Crime will remain


Just two weeks ago I attended a Unite Jamaica conference put on by Minister Peter Bunting. I am wondering how effective was this conference?  Personally and from all empirical evidence this conference has nothing new for reducing crime. It’s all BIG TALK.

Crime will never be reduced until we deal with those at the helm who finance crime by their greed and corruption and politics.

First let’s look at the business community. One prominent member of the NIA who I have complained about has a track record of corruption.  His major entity in the 1980’s reported thousands of barrels of pickled mackerel destroyed claiming millions from the Insurance Company. Nothing like that happened. Yet these are the persons representing honesty and integrity. Do the western embassies really know the characters off these people? They are cloaked behind ethnicity, colour and ‘upper class’ when they are worse than common thieves.  I have yet to pen a letter to the embassy regarding the corrupt nature of some of these entrepreneurs. My college mate was fired when one of these entrepreneurs believed he did wrong by not writing off $10 million (in 1988 $’s) of losses. Fact was, the hurricane just tossed those pails of pickled mackerel from one side of the warehouse of the wharves to another.


crime in JamaicaCrime is ascerbated next by those who had financed the 1980 election, those who purchased the m16’s and Bushmasters to murder innocent people like those in  Greenwich Town and students like Carol Narine , community member of  the Waterhouse/ Olympic Gardens Community.  Do the minister and government recognize that people who finance these crimes have expected returns in political and businesss favours or OJ’s, CD ‘s and  national honours from the Jamaican state? Does the minister realize that there is no grievance or empathy for the mayhem carried out by agents of murder, especially those who fuelled the near civil war and hard drugs and corruption in the island? Does the minister realize that the western powers must have documented illicit and criminal activities of these agents of death against the Jamaican people but are silent because of cold war ideology and capitalistic interests? On the other side of the coin, does the minister realize and know that other elements trained in left leaning countries are equally responsible for the hell we have now called crime and that the legacy of both left and right extremities still resonates today? The guns of yesteryear were never totally removed from the armoury of criminals.

Does the national security minister know that if a survey is carried out by the people , it would reveal that at least 80 % of the police force is corrupt and furthermore that one in every five Jamaicans has at one time or the other been solicited to provide bribes to elements of the police force? I also wonder why we don’t see policemen who are White Jamaicans, Arabs or Chinese? Perhaps the Minister can answer why.

That conference and all conferences to follow will be a waste of tax payers money, a repeated failure,  an affront  to justice and a farce. I will bet anyone that crime will be here longer and more brazing than last year. Crime can only be mitigated when they deal with the power bloc and the police force. Poor people are at the periphery of society ; they  do not have the disposable income and cash to buy high powered weapons such  as  AK 47, M16, Berettas , Glock , Sig Saur, Bushmaster, M1.  Neither do they have the vast resources to import manufactured drugs from  cocaine in containers, or the kind of cash to give to politicians for renting cars, advertising and political promotion  or  so called social and amenities to communities. Poor people are only the henchmen and foot soldiers of the dominant class, doing the dirty in which they seek ‘a food’ or patronage.

When the power bloc, police force and elites come clean and confess, then and maybe then the decent people of this beloved island will savour some peace and tranquility from crime. Until such time those with their ill-gotten wealth from political patronage, kickbacks, export of drugs from their private estates in the 1980’s,  selling their soul to spy agencies , violation of customs  and gross  undermining of the state  by political right-wing and leftwing  chicanery  can only  live with a hypocritical  self worrying that one day they will be exposed if not by man but by God.

Have those who hid behind the marijuana planes to ship the weapons of mass destruction to Jamaica been apprehended for their political inspired murders on the citizens? Is the minister cognizant that people do not forget atrocities?

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Winston Donald

My name is Winston Donald. I am currently completing a MA in Cultural Studies researching Street Art ( from a cultural studies perspective) I am Recruiting Officer and Enrollment Officer for University College of the Caribbean, New Kingston. I contribute to the Commonwealth Short StoryCompetition Columnist for the defunct Sunday Herald Newspaper Author on Marijuana : Export trade and Rural economics (manuscript being completed) Author on Rural Jamaican Cooking Creator of The Diaspora - Word Press blog Contributor to Sun Sentinel newspaper of South Florida Regular/Frequent contributor to the Gleaner and Observer newspaper

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