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Letter of the Day | Where are moral voices on Zimbabwe murder?

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2017 | 12:00 AM


On August 8, 2017, I observed in anguish a section of the community of Zimbabwe in Arnett Gardens shamelessly turn their anger on the mother of slain Micholle Moulton, with my silent cry, "O judgement! Thou art fled to brutish beasts, and men have lost their reason."

The placard-bearing mob was furious that the name of their beloved community was being tarnished because of claims that the teen was murdered for not yielding to sexual demands from males in the area. What good reputation does any community have when guns are fired on children during their sleep?

As the people giggled and directed their vile slurs towards the grieving mother, one had to conclude that the American Embassy and other such places will forever have long lines with decent Jamaicans evacuating their homeland.

The same day, I was at the monthly meeting of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) in a professional capacity. It was important for the mayor, Delroy Williams, to take a public stance on the matter, but while he spoke, a young councillor had a whale of a time berating her colleagues for not supporting the right aspirants in the South West St Andrew constituency selection, with words like "Judas" and "disgrace", while the minority leader in the KSAMC, and the councillor for the area where the distraught family resided, had nothing to say on the horrendous murder.


Onslaught on children


There should be little surprise at the regular onslaught on children, and other vulnerable persons and the insensitive approach shown to victims by the Church, other groups and individuals who can influence change.

Check the average sermon that emanates from the pulpit. It is not against rape, dishonesty, injustice, lottery scamming, and the seemingly cultural attitude of giving protection to wrongdoers. Just recently, scores of churches closed their doors, and members and followers headed to Half-Way Tree to showcase their misunderstanding of the Buggery Act. If the agonies faced by most of us were met with that fervency, and constant demonstration, the killing of children would be the rarest of occurrences in Zimbabwe.