Civil society group, Citizens’ Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI), said the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration should use the New Year to redeem itself on what it calls the sore issue of corruption.
In a statement addressing resolutions for 2014, Co-convenor of CAPI, Dennis Meadows said the Government should exploit the New Year to restore lost credibility and trust.
He said the Government has given mixed messages on the issue of corruption and pointed to the reinstatement of State Minister Richard Azan as well as actions to diminish the powers of the Office of the Contractor General.
Meadows said for the upcoming year, the promised legislation to strengthen the OCG's powers, and enact laws to create a single anti-corruption body must be atop of the Government’s agenda.
Meadows said the ongoing argument between the People’s National Party and the Jamaica Labour Party over Jamaica’s crime problem does not facilitate well-needed solutions.
He adds that successive governments have always taken short-term and reactive approach to crime, rather than pursuing sustainable and proactive policies aimed at addressing its root causes.
According to the former Opposition senator, crime needs a coalition involving the Government, Opposition and stakeholders in society.
CAPI has proposed the establishment of a reserve cohort of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
According to the group, this will go a far way in augmenting the active JCF membership and improving the current ratio of police to citizens which stands at 297 per 100,000.
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