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Jamaica: Opposition party condemns second murder of its members in recent days


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Murdered: Madge Morris (left) and Dr Lynvale Bloomfield

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb 11, CMC – The main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has condemned the second murder of its members in as many weeks, saying the latest killing continues “a catalogue of wanton acts of criminality across the country that leave too many individuals and families in mourning”.

PNP and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips, said the party is shocked and saddened at the “tragic death” of former PNP Councillor Madge Morris on Sunday, coming a few days after Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, the Member of Parliament for East Portland, who was found murdered at his home.

“The PNP continues to maintain that no Jamaican should have to face this viciousness in their own country. We, therefore, urge the security forces to do what is necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice.

“However, more importantly, we call upon anyone with information who can assist the police within the investigation, to provide whatever information known so that those responsible for Madge’s murder can be apprehended and brought to swift justice,” the party said.

PNP general secretary, Julian Robinson, said Madge’s murder has compounded the “dampened spirit and sorrow among the entire membership” of the party.

The PNP said although she was not presently serving in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation, Madge maintained her activism by serving the people of her community and parish through voluntary efforts.

Robinson said, the killing of the former Councillor and PNP activist, continues a catalogue of wanton acts of criminality across the country that leave too many individuals and families in mourning and rob the community and the nation of its best talents.

The party said that the security of every Jamaican, regardless of status, must be assured by the government.

“It is particularly troubling that while we are experiencing vicious attacks on our elected or former elected officials, and heightened level of threats, the government has proposed to withdraw or minimize the security details of former ministers of government.”.

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