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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (third right), highlights a point while fielding questions from media personnel during a press conference at Jamaica House on Thursday (September 5). The press conference was held to announce a State of Public Emergency (SOE) in the parishes of Clarendon and St. Catherine. The Prime Minister also shared details on relief for the Bahamas after the passage of Hurricane Dorian. With the Prime Minister (from left) are Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang; Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade; and Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte.

January 8, 2021 | By Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie |

Speaking at a Power Of Faith, Prayer Breakfast on January 6, 2021 in Portmore, St. Catherine the Prime Minister healed rare praises on the security forces.  The PM said that the security forces performed especially well as it relates to the COVID 19 supervision while still doing other duties to keep Jamaica safe.

The PM also said there has been some J$40 billion dollars spent on crime and improved equipment like bikes, SUV vehicles and pick ups. Boat and other software are recent improvements.

Appeal For Heartware

It was an impassioned PM who appealed to the church to assist with reaching the hearts if especially young men who have been particularly vicious in their criminal attacks. Counting the word “Heartware” the PM was in full flight as he appealed to his captive audience to assist where possible to stem the crime wave.

Family Violence

Family violence has not passed the notice of the PM. Reference was made to a recent family related crime when family members were dismembered in a family attacks on siblings.  Suspects are in custody and will face the courts soon.  We must assume that they are innocent until found guilty by a competent tribunal.


The use of State Of Emergencies (SOEs) was reviewed. The PM criticized those who opposed the imposition of the state of emergencies as a crime fighting tool.  The court has ruled that the detention of suspects indefiniately has been ruled to be unconstitutional.

Opposition Speak Out

Senator Peter Bunting, now Opposition spokesman on National Security has criticized the PM for his use if SOEs. He said the PM has a perpensity to deny citizens of their rights.  Hecremibded that the court has ruled that thec continued use of SOEs was unconstitutional.  Bunting said more emphasis on social intervention would see a greater reduction in crime.  The effecient use of the resources was highlighted by Bunting as a possible area. The support of the Opposition cannot be gaurenteed, states Bunting. This support is crucial for success of the SOES.

There has been a two to  three percentage drop in crime when compared to the corresponding period for 2019.

Dr. Angela Brown Burke, MP for South West St. Andrew also lent her voice to opposition to the continued use of SOEs.

Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is a veteran journalist with an international exposure who loves politics.

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