ST ANDREW, Jamaica – The Government has vehemently condemned the shooting of a director of the Integrity Commission, calling it an “affront to the values of democracy.”
The director sustained gunshot injuries in the car park of the agency's New Kingston offices on Thursday morning.
The government says it is “deeply concerned” about the incident.
“The Integrity Commission plays a crucial role in upholding the principles of transparency, accountability, and integrity within our nation. Any act of violence directed at individuals serving in such critical roles is an affront to the values that our democracy stands for,” a release from the government read.
It added: “The Government has full confidence in the law enforcement agencies' ability to swiftly investigate this matter and bring those responsible to justice. We urge the public to cooperate with the authorities in their efforts to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation.”
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has underscored that violence has no place within society, emphasising the need for collective efforts in fostering a culture of respect, dialogue, and peaceful conflict resolution.
“Such incidents should not deter those dedicated to serving our nation with unwavering honesty and integrity,” Holness stated.
He stated that the government remains steadfast in its commitment to support the Integrity Commission's mission and will take all requisite measures to guarantee the safety and security of its staff.
“We call upon all Jamaicans to unite against violence and persist in their collective efforts towards a brighter and more prosperous future for our cherished nation,” Holness stated.