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JAMAICA | Holness to commission study on violence in Jamaica

Featured Prime Minister Andrew Holness addresses members of the diaspora in Wahington DC at last night's town hall meeting at the Howard University Medical School auditorium. |Derrick Scott photo Prime Minister Andrew Holness addresses members of the diaspora in Wahington DC at last night's town hall meeting at the Howard University Medical School auditorium. |Derrick Scott photo
WASHINGTON DC,  Nov. 27, 2018 - As the government tries to get a grip on the rampant murder problem that seem to have been overtaking Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says early next year, he will be announcing a commission to undertake a study on violence in Jamaica.

PM Holness told Jamaicans  at a town hall at the  Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C, that the  mandate of the commission would be to make recommendations to the government on measures that may be pursued to make Jamaica a more caring and loving society.

"I think that that is very important to our brand because violence is tarnishing Jamaica," Holness lamented..

Holness suggested that one of the reasons for Jamaica's crime problem stemmed from the propensity to violence, while a secondary issue related to the lack of trust in the police.

This he said resulted in criminals assuming the roles of dispensing justice, welfare and protection.

He said at present, the government was seeking to correst this problem, and one of the ways in which was being done was through  the declaration  of States of Emergency and the Zones of Special Operations in certain parts of the country.

Holness claimed that "For the first time, the Jamaican government has deployed force."

The Prime Minister also told members of the Jamaican diaspora in Washington that there have been no complaint of misuse of force in the areas where the security measures have been imposed.

The Prime Minister has promised that within the next decade, Jamaica's murder rate and level of violence will be significantly reduced.

 

Last modified onTuesday, 27 November 2018 13:42
  • Countries: Jamaica

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