Mr. Jackson said this latest futile statement from Dr. Chang is a terrifying reminder of a similar statement made in the 2016 campaign, promising Jamaicans a society in which they could sleep with windows and doors open.
He said the government has had more than four years to resolve the issue of crime and violence and curb the expansion of gang culture in our communities, and it has failed. Between 2014 – 2018, the country experienced a noticeable increase in gangs and gang violence, which Dr. Chang reported to the Parliament.
Dr. Chang told the Parliament then that some 389 gangs were operating in Jamaica, and that their level of cooperating had increased. Some of these “super gangs,” Mr. Jackson said, proliferated their activities under this JLP administration.
To date, JLP the government has not presented a credible crime plan, and under its watch, some 7000 citizens have been murdered, and countless more have been injured due to the government’s failed policy on crime. Up to August 7, 2020, more than 800 of our citizens from across the demographic spectrum have been murdered senselessly in communities throughout the island.
Mr. Jackson said, when Dr. Chang spoke in the 2020 Sectoral Debate a few weeks ago on his portfolio, he offered no credible solution, including no time-table and implementation plan for the much-expected legislation on violent gangs, even as he recognized the imminent danger facing the Jamaican society from the increase in gangs and gang activities.
He said the government’s policy of dependence to the States of Emergency (SOEs) and Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) had not produced authentic results and many of these same communities continue to suffer under heinous and harmful activities.
Therefore, he said, the People’s National Party maintains that Dr. Chang’s latest declaration on gangs is another electioneering panacea which he knows very well is an attempt to convey false hope to an electorate that is desirous for change.
“This is not the time to listen to the promises from a clueless JLP Administration and its agents. The JLP promises of a secured Jamaica is futile because for the last four and half years, it has failed to deliver on its 2016 promises to solve the most serious challenge threatening our society,” Mr. Jackson said.
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