Mottley wants PM to address nation on crime
Days after Government discussed improving communication with the public, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has pleaded with Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to address the nation and “act now” on a number of recent occurrences which she said were causing anxiety among the people.
“We, like many Barbadians, are truly dumfounded as to what it will take for the Prime Minister to speak and act,” she said in a short statement today, issued against a backdrop of mounting public concern about a recent escalation of gun-related crime – resulting in death in some instances – and also illegal firearms entering the island.
Stating that the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) was willing to help in whatever way it could “if the Government allows us”, Mottley said Barbadians wanted to know that they had a leadership that would protect them when they needed it most.
“How many more must die, how many more must be robbed, how many more must be at risk of losing their house or their businesses, how many more must lose their jobs or indeed work and not be paid?” asked Mottley.
The BLP leadeer said her call for Stuart to address Barbadians on these issues did not “mean speaking at George Street to the party faithful”.
“We mean addressing the citizens and residents of Barbados,” she made clear.
Pointing out that Stuart was head of the executive arm of Government, Mottley insisted that the country needed his intervention on issues of national concern. “It is called the executive arm because it is only they who occupy the executive – the Cabinet and public service – that can execute,” she said.
“For the sake of us all, Prime Minister, speak to your people and act urgently and now to protect Barbadians in this hour of anxiety and vulnerability,” pleaded Mottley.