Statement Hon Joachim Henry on Crime

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I join my Political Leader and colleagues to address you on a number of issues facing our country at this time. I will specifically address the crime situation and the matter relating to Hon. Jimmy Henry.

You will recall that during the election campaign, a key issue was the state of crime and in particular the number of homicides in Saint Lucia. The UWP was persistent in its criticism of SLP administration policies and programs relating to law and order. You will also recall that it was a favourite pastime of the UWP to blame Dr. Kenny Anthony and Philip La Corbinere for every homicide in Saint Lucia. In their final appeal to the electorate, Prime Minister Chastanet stated categorically that he will make Saint Lucia safe again. He made a promise to the people of Saint Lucia that homicides will be curtailed and crime will be reduced. It was announced that Hermangild Francis would be appointed as Minister to deal with the crime situation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, what has happened since June 2016? We have seen an escalation of homicides 19 between June 2016 and December 2016 and 30 since January 2017. For the period January to June 2016, there were 12 murders! Compared to January to June 2017, that’s 250% increase! And that’s only for homicides. We have seen an increase in robberies, rapes and violence.

We are yet to hear of any new policy or witnessed any new program to reduce the crime situation in the Country. The Minister and the Government seem to be clueless, incompetent and confused. Worse there is a growing insensitivity from the Minister and Government to lawlessness which is pervading the country. The rising fear of our citizens is being totally ignored.

We cannot allow Government to be indifferent to our cries for a more robust response to the frightening situation. The Saint Lucia Labour Party does not want to seem to be politicizing the desperate situation in the country but we cannot continue to be silent and patient.

Ladies and Gentlemen it is not only with the worsening situation with homicides, robberies and rapes that Saint Lucians are expressing their dissatisfaction. Last week it was announced on a local talk show that a Minister had been under surveillance for illegal activities and was actually searched at the George Charles Airport. This is a serious claim which must be addressed by the Prime Minister. It is either true and the Minister fired or the Prime Minister must assure the people of Saint Lucia that this is not true! The response cannot be that the Prime Minister proceeds on 21 days’ vacation. The people need answers. Every time we have a crisis in Saint Lucia, the Prime Minister must not respond by traveling overseas!

Upon taking office, Prime Minister Chastanet has treated Saint Lucia with an accumulation of contemptuous but subtle unconcerned gestures.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party calls on the Prime Minister to account to the people of Saint Lucia immediately or face the wrath of the people. This approach to governing must not be tolerated.

 

I thank you.

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

I join my Political Leader and colleagues to address you on a number of issues facing our country at this time. I will specifically address the crime situation and the matter relating to Hon. Jimmy Henry.

You will recall that during the election campaign, a key issue was the state of crime and in particular the number of homicides in Saint Lucia. The UWP was persistent in its criticism of SLP administration policies and programs relating to law and order. You will also recall that it was a favourite pastime of the UWP to blame Dr. Kenny Anthony and Philip La Corbinere for every homicide in Saint Lucia. In their final appeal to the electorate, Prime Minister Chastanet stated categorically that he will make Saint Lucia safe again. He made a promise to the people of Saint Lucia that homicides will be curtailed and crime will be reduced. It was announced that Hermangild Francis would be appointed as Minister to deal with the crime situation.

Ladies and Gentlemen, what has happened since June 2016? We have seen an escalation of homicides 19 between June 2016 and December 2016 and 30 since January 2017. For the period January to June 2016, there were 12 murders! Compared to January to June 2017, that’s 250% increase! And that’s only for homicides. We have seen an increase in robberies, rapes and violence.

We are yet to hear of any new policy or witnessed any new program to reduce the crime situation in the Country. The Minister and the Government seem to be clueless, incompetent and confused. Worse there is a growing insensitivity from the Minister and Government to lawlessness which is pervading the country. The rising fear of our citizens is being totally ignored.

We cannot allow Government to be indifferent to our cries for a more robust response to the frightening situation. The Saint Lucia Labour Party does not want to seem to be politicizing the desperate situation in the country but we cannot continue to be silent and patient.

Ladies and Gentlemen it is not only with the worsening situation with homicides, robberies and rapes that Saint Lucians are expressing their dissatisfaction. Last week it was announced on a local talk show that a Minister had been under surveillance for illegal activities and was actually searched at the George Charles Airport. This is a serious claim which must be addressed by the Prime Minister. It is either true and the Minister fired or the Prime Minister must assure the people of Saint Lucia that this is not true! The response cannot be that the Prime Minister proceeds on 21 days’ vacation. The people need answers. Every time we have a crisis in Saint Lucia, the Prime Minister must not respond by traveling overseas!

Upon taking office, Prime Minister Chastanet has treated Saint Lucia with an accumulation of contemptuous but subtle unconcerned gestures.

The Saint Lucia Labour Party calls on the Prime Minister to account to the people of Saint Lucia immediately or face the wrath of the people. This approach to governing must not be tolerated.

 

I thank you.

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 11, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Stop being so political and put a plan forward. Moving forward. ..what can we do as civillains. What advice would you like to give the present administration

  2. Curious
    July 11, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Henry has no advice on crime and doing just what his party says it dislikes – making crime a political issue.

    Further a lot of police dysfunction is due to the lingering effects of IMPACS. So who gave birth to IMPACS for cheap political reasons?

  3. Vibz
    July 11, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    I agree that a robust plan of action needs to be implemented by government with immediate effect. Training in (investigative techniques, evidence collection, forensics ), community policing, more mobile and foot patrols, stricter recruitment, quick response and follow-ups to complaints, programs for youths at risk, after-school programs for students should be put in place. Playing the blame game would achieve nothing. Only our collect brain power and our unrelenting and cohesive efforts would realize a serious dent in crime. The government MUST lead on this issue and the Opposition MUST desist from politicizing criminal activities.

  4. Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Neither of the political parties has answers to the crime situation on the island. They seem to have all the solutions when in opposition and when in office they go mute.

    Kenny single handedly destroyed the police force, intentionally or not. And the situation is made worse by the incompetence of majority of the police managers and leaders. Why government seems to find favor with such level of incompetence bewilders me. Is it because they , the government, can have those senior officers at their finger tips and can dictate to them at will? Now I must admit that there are some competent police managers among the lot but what has been done to them? They have been relegated to some back office or position in favor of those who are seemingly devoid of ideas, can hardly speak the queens English or are politically connected . Crime will never be positively impacted until the right persons are permitted to lead that organization. Trust me, there are capable leaders in that organization who can make a difference on crime.

    So Labour should shut the hell up and request a bipartisan approach to solving the crime situation. Crime is a social problem and therefore requires a collective societal response.

  5. Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 6:03 am

    this statement do not deserve a comment trust me
    when we make such a statement on crime and then to say we are not politicizing crime
    are we stupid thats exactly what you doing
    could you make a statement on EDAH INC which constructed the changing rooms in la croix

  6. Anonymous
    July 12, 2017 at 6:05 am

    The Saint Lucia Labour Party does not want to seem to be politicizing the desperate situation in the country but we cannot continue to be silent and patient.

  7. Jabal
    July 12, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Bro Joachim the church taught you that you do not make a public spectacle of people who have done wrong.

    You Guy and the rest stop putting earthly political gain ahead of your salvation.

    You all took an oath to represent God. Now would Jesus do that?

    Question!!!!!

  8. Calvin
    July 12, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    The article states “immediately or face the wrath of the people. This approach to governing must not be tolerated.”

    The quote could be read as a ransom note

    It also could also be read as a threat.

    At what point does one ‘call a spade a spade’ as to the Opposition, by the vocabulary and tone of their releases, perhaps inciting civil unrest and, again, not overtly stated, civil disobedience for their selfish political purposes, rather than working within the framework of what is a highly functional democracy with a government that has been given a decided and notable majority by the people of St, Lucia?

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