Prime Minister Promises ‘Significant’ Reduction in Murder Rate This Decade


Prime Minister Andrew Holness is promising Jamaicans that the country’s murder rate will be significantly reduced during this decade.

He was addressing a JLP Area Council 1 meeting on Sunday in Olympic Gardens.

The Prime Minister says he’s confident that what he describes as the unprecedented investment by his administration in various aspects of the national security apparatus will bear fruit.

Mr. Holness says in 1-year his administration invested $41-billion in the national security portfolio, which he says is 4-times as much as the PNP invested during its most recent 4-year term in office.

The Prime Minister and JLP Leader lashed out at the Opposition PNP for its posture on the crime-fighting efforts of his administration.

Mr. Holness says his administration has had to be spending significant time and resources correcting what he says was the casual and flawed approach the former PNP administration took towards the country’s national security.

Abka Fitz-Henley is a multiple award-winning journalist who is currently the Senior Reporter at Nationwide News Network (NNN). His primary areas of focus are Court, Crime and Parliamentary proceedings. Fitz-Henley was recently recognized in the regional celebrity magazine publication Panache as “The Breaking News Boss”. At 21 years of age, following his 1st year in media, Fitz-Henley was recognized with the Young Journalist of the year award from The Press Association of Jamaica and went on to cop one of the country’s highest recognized journalism prizes, the Journalist of the Year Award. He’s also been awarded the prestigious Corporate Jamaica Broilers Fairplay 1st place Award for investigative journalism and is the recipient of the Caribbean Blog Award for coverage of the infamous Kartel murder trial. Fitz-Henley is also the recipient of the PM Youth Award for Excellence. Over the years, he has appeared as a guest on the BBC World Service and BBC London.

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