Kamla reiterates call for tough action on crime – calls on Government to get serious about protecting citizens
“Enough is enough; time for tough action on crime.” These were the words of Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP, who delivered a tribute to Christopher Mohammed, a young man who was found murdered in St. James a few days ago.
Christopher, who was just 28-years-old when he was shot and killed, worked as a sous chef aboard an oil rig and was a part-time Uber driver.
Speaking during the funeral service for Christopher at the St. Anthony’s R.C. Church in Petit Valley on Tuesday 22nd May, 2018, the Opposition Leader said, “At a time when we are seeing the lives of so many daughters and sons of our soil being snuffed out; it is any parent’s worst nightmare to lose a child, and I can only imagine the pain felt by these families having lost their loved ones.”
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar lamented the loss of an outstanding young man, who had a vision and had set out goals for himself and his family and did his best to ensure they were well cared for. “While we celebrate Christopher’s life, his death should not go in vain; others should not so senselessly lose their lives,” she said. “We cannot continue this way; as a mother, as a grandmother, as a citizen, we must join our hands together and say, ‘This is enough.’”
“I recently made a call on the Government to look at the option of getting our soldiers involved in the fight against crime, and I think this is a viable option to act as a deterrent and to help reduce the crime levels in our country,” the Opposition Leader said.
Describing the upsurge in violent crime, home invasions and murders as frightening, the Opposition Leader criticized the Government’s silence and inaction in dealing with this issue.
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar offered condolences and words of comfort to the family of Christopher Mohammed, and urged them to keep their faith in God during this difficult time.