Holness Pandered To Criminal Rights Lobby: Resulting In Over 1600 Murdered Last Year..

What is the num­ber?
What is the num­ber of dead peo­ple which will get the Jamaican Government and the full polit­i­cal oppo­si­tion to real­ize that the sta­tus quo is unten­able?
I pose this ques­tion to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his col­leagues as well as to Dr.Peter Phillips and his col­leagues on the oppo­si­tion bench­es.
What is crit­i­cal mass for you?

PM Andrew Holness

Our coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion hov­ers some­where around 2.7 mil­lion. Last year alone there was a report­ed 1600 plus killings. Many Jamaicans includ­ing some police offi­cers believe that the num­bers are much high­er.

With a pop­u­la­tion of 2.7 mil­lion and over 1600 dead, the chances of get­ting killed on an aver­age day in Jamaica is one in under 17,000.
Those are shock­ing num­bers which are prob­a­bly much worse when we remove the polit­i­cal class and the wealthy elites who have secu­ri­ty details, live in gat­ed com­mu­ni­ties with heavy secu­ri­ty and have the option of arm­ing them­selves.

Peter Phillips oppo­si­tion leader

When they are removed from the equa­tion it leaves a much small­er pool of Jamaicans who are actu­al­ly exposed to the will of the mind­less mur­der­ers who kill at will.

ZOSO ‑So So ?

The cri­sis of vio­lent crime fac­ing the coun­try is not a phe­nom­e­non unto itself, it is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of a much larg­er rot of dis­re­spect and dis­re­gard which took over the coun­try in the ear­ly 90’s and has devel­oped now into a soci­ety which can only be char­ac­ter­ized as law­less.

I ask our coun­try’s lead­ers this ques­tion with a heavy heart. It is dif­fi­cult for me to envis­age the bod­ies of one thou­sand six hun­dred once liv­ing breath­ing viva­cious humans laid out side by side, dead.
I can­not men­tal­ly rec­on­cile all that inno­cent dead in a sit­u­a­tion in which there is no nation on nation con­flict.

The way our lead­er­ship is look­ing at this issue is demon­stra­bly not work­ing. Personally speak­ing, I am tired of talk­ing about this, I am tired of writ­ing about it. I’m sure this is true of most Jamaicans as well, who knows what needs to be done but are not in posi­tions to change it.

Whack-a-mole-crime Strategy

The not so dis­tant pas­sage of the (ZOSO) Zones Of Special Operations Act in the Island’s leg­is­la­ture gave many peo­ple hope that final­ly, the Government was doing some­thing about crime.
The Act, the brain­child of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is tan­ta­mount to a drug fiend’s first high which dis­si­pates rather quick­ly and can nev­er be dupli­cat­ed.

Many Jamaicans, includ­ing past and present police offi­cers, were, and have been high­ly sup­port­ive of the Act, hope­less­ly cling­ing to any­thing which is being sold as a solu­tion to the crime Monster.
This pub­li­ca­tion which is ded­i­cat­ed to jus­tice and the rule of law and this writer chose to look at the long ball. As a result, I said ZOSO was a dis­trac­tion which would have no real mea­sur­able effect on crime and in time would be proven to be a mere dis­trac­tion by the nation’s lead­er­ship.

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The Zones Of Special Operations Act. is sim­ply a sit­u­a­tion in which large amounts of police offi­cers and mem­bers of the Military are placed in a cer­tain geo­graph­ic area. )usu­al­ly, one deter­mined to be a high crime area).
Naturally, the author­i­ties which decide which area is to be des­ig­nat­ed a ZOSO say no one knows where the next ZOSO will be, except the Prime Minister and his tight group of nation­al secu­ri­ty advis­ers.

Unfortunately, that gives me no com­fort. As a cop who spent a whole week in the hills of Westmoreland wait­ing for air­planes to land at an ille­gal strip in Montpelier, only to be approached in the bush­es by one of the men we were sup­posed to be arrest­ing as soon as the plane land­ed, and told we were wast­ing our time because his boss received word that we would be com­ing before we reached there.
That infor­ma­tion giv­en to politi­cians was leaked to crim­i­nals effec­tive­ly plac­ing our lives at risk and mak­ing a mock­ery of crime fight­ing.

ZOSO is the state of affair which ought to exist across the Island. It is the sense of free­dom and secu­ri­ty cit­i­zens should feel liv­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in their com­mu­ni­ties. However, in order to build that out, it would require an extra­or­di­nary amount of human resources which Jamaica sim­ply does not have.

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As it stands it is unsus­tain­able because it uses up large amounts of resources in small geo­graph­ic areas leav­ing oth­er areas with­out.
Finally, crim­i­nals would be stu­pid to stay[they aren’t] in an area know­ing it is high­ly like­ly their high crime area may be descend­ed on by swarms of police and sol­diers.
I argued that crim­i­nals would sim­ply move to oth­er areas and con­tin­ue with their activ­i­ties.
They have!
That is the rea­son you do not hear much talk about ZOSO any­more, mere months after it’s pas­sage.

Recently killed


Since we can now acknowl­edge that ZOSO was a mere dis­trac­tion which has no hope of trans­form­ing the crime land­scape it behooves us to begin the process of look­ing at real solu­tions which will have pos­i­tive effects.
I was hope­ful when it was deter­mined that Andrew Holness would be the next prime min­is­ter of our coun­try.

After his loss to Portia Simpson Miller, I wrote an arti­cle chal­leng­ing him to go out into the fields and talk­ing to the peo­ple no mat­ter where they lived. I chal­lenged him to roll up his sleeves and sit with the peo­ple in every nook and cran­ny, eat with them and hear their con­cerns. Whether he read the arti­cle or not is nei­ther here nor there, Andrew Holness did exact­ly that.

However, after win­ning the last nation­al elec­tions I was stunned to hear the elit­ist rhetoric com­ing from Holness.
I have zero expec­ta­tion of any­thing pos­i­tive from the lead­er­ship of the PNP, that is the rea­son I cast my lot with Holness.
I got a rude awak­en­ing when I heard the new­ly mint­ed Prime Minister berat­ing the JCF, telling his friends that there would be no return to the days when police would kick in doors and sum­mar­i­ly kill peo­ple.

I was stunned at the sense of vit­ri­ol and the barefaced nature of the PrimeMinister’s defama­tion which was bereft of sub­stance and was at its core a self-serv­ing and gra­tu­itous state­ment born out of mal­ice and igno­rance.
It was a state­ment designed to pla­cate and quite the crim­i­nal rights lob­by which has set up shop on the Island.
Ironically, the Prime Minister’s wife a new­ly mint­ed mem­ber of the leg­is­la­ture did not seem to share those sen­ti­ments.
At least her pub­lic utter­ances seem to dif­fer from those of her hus­band.


Andrew Holness did not need to cre­ate that chasm between him­self and the police depart­ment, they vot­ed en-masse for him allow­ing the labor par­ty to sweep the elec­tions gain­ing a one-seat major­i­ty in the leg­is­la­ture.
The Labor Party was able to keep its 21 incum­bents intact and gained 11 for­mer seats briefly held by the PNP in 2011.

The cal­cu­la­tion to throw the secu­ri­ty forces under the bus was an old one used by both polit­i­cal par­ties toward fur­ther­ing their polit­i­cal agen­das.
Sadly, far too many mem­bers of the Island’s police force are intrin­si­cal­ly tied to the two polit­i­cal par­ties, and for no good rea­son.

The PNP has nev­er had any desire to deal with the nation’s crime cri­sis.
In fact, the pre­vi­ous unprece­dent­ed hold that the par­ty had on pow­er and the ensu­ing dete­ri­o­ra­tion of our nation­al cul­ture is a direct result of the par­ty’s hands-off approach to crime in some instances and it’s direct involve­ment in oth­ers.

Commissioner of Police George Quallo (file pho­to)

The Government’s deci­sion to avoid tak­ing real and prac­ti­cal steps against crim­i­nals cou­pled with its dis­re­spect­ful pos­ture toward the police has not only destroyed the morale of the police, it has embold­ened crim­i­nals and placed the lives of cit­i­zens in per­il.
The present brouha­ha between Minister Montague and Commissioner Quallo in which the Commissioner, we are told has been told he has to go, is anoth­er attempt by the Government to deflect from the con­se­quences of its own fail­ures on its most impor­tant respon­si­bil­i­ty to secure the nation.

The longer the admin­is­tra­tion takes to stop play­ing pol­i­tics with nation­al secu­ri­ty the hard­er it is for the secu­ri­ty forces to reverse the out­come of this pol­i­cy.
The more this gov­ern­ment and the oppo­si­tion play pol­i­tics is the more Jamaicans will die.
It is a sad and shock­ing cri­sis, and lack of polit­i­cal lead­er­ship, the con­se­quences of which are tens of thou­sands of dead Jamaicans over the years as the polit­i­cal class pan­ders to for­eign groups much to the demise of our peo­ple.