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Ire­cently lis­tened to the rape de­bate on RCI’s Newsspin and, I must say, it has left me to won­der whether there is any ounce of hope for progress in this na­tion of ours.

While I un­der­stand the ar­gu­ment of host Ti­mothy Poleon to call on “the pow­ers that be” to is­sue state­ments or to con­demn the heinous act of the re­cent rapes, I can­not help but ask, why?

Now, don’t get me wrong – in no way am I in agree­ment with a call­ers who de­fended the Min­is­ter of Health and the Prime Min­is­ter. I am not say­ing that you should not call upon “the pow­ers that be”. What I am ask­ing is ‘WHY?’

You see, we have al­ways been call­ing upon them to speak out or do some­thing about our crime sit­u­a­tion. The Op­po­si­tion party or par­ties do it. NGOs do it. Cit­i­zens do it. Talk show hosts do it. Most of us do it. Af­ter all, we did elect them into of­fice to do some­thing about it, no?

But, you see, I am be­yond that ar­gu­ment, and I think I speak not only for my­self but for many of the young, crit­i­cal, think­ing Saint Lu­cians. I have got­ten to a point when I don’t even want to call on “the pow­ers that be” to is­sue state­ments or con­demn an act. What can that do for me?

When a state­ment is is­sued or a min­is­ter con­demns an act of crime, how has that solved the prob­lem? How will a state­ment pre­vent some­one from re­peat of­fend­ing? If you have com­mit­ted a crime and no one has been able to catch you - the po­lice are still op­er­at­ing with con­straints and lim­ited re­sources: CCTVs are still down, no fin­ger print data­base ex­ists, the crime lab is still closed - and all you hear is a state­ment to con­demn your crime, wouldn’t that make you more con­fi­dent to com­mit yet an­other crime know­ing the chances are still high for you to get away with it?

What I want to see is AC­TION. I warn you: if all that keeps hap­pen­ing is TALK and no AC­TION, crime will con­tinue be­cause crim­i­nals know that noth­ing will come out of the talk. WHY?

Be­cause we have some peo­ple in au­thor­ity who, for what­ever rea­son, can­not do their jobs. They are not ac­tion type of peo­ple. They are lack­adaisi­cal and a waste of the state’s money. Saint Lu­cians need to fire th­ese peo­ple.

Enough talk! We need AC­TION, AC­TION, AC­TION.

So I don’t want to hear peo­ple say call on “the pow­ers that be” to speak out. We are tired of hear­ing talk with no ac­tion. We just need to see things are done. We ex­pect that they will speak less and do more. If they don’t then we need to fire them and hire peo­ple that are more ca­pa­ble.

This is why I think a prime min­is­ter should not ap­point Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans as min­is­ters. Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans should be given a salary to man­age their con­stituency. A PM should ap­point qual­i­fied peo­ple to lead the var­i­ous min­istries and if af­ter a year or two they can­not get the job done, they should be fired and re­placed. But that topic is for an­other show.

Lead by the group Raise Your Voice, Saint Lu­cians took to the street to make a stand against rape and abuse

against women in our so­ci­ety. It is now time for an af­fir­ma­tive plan of ac­tion.

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