There are mixed reactions among leaders in some sections of St Catherine regarding the possible extension of a State of Emergency, SOE, in the parish when the enhanced security measure expires in 14 days.
On Friday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness formally announced the declaration of a SOE in St Catherine amid a recent flare-up of violence which left three people dead and scores more injured in its capital, Spanish Town.
Member of Parliament for St Catherine Eastern, Denise Daley says she doesn’t support SOEs.
Although she admitted that 14 days is not enough time to stem the growing violence in the parish, she’s maintaining that the government needs a solid crime plan.
Member of Parliament for St Catherine Eastern Denise Daley,
In the meantime, President of the St Catherine Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Robotham says he supports an extension of the SOE if needed.
However, he noted that a medium or long-term solution is needed.
President of St Catherine Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Robotham.
Mr. Robotham and Ms Daley were speaking during Nationwide at Five Friday evening with Franklyn McKnight and Rodney Campbell.