Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Chuck Sends Stern Warning: Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has sent a stern warning to criminals, especially gunmen across the country, that legislative changes being forged by the Government will equip the security forces to put the lawless elements out of business.
In tabling a committee report on the Zones of Special Operations Bill in Parliament on Wednesday, Chuck warned gunmen to start running, as the security forces will soon be coming for them in a more structured and sustained manner.
“The Bill is to deal with the (crime) problems we have in this country, and when this Bill is passed, gunmen better start running. In fact, they better start running from now,” Chuck declared in the House.
He said the Bill had become necessary because people are afraid of the menace from gunmen, who have continued to prey on ordinary Jamaicans.
He said the Bill will empower the security forces to go into violence-prone communities and set up bases to take control of those communities.
Chuck, in seeking to allay fears that the Government will abuse the provisions of the Zones of Special Operations Bill, said the prime minister will not be a dictator in declaring an area as a zone of special operations.
He said it should be noted that the prime minister will be acting on the advice of the National Security Council, and will also be submitting a report to Parliament after each operation, so questions can be asked of the Administration.
On the Bill being debated, Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, said the Opposition in its disapproval of aspects of the Bill, is not seeking to frustrate the Government from acting to curtail crime in the country. He said the Opposition supports any lawful action to deal with the crime problem.
However, he said the Opposition believed that Parliament should have a role in determining the extensions of the special operations.
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