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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.”



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+3 #8 Adam 2017-06-09 12:46
The violent crime situation wasn't any better under his watch, perhaps even worse. The truth is unless you take very drastic measures with incresed stop and search and roadblocks and enact special laws targeting gangs with very harsh penalties that might prove unpopular, you will never get rid or diminish the violent crime problem. This violent crime situation has been going on for too many years and nothing has worked. It is time to declare an all out war on the gangs and drug dealers and to selectively suspend the rule of law in order to exterminate these vile criminals who if left unchecked, as has happened so far, will sink the country once and for all.
+4 #7 CHARLIE 2017-06-09 07:20
wow all of a sudden this man knows how to fix a problem he was to deal with some time ago. He didn't accept responsibility then but now he knows how interested, its time everyone just get together and have a plan discussion about crime and stop playing games.
+3 #6 True Justice 2017-06-08 23:35
SPARE NOT OUR VIOLENT CRIMINALS, chop off their hands.

“When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her.” (Deuteronomy 25:11-12)
+4 #5 Maritza 2017-06-08 13:28
Maverick there is going to be stiffer legislation coming on June 13th next week. the government said at the last press conference that they are going to legislate stiffer penalties for gun related crimes. let us see if the hypocritical Opposition would support the bill or continue to hope that crime escalates.
+5 #4 Maverick 2017-06-08 12:52
I have been saying for the past five years, that we need to chop off the vagabonds hands, dig out their eyes or sew them shut. All our politicians are tippy toeing around the issue and none will agree to such a punishment and so the abuse will continue and SKN will be destroyed, because our leaders are weak and spineless. Increased incarceration does not scare any Monster! Enact such a law and go for the gun importers and the harbourers of these criminals, and those benefitting from their violence and the SILENT, will arise against the excrements and give them up. I am of the opinion, that our Police Force has sunk to an all time low and is ineffective. Maybe we need to clean the slate and start afresh. Crime is a National Issue and all must be charged with a duty to report all crime that they witness. Believe it or not, there is no crime to which there is not a witness. Brothers and sisters arise, put away your foolish 24 hours 7 days a week politics and clean up the scum from the politicians to the rogues preying on our nation. Put God first, others next and yourself last and we will have a pleasantly prosperous nation.
+6 #3 Maverick 2017-06-08 12:27
The clown has no oral authority, these abuse will not stop until the government grows a spine and enact laws to chop off the gun punks hands
+4 #2 The peoples voice 2017-06-08 10:30
I personally feel that all political parties should stop all these argument and degrading of each other. What we need from both is COUNTRY ABOVE SELF.
Come together as a united front and deal with the situation.
God knows there have to be a neutral body to stop any unnecessary statements when they do.
If our past and present Government (The Parents) act the way they do, what will stop our people (The children) from doing the same?
+4 #1 Maritza 2017-06-08 03:10
Wow, Dr Douglas says that the government is clueless on how to tackle crime. This was a man who was in charge of the country for almost 20 years when the country reached its epitome of 36 homicides in 2011. This was the same man who threw his hands up into the air when we became the murder capital of the world according to an article in the Jamaica gleaner. In 1995 when he took over the annual homicide was a paltry 3.

Douglas has no record or authority to be speaking on this matter of crime. For example let us look at the Coast Guard department left in dilapidation. All of the Coast Guard vessels were dysfunctional.

I am sure readers can recall that in 2014 a vessel had wondered astray in our waters they say and it ran aground in Dieppe Bay and the passengers were stranded o the vessel for days no one was able to board it to find out the condition of the vessel and to interview people etc. All of this happened before Saint Marten had to lend us a tug tow it away into SKMW Boat Yard in New Guinea.

Where were the coast guard vessels during this time? They were all sitting happily on dry dock. Hence Denzil should be ashamed to be talking on this matter.

Does he have the authority to speak on this matter of crime? Certainly not!

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