Mondesir Praises Initiative To Stop Gun Violence In Soufriere

Former National Security Minister Doctor Keith Mondesir has lauded an initiative to to stop gun violence in Soufriere, by getting rival groups to make peace.

Mondesir spoke on the heels of a meeting on Friday organised by the office of the Parliamentary Representative for Soufriere/Fond St.Jacques, Herod Stanislas.

Dubbed an Anti-Violence Peace Treaty Meeting, it involved rival groups in the Soufriere community, a religious representative, the police, community leaders and others.

A statement issued after the gathering declared that members of the different rival groups pledged to the meeting that they would put an end to their dispute and work together.
“You have to now follow it up,” former National Security Minister, Doctor Keith Mondesir, told St Lucia Times.
He explained that the police have a crucial role to play in the aftermath of the peace initiative.
“I would be advocating to these people that we would be having a lot of community policing,” Mondesir explained.
He expressed the view that the police should regularly be at locations where trouble makers frequent.
According to Mondesir, there may be talk of peace currently but in a few weeks the law breakers might be back in action again.
“We must keep them busy,” he stated.
Mondesir stressed the need for a relationship to be developed between the members of the rival groups and the police.
“They must tell them ‘We are advocating community policing’ and this is one thing we need in a country like this where we don’t have a lot of resources,” the former Minister told St Lucia Times.
The MP for Soufriere declared after the ‘peace treaty’ meeting in his community that the gathering was not a ‘done deal’.
“We will continue to monitor and do everything within our power to ensure we do our best to bring some sort of normalcy back to the town,” Herod Stanislas asserted.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news! They will be back at it sooner than later. It starts with a perceived transgression, and the doors to violence are flung wide open. These young people must be employed so that they can feel good about themselves. They must know that they have a future. These pow-wows only give a brief respite. Next time we feel it is necessary to pour millions into a God forsaken horse racetrack, think about those young people who are heading nowhere.

  2. Community policing is a critical piece in the equation. This is important because the last three incidents involving guns transpired in the same geographical part of town. We definitely have a big problem, if young people are walking around with illegal guns. I want to make it abundantly clear that this is not just a Soufriere problem. Many of these young people are crying out for help. They need counseling ,non violent conflict resolution, and social programs to help them. We need to start focusing attention and resources on the social development of our young so that they can become contributing, law abiding and productive citizens.

  3. Kenny could not make us safe now Chastanet is doing it. Show me your friend and I will tell you who you are. When you are defending Allen you are a liar just as him.

  4. What chastant doing, you need to think before you talk. Because you should foolish. Chastant father had si many business he never let his son chastant to step a foot into it. St lucuan grow out of ignorance.

  5. We dont put money in creating schools for these young men to learn a trade,or chaneel their potential into something positive and constructive,that will create a future for them.Now they after the easy money,cross the channel with a boat full of car parts,and come back with money or ganja,and cheap crap of guns they pick up.

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