BARATARIA/SAN JUAN MP Dr Fuad Khan yesterday accused the PNM Government of having no “immediate plans” to deal with crime.
“It is clear that the PNM has no immediate plans to deter the rampant murder and crime spree occurring in our nation at this time,” Khan said in a media release issued in the wake of a call from Minister of National Security Edmund Dillon for politicians to not politicise the crime issue. The murder rate stands at 318.
But Khan said this was simply a deferral of serious questions on the issue. “Instead of dealing with the matter head-on, the minister is attempting to defer questions on this matter by claiming that I am attempting to politicise crime,” he said. “Nothing can be further from the truth. Over the past two weeks, many of my constituents along with persons from around the country, have reached out and expressed their fear with me, in hope that I may offer them some comfort or assistance.” Khan continued, “But until such time that this Government implements any immediate measures to ensure the safety of our citizens, my only course of action is to highlight the wanton disregard that Major General Edmund Dillon has displayed since being appointed to office.
“With murders increasing almost exponentially every day, our nation should not be asked to endure this for several m o r e weeks until a strategy can be devised.” The MP further stated, “Our minister should utilise the resources readily at his disposal to clamp down on this criminal element and protect the nation as he swore to do.” Khan also issued an appeal to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to oversee the Minister of National Security.
“I would also like to appeal to the Prime Minister, Dr Keith Rowley, who began his term with a rousing speech, in which he stated ‘the buck stops with me’,” Khan said.
“As such, he needs to take responsibility for this current situation and supervise his Minister of National Security to ensure that law and order is restored to our society in the shortest space of time.”