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Jackson says Gov't suppressing murder figures

Monday, February 17, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Opposition spokesman on national security Fitz Jackson has accused the Government of instructing the police to reduce the frequency of publishing the figures.

Jackson told Sunday night's presentation of former chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye at a party meeting in East Central St Catherine, that the instruction was given a month ago.

“Many of you don't know that, since a month ago, the Government has instructed the police force to stop publishing the murder rate as frequently as they used to,” Jackson said.

He said that this was done by the Government, “because they don't want you to be aware of the level of danger than you live in every day,” Jackson stated.

“That is the level of hypocrisy that exists in this Government. That is the reason why the People's National Party (PNP) is doing all that we can to make sure that we form the next Government,” he added, as he joined in welcoming Dr De La Haye as the new candidate/caretaker for East Central St Catherine, now represented by the Jamaica Labour Party's Alando Terrelonge, at the Cedar Grove Academy, St Catherine.

At the meeting Terrelonge, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Government came under constant attack from speakers, including Jackson, who is the chairman of the PNP.

Focusing on crime, Jackson said that the Government was not only corrupt “in tiefing money”, but was also corrupt in terms of being “dishonest and non-transparent” in dealing with the public.

He said that PNP leader Dr Peter Phillips has demonstrated a history of performance in all portfolios he has held in Government.

“I don't care how young or old, man or woman. What I want is competence, and that is what Peter David Phillips has demonstrated. He has a track record of achievements,” he stated.

Balford Henry

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