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Obeah man not the solution, Minister Montaque

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 1:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

We can all agree that crime is an issue in Jamaica that needs every hand on deck to solve and to rid our country of this noose that is around the neck of brand Jamaica. Since this Jamaica Labour Party administration has taken office, the Jamaican people are yet to hear from the minister of national security a fulsome and concise plan as to how his administration will tackle this issue of crime. This after the prime minister himself rode in on a promise that persons would soon be able to sleep with their windows and doors open. We hear the minister of national security saying the new commissioner when selected should come with a crime plan, but I thought that was the job of Robert Montague.

You cannot believe my surprise when I heard the minister of national security say that the criminals should run because his "uncle is a obeah man". Is this what we have come to as a nation? Is this the crime plan that the minister has to offer? This is what brand Jamaica has come to, that we resort to obeah to fix our crime problems. We must be viewed as the laughing stock when it comes to national security. If this is the recommendation of the minister, I must say this is worse than the tax break that was promised and never happened.

I honestly believe that no other person than the prime minister should relieve Minister Montague of his ministerial responsibilities, because clearly he is not even aware that obeah is illegal in Jamaica. I know that we need all hands on board but the obeah man is not the solution, Minister Montague. Please come with concrete plans to reassure a worrying nation that you know what you are doing.

Ralston

Chamberlain,

Toronto, Ontario