PM Pleads With Opposition For Consensus To Tackle Crime


Prime Minister Andrew Holness is pleading with the Parliamentary Opposition for the consensus he says is necessary to address the nation’s crime problem. 

The Prime Minister was speaking during a debate on Tuesday before parliamentarians voted to extend the State of Emergency in the St Andrew South Police Division.

Mr Holness noted that it was a collaborative effort which allowed the nation to successfully complete the International Monetary Fund, IMF, programme and reduce the its debts. 

And, Mr. Holness says the back and forth debating over the efficiency and the appropriateness of the State of Emergency, is confusing the public. 

He argues that a consensus on crime similar to what was achieved on the economy could bring murders down to  about 500 per year. 

Mr Holness says he’s to meet with Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips on how to move forward on matters relating to crime.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

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.

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