Vieux Fort South MP Dr. Kenny Anthony has expressed concern over an absence of what he described as ‘serious activity’ in Vieux Fort because of crime fears.
The community has witnessed a deadly gun violence spike that led the government in March this year to declare it an escalated crime zone.
The declaration gave expanded powers to the police to fight crime.
“Vieux Fort has suffered immeasurably in the last year because of the absence of serious activity in the community, allegedly because of the crime situation in the community,” Dr. Anthony told the House of Assembly Tuesday.
And he recalled taking umbrage at decisions made by some organisations, including Blackheart Football.
Last year, Blackheart decided not to host tournament matches in Vieux Fort, citing safety concerns.
“I did feel, irrespective of what the police said, that the decision to relocate or reassign Blackheart games elsewhere was not the wisest decision,” Dr. Anthony told the House of Assembly.
He explained that no community should face the degree of marginalisation and disregard that the people of Vieux Fort had to endure due to such decisions.
Anthony said he did not think such decisions necessarily helped the fight against crime.
“What you’re really doing is to just punish ordinary people and that’s really not the best thing to win their support,” the former Prime Minister asserted.
“Vieux Fort carries its crosses Mr. Speaker,” Anthony said.
But he said he was sure that a more enlightened approach would emerge.