We can’t al­low crime to de­rail us

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS - Christopher Thomas Gleaner Writer

—Mayor Har­ris

MON­TEGO BAY mayor, Coun­cil­lor Glen­don Har­ris says it would be a trav­esty if the crime that is now stran­gling St. James is al­lowed to un­der­mine and ul­ti­mately over­shadow the gains the par­ish has made in re­cent years and its pos­i­tive prospects for the fu­ture.

“We are ask­ing all (the peo­ple) to come out, to speak out, to do what they are sup­posed to do in as­sist­ing in the reduction of crime and vi­o­lence,” said Har­ris, dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the St James Par­ish Coun­cil build­ing last week. “Too much good is hap­pen­ing here for us to be over­shad­owed by just one small seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion that is try­ing to cre­ate may­hem.

“Mon­tego Bay is mov­ing to be­come the eco­nomic cen­tre of the Caribbean,” con­tin­ued Har­ris. “So we are look­ing for­ward to all cit­i­zens join­ing us as the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion (par­ish coun­cil) in do­ing the right thing in seek­ing to make Mon­tego Bay, St James, western Ja­maica, and Ja­maica a much bet­ter place.”

Based on the lat­est crime sta­tis­tics, St James, which recorded over 200 mur­ders for the first time last year, ap­pears on course to sur­pass­ing that du­bi­ous record as, with more than two months to go in the year, the par­ish is just three short of last year’s 212 mur­ders.

Both the po­lice hi­er­ar­chy and the par­ish’s busi­ness com­mu­nity have re­peat­edly blamed the ram­pant law­less­ness on the il­licit lot­tery, which has be­come an

es­tab­lished plat­form for per­sons seek­ing to get rich quick through un­law­ful means.


How­ever, in speak­ing to some of the eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties on the hori­zon for Mon­tego Bay, Har­ris pro­vided de­tails on a re­cent mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) signed be­tween Mon­tego Bay and the city of Wuhan, China.

“The Mon­tego Bay Chi­nese Sis­ter City Com­mit­tee made ar­range­ments and con­tacts, and a small del­e­ga­tion went to China, where we signed a MOU with Wuhan, one of the five

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