgraceful in the world! I have seen some pictures of some of them in our newspapers where they were prancing up and down the streets, and boy, they look like the darlings of ghetto rats. Mr McKenzie, you are now scared? The chickens have come home to roost, "big man".
I'm not Jamaican but I'm black, and when I see black people act so uncivilised and like you said, ghetto rats, it makes me so ashamed. These people don't realise that people around the world are seeing these pictures.
Yuh see why we caan give gunman a break? If we allow dem fi roam den chaos will reign. The security minister should flood downtown wid soldiers permanently and take back di district. What him waiting for?
@chuck emanuel - 1st Original: I wish the MP of the Majestic Gardens area would get under the skin of the ones there and be more vocal. Better yet, the MP should come out against garrisons as was requested and let us see what happens. At least Mr McKenzie is taking a stand, and his actions seem to be speaking louder than the words of others...
I urge Mr Andrew Holness, and Mr McKenzie to use this incident to clean the garrison politics once and for all. As the saying goes out of evil come forth good. Even if the clumsy PNP is not a willing participant, the JLP should take the lead. Believe me the people of Jamaica will reward you handsomely.
These guys are a bunch of cowards seeking attention. The police did well to protect lives...
Jamaica is fast becoming an intolerable place to live.
Politicians have created the monster, it is now their worst nightmare.
I applaud you, Mr McKenzie for taking a stand against criminals. If we could only get other politicians to take a page from your book we might have a chance of gaining back our country. Many foreigners are watching and can't wait to come back to Jamaica to spend some money away from this darn cold.
What will it take for these gunmen to [disappear] for good? I believe they have got nothing to live for and I also believe if one gets caught with an illegal gun they should receive an automatic sentencing of 30 years in prison.
A lawless country under the PNP misrule.
Too close for comfort, Desmond!
The gun violence continues and the government continues to bury [its] head in the sand. It is shocking, immoral, and disgraceful that a government elected by the people to provide good governance sits by quietly as gunmen roam the island terrorising and killing people with impunity.
I have said and I still believe that if politicians put the life and wellbeing of his/her constituents over his or her own interests, Jamaica will be free of crime within 10 years. Funny thing is crime made most of our MPs.
McKenzie for PM! Adams for PC!
The constituency rejected you in favour of Bruce Golding. They accepted you after Golding's departure. Now they don't want you for it appears you are trying to change from what you used to be. They rejected Golding too, after he ordered the security forces in to capture Dudus. The lesson here, Desmond, is that when you create a monster you can't control it; it ends up controlling you. Every MP of West Kingston was at one point or the other controlled by the monster that was created decades ago.