The New Democratic Party (NDP) says it is alarmed by the most recent spate of homicides in the country.
It was reported that on Friday September 22, 2017 that two men were killed in separate incidents and the following day, a woman was killed by gunshot.
On September 25, an Ottley Hall resident who was shot on September 21 succumbed to his wounds.
“These tragic deaths bring the number of homicides in the country to an alarming 29 so far this year, only 10 short of the new homicide record of 39 that was set last year!” the NDP said in a statement.
Commenting on the matter, Leader of the Opposition and President of the NDP, Dr. the Honourable Godwin Friday, said: “This weekend was a rather unsettling one for me. I cannot accept a situation in which this country becomes a place that has three and more homicides in one weekend. I thought of the families of those involved, and it saddened me because every death brings pain and loss to family members and friends of those killed.”
“The ULP administration continues to stifle the development of our country, as they have failed in providing proper governance with respect to the escalating crime situation in the country. As a people, we have to think about addressing crime and violence by dealing with root causes. We must create jobs for our youths and provide proper training and working conditions for our police. We must go into the communities and implement social and economic programs to better the lives of our people. This, and more, the NDP under my leadership will do. However, the only way we will succeed is to do it together as one people. We must come together!”
The New Democratic Party urges anyone with information that might assist the police in their investigations to provide it to the police. It also called on the police to redouble their efforts to bring perpetrators to justice.
Meanwhile, the New Democratic Party will be hosting a press conference from 10:30am on Thursday September 28, 2017 at the NDP Headquarter.
Doc. the Hon. Godwin Friday will make a statement on the issue of the crime situation here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.