The PNP General Secretary said while he was unable to comment on the specific circumstances which led to the killing of Mr. Wynter, Jamaica is currently contending with two epidemics: COVID-19 and a runaway homicide rate.
In light of this, he says the Opposition is renewing its call for the Andrew Holness administration to take urgent action to control the Island’s murder rate. “The government must take urgent steps to implement a crime management strategy that will give the nation some reprieve from the bloodletting,” Dr. Campbell declared.
In his budget address, Opposition Leader Mark Golding called on the Government to take the approach of social investment in the underserved communities, in order to beef up crime prevention activities and deepen the capacity of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
The General Secretary further warns that crime and violence cannot be allowed to continue unabated as the entire nation is at risk. “In 2020, Jamaica recorded the highest level of homicides in the entire western hemisphere.
The country takes no comfort in the Prime Minister’s pronouncement last week that we have, “flattened the murder curve between 2018 and 2021” at a rate that is the highest in the hemisphere. We demand an approach that goes beyond States of Emergency and ZOSO” said Dr Campbell.
On behalf of the People’s National Party, General Secretary Campbell offered his profound sympathies to the family and friends of Comrade Wynter and to the extended South West, St Ann PNP family.
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