“We ought not to politicize crime” – Fedee

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“We ought not to politicize crime” – Fedee
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The crime scene of one of the shootings that occurred in Castries earlier this year.

United Workers Party (UWP) candidate Dominic Fedee is urging both political parties to put their differences aside and work together to help reduce the increasing number of criminal activities here.

Fedee who was responding to a question about statements made by Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus that “crime happens everywhere”, said that if this is true, then it is a too casual response to a very serious situation.

“I believe that we ought not to politicize crime,” he said, stating that a bi-partisan approach would be the best way to tackle the crime situation, noting that it will not only affect the tourism sector, but the very safety of all citizens.

Fedee said, “I think it has to be a joint parliamentary approach, whereby Parliament needs to set up a sub-committee to oversee crime and deal with it very urgently.”

He stressed too that crime does not auger well for a successful tourism sector and so it remains a major concern to the private sector not just in Saint Lucia, but other countries in the Caribbean.

The UWP candidate said too that countries should avoid sending the wrong signal to the tourism market.

Fedee went on to state that the IMPACS report is a prime example of an issue that is being largely politicized.

“Procedurally it has been breached at a number of fronts and it was very saddening to see that a minister of government calling on the DPP to resign, because she did not act on the IMPACS report,” he added.

Fedee believes that a political platform was not the appropriate place to deal with the issue and the arguments will in no way help to resolve the crime situation.

The UWP is suggesting that both the government and opposition engage the private sector and other stakeholders to look at ways of addressing the crime problem the country currently faces.

He also suggested that the government give consideration to the idea of security officers being given powers as constables to arrest people, while stressing that a more comprehensive approach is needed to tackle crime.

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  1. I'm not in the business of starting a commentary on this medium by saying who and who I agree or disagree with; however in this instance I make an exception by expressing my endorsement of The Clarifier's above. Government is about addressing communal and societal issues; it is about providing security for resident constituents and visitors; it is concerned with the betterment of the lot of the citizenry; creating and maintaining a safe and stable environment for business to thrive. And since all of these activities fall within the realm of government, there's no way they can't be "political"—even partisan political, as The Clarifier has noted. One gets the impression that either of the parties, when they hold the reins of government, behave as if they have a monopoly on solutions, by failing or refusing to engage human resources outside the parameters of government. Sometimes, one gets the feeling that partisan governments live off crime nearly the same way superpowers thrive on the weapons manufacturing industry; or as some governments and politicians make good business with the drugs fraternity. I am also tired, to the point of nausea, hearing either party appealing to the other not to "politicize crime", as though it were the business of the church. There is such a sense of frustration among the populace with the state and level of crime in the country, that if any, only the government, other politicians and the criminals are unaware.

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  2. I would agree to give security officers constabulary powers if they are properly trained and certified. The police can use all the help they can muster. All government representatives with the opposition MP's should address the crime issue in their respective constituencies with the public's involvement. We cannot afford to wait for a hurried party manifesto to address any problem.

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  3. I really detest hearing persons say that we shouldn't politicize crime. Crime is a subject in the field of Politics. Crime always has to be addressed politically, whether in prevention or in resolution.
    What people really want to say is don't make crime "partisan politics". But sometimes even crime can be "partisan".
    Crime is very rarely non partisan when you have a system of government that promotes several parties. Eventually one party is entrusted with the reigns of government and by extension to manage security and crime. When crime rises then the party in power must admit their failures and set about putting back law and order.
    Problems are inevitable. It's your ability to resolve problems reasonably that makes all the difference.
    Might as well try to say "Don't make praying a religious matter"!!

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