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Make Tufton national security minister

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM


There can be little doubt that most Jamaicans are unhappy with the crime crisis that we have been experiencing.

With more than 1,300 murders, a brazen invasion of one of our most fortified police stations, and the resignation of the police commissioner, it is clear that something different has to be done to get control of our crime problem.

There have been calls by many for the prime minister to appoint a new minister of national security, especially with the pending departure of the police commissioner. I agree with those calls. The current minister does not seem to know what to do.

Dr Christopher Tufton, the current minister of health, seems to be doing a better job than many of his colleague ministers in handling his responsibilities. Though no saviour, he has implemented what seems to be some good ideas in improving the delivery of health care in this country.

The interesting thing about Dr Tufton is that he seems willing to think outside of the box - to try new things. At the very least, the man is trying - and that can only be a good thing. Sadly, I don't think there are many

people who would say the same thing about the current minister of national security. Since the current minister has been in office, what have we seen? A serious rise in murders, people becoming even more scared for their lives, and most wondering if they will live to see the next day. Things cannot go on like this. We know that solving crime is not just the job of the security minister, but the current one seems to be more of an obstacle than anything else. I, like many others, think that the time for him to be replaced has long passed. Give Dr Tufton a chance.

Michael A. Dingwall