Government Senator Matthew Samuda this afternoon warned that there’s likely to be a political price to pay should the Opposition PNP shut down several states of public emergency despite a 22-percent decline in murders this year.

Senator Samuda also angered Opposition Senators when he suggested that the PNP may be attempting to undermine the crime fight.

Senator Samuda was making his contribution to the State of the Nation debate. He argued that the states of public emergency put in place by the Holness-administration have been protecting the ultimate human right of many Jamaicans.

But noted that several comments made by Opposition members suggest they plan not to support a further extension of the enhanced security measure.

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Opposition Senator KD Knight intervened.

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But Senator Samuda continued. He criticized Opposition MP, Lisa Hanna and cautioned the PNP.

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Senator Samuda raised eyebrows in parliament with this comment.

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