The opposition party said in a release that, “Many of the murders which have occurred may have been avoided had a more proactive approach been taken to the seriousness of crime in this Federation. We must not continue to slumber only to be awakened when a visitor is shot or murdered and our economy irreparably damaged, before this Federation takes the corrective actions we all know to be required.”
PAM said that the ineptitude and disastrous manner with which the escalating crime problem has been handled thus far, demands drastic change.
The Leadership of the People’s Action Movement also expressed outrage at what it referred to as the continued deafening silence of Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas on this unprecedented crime wave.
“The federation is in the midst of s CRIME CRISIS and the country requires the leadership of the government. If the present administration is unable to provide such leadership they should step down,” said the PAM release.
PAM argues that it is time to reverse the “murderous trend as crime in this nation appears to be getting progressively worse!”
The party said that it supports the recent recommendations that have been made by the Opposition Leader in the National Assembly, Mark Brantley.
“Other crime fighting plans have been tabled by the NGOs and the Peoples Action Movement, both of which ought to be very seriously considered and added to any plans which the present administration may have developed on its own”, said the release.
“After twenty six murders in eight months at a murder rate in a population of less than 50,000, we have earned the dubious distinction of being the country with the highest murder rate in the World. We have grown accustomed to the refrain that there is crime all over, but the fact is crime in St. Kitts-Nevis is incomparable with our neighbors in the Caribbean including Barbados, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada that all boast a much lower murder count and murder rate than St. Kitts-Nevis. The fact is our crime rate should never be as high as it is,” argues the People’s Action Movement.
PAM said that it wishes to express deep and heartfelt sympathy to the immediate families, close relatives and friends of the four young men who were most recently murdered, before the very eyes of the public.
They also wished a speedy recovery to those who survived the most recent spate of unwarranted firearm attacks and who remain in hospital today. “This senseless disregard for human life has gone on for way too long without serious visible efforts being made to curb the hurt which is being perpetrated upon our citizens, some of whom relied upon the now deceased to provide financial and equally important fatherly support to children left behind,” said the statement
PAM is of the view that for too long citizens have been calling on those in authority to display the leadership necessary to get the sixteen year old crime wave under control. Cries to the administration to provide funding for crime fighting resources have all but been ignored, said the party.