Mixed Responses from St James Political Reps to Mt Salem ZOSO

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West Central St. James Member of Parliament, Marlene Malahoo-Forte, is welcoming the declaration of Mount Salem as a zone of special operations.

Mount Salem is in Mrs. Malahoo Forte’s constituency.

She says there are many law abiding residents in Mount Salem who support today’s intervention by the state.

However, she says she’s not surprised that some cynics and unlawful elements appear opposed to the plan.

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Meanwhile, preliminary reports emerging out of St. James are that at least 20-people from the Mount Salem area have been taken into custody

Communication Officer for the JDF, Major Basil Jarrett says a wanted man is among those detained.

Councilor for the Mount Salem Division in St. James, the PNP’s Kerry Thomas is calling for more sensitization activities for residents of the community.

He says he’s received complaints that residents had trouble moving about the community this morning.

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Councilor Thomas says he’s puzzled by the selection of Mount Salem, as it’s not currently a crime hotspot.

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Thomas says he’s expecting the operations within the community to be a success.

In the meantime, Mayor of Montego Bay, Homer Davis, says he’s expecting positive results from the special operations in Mount Salem.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


2 thoughts on “Mixed Responses from St James Political Reps to Mt Salem ZOSO

  1. chikV2Ebola

    This PNP Councillor says he does not know of any of these gangs in his division !
    This tells you why crime seem to be a lucrative business in these areas!

    1. JAY

      Exactly.. for him to say that, just shows how much the PNP wants this to work.. They do NOT. Trust me… the only reason they not opposing this initiative 100% is because of the negative backlash they will be getting from the public.. and they are looking for votes….come election time.

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