St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The parliamentary opposition is accusing the Team Unity administration of being unable to manage the country’s growing crime situation.
Opposition Leader Denzil Douglas was commenting on the three homicides that occurred this past holiday weekend.
According to Dr Douglas the slaughter continues, while the administration, in his words, appears clueless on how to tackle the problem.
“The government is clueless, the government has not conceived of any plan, the government operated on an agenda of deception to get into office and hoping that they will find some kind of solution while they are sitting in their offices while the people of St Kitts and Nevis continue to languish and wonder what is happening to our federation of St Kitts and Nevis. One is very concerned about this worsening crime situation that is a threat to our institutions, the high number of murders, again I emphasize, is worrisome and scary. The robberies, the rapes, the violence that puts fear in the hearts of our citizens, this is what really is troubling our country today and it would appear as I said, the government remains clueless.”
The government is also being taken to task over the handling of the disappearance of BHS student – seventeen year old Leanna Napoleon, who is still missing after some four weeks.
“And if the government takes four weeks to respond to an outcry, a national outcry, when Leanna Napoleon, seventeen years old, has gone missing for several weeks and it took the government almost three or so weeks to come together to have a press conference, to allay the fears and concerns of the parents of our country as to what is really going to happen if their children as well were to be found in similar situations. How is the government going to tackle it? How is the government going to assure us as parents, as guardians as citizens of our country that there is a concerted plan of action to pursue matters of this kind, when they arise in our ongoing developing society?”
Opposition Leader Douglas’ crime-related comments were made on Kyss FM Tuesday morning (June 6).
At his press conference last week, Prime Minister Timothy Harris reiterated that his government is taking a zero tolerance approach to crime.
According to Dr Harris, the government is doing all that it reasonably can to reverse the trend of violent crime in St Kitts and Nevis.
“And we as a government and people will continue to strengthen our security forces so that they are resilient in their fight against crime. My government continues to confront the challenges of law and order and we are doing all that we reasonably can to reverse the trend of violent crime that has bedeviled our country for over twenty years, reaching a high of about thirty six homicides in 2011. This was an unacceptable state of affairs and we have been doing what we can to contain and reduce incidences of violent crime.”