Mr Jackson said a high-level gathering needs to be convened in the next few days because innocent people are being slaughtered daily despite the presence of states of emergency in some sections of the island.
Mr Jackson said stakeholders in peace management, the church, the business sector and community representatives have been waiting for some time for the Prime Minister to initiate this meeting to discuss the crime situation but to no avail. An initial agreement to hold such a forum has reneged upon by the government and the stonewalling continues shamelessly.
The Shadow Minister said the People’s National Party (PNP) is very concerned about the rising murder rate despite the presence of States of Emergency and the Zones of Special Operations in some sections of the country, which goes to show that these initiatives as presently deployed are not quick fixes; and should not be seen as sustainable crime-fighting measures.
As far as the PNP is concerned, the time for action is now, Mr Jackson said. The numbers of murders and shootings keep rising and the incidents have become more bizarre, brazen and brutal, and spreading to areas hitherto peaceful and safe. The Crime situation is close to overrunning some communities and townships.
“No one feels safe, not our workers, not our children and we cannot continue to wait around and hope that the government will act in the interest of all our people,” Mr Jackson said.
He said he hope that the proceeding will be aired publicly to accord the opportunity for wider participation from citizens at home and abroad. This must be considered a national effort to get Jamaicans of whatever persuasion to come together against this crime monster.
“The platitudes and grandiose pronouncements of blind obedience to SOEs as the solution to our security challenges, continue to prove futile. The Opposition, along with other major stakeholders, continues to call on the Government to provide the nation with a crime plan. It is clear that we cannot depend on this government to act in the best interest of the Jamaican people, we will meet and put forward our ideas,” Mr Jackson said.
“This crime crisis is quietly worsening, amidst SOEs in three parishes, and two ZOSOs, all without a whisper from the Prime Minister or National Security Minister or Commissioner of Police. Without adequate security and a reasonable feeling of safety, progress and prosperity remain a fleeting illusion,” The Shadow Minister said.
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