PNP's Patriots demand resignation of security minister
The People’s National Party's (PNP) caucus of young professionals, the Patriots, are calling for the resignation of the minister of national security, Robert Montague.
The PNP affiliate says Montague has mismanaged the portfolio since he took office in March last year and has called him an "existential threat to national security".
Patriots chairman, Javette Nixon, says Montague has presided over increasing levels of insecurity and fear among Jamaicans everyday for the past six months.
He claims Jamaicans are demanding Montague's sacking in order to stem the high number of murders in the country.
More than 1,300 people were murdered last year and, according to reports, more than 80 have already been murdered 22 days into 2017.
Nixon claims January 2017 has been Jamaica’s bloodiest start to a New Year. He claims this is comparison to same period in 2016, when clear progress was being made under the PNP administration.
He says the increase in murders is evidence of a rudderless and failing security climate where growing numbers of vulnerable people are falling victim to vicious criminals.
He says the minister should admit to having lost control of the situation and resign.
The Patriots chairman says its national council has invited PNP Members of Parliament Julian Robinson and Dr Peter Phillips to a private meeting on February 4, to discuss crime fighting proposals.