Recall Parliament!

Mottley wants House to urgently discuss crime situation

In an urgent call she said had nothing do with politics, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley this evening pressed Prime Minister Freundel Stuart to “provide specific concrete measures” in response to Monday’s unprecedented shooting spree which occurred during the climax of Grand Kadooment on the Spring Garden Highway.

Describing the incident, which resulted in the death of 20-year-old Taried Rock and gunshot injuries to at least 18 other people, as an “uncharacteristic display of senseless and lethal violence” the Barbados Labour Party leader strongly hinted that Parliament should be recalled from its summer recess to deal with the matter.

“The time for action is now. We simply cannot afford any horrific incident,” she said, while extending sympathy to Rock’s family and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Mottley however said it was “troubling” that Stuart, who is doubly charged with maintaining this island’s safety as Minister of Defence and National Security had failed to give comfort to Barbadians by not clearly outlining initiatives and resources for relevant institutions.

She also lamented a lack of action by members of Stuart’s Cabinet who she said had only been expressing their “views and desires” on the matter.

“In other words, what is the legislation that you will bring rather than have an Attorney General mull over the situation and options? What are the resources to be provided to a beleaguered police force? What measures will be put in place to modernize our justice system to ensure that people face the courts in quick order for crimes that are committed?”

Yesterday, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite vowed to introduce legislation to give the Royal Barbados Police Force additional powers to arrest the recent spate of gun violence, as he blamed the vexing problem on gang rivalry.

He also revealed that the Prime Minister was due to convene a meeting of the National Security Council.

However, Mottley today stressed that urgent action was critical with the hosting of CARIFESTA XIII just a week away and the island expected to attract hundreds of regional and international participants and guests.

She also expressed fears that Barbados’ enviable reputation as a place to live, work, and visit was at risk; so too the island’s two main money earning industries – tourism and the international business sector –  as well as the livelihoods of scores, including taxi, watersports operators and vendors.

“This is why the Prime Minister must give leadership to this entire process. All of us as Barbadians stand to lose if the perception goes abroad that Barbados is no longer a safe place to live or visit,” she said.

While insisting that the political gloves were off, Mottley also underscored that her BLP stood ready to support any firm, fair and effective action to end the senseless violence that had claimed seven lives from 16 shooting incidents between May 1 and July 31 this year.

“Stray bullets do not care if someone is a Dem or a Bee, rich or poor, old or young. Anyone can become an innocent victim of indiscriminate behaviour. Barbadians must be able to go about their ordinary business without having to fear someone attacking or robbing them. That must be our simple but noble objective. It is to Barbadians that we owe this first duty,” she said.

The BLP leader also reached out to ordinary citizens, urging those with influence in their communities to persuade the youth to end this cycle of violence.

“There will be no happy endings for anyone involved if it continues to escalate unabated,” she warned, stressing the need for more programmes, jobs and opportunities for the island’s youth.

14 Responses to Recall Parliament!

  1. Jennifer August 10, 2017 at 4:55 am

    But Stuart can only outline initiatives and resources if he have some. Maybe mulling over is all they can do. When you got borders in which some people can get away with anything and some people get their panties and a couple soaps taken away, you got problems. As a society we have become too materialistic and self indulgent as we place high recognition and values on the things and people which are nothing and is actually destroying our young and place low value on the things which will elevate and uplift the young, and the foremost is the biggest problem and a large majority. And the television is bringing all of this rubbish into the homes too. The old parents have little to nothing to pass on to their children and grand children. Every generation is getting more stupid and destroyed. Parents also plays a big role in all of this mess. This mess started some time ago with that little baby whom we would not discipline or allow others to discipline either. And this is where we are at, just getting worst and a people fully destroyed. I will keep saying this the majority of this people is under servility syndrome and is crying out to be kept on lock down. The minority who is doing all of this is locked into the self destruction trap. To deal with this problem it will take a dragnet of all institutions responsible for children (It must start with the minds of the young) and the pulling down of old institutional ideologies. Good luck.

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  2. John guy August 10, 2017 at 6:46 am

    Ah Trelawny dem create

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  3. Saga Boy August 10, 2017 at 7:03 am

    @Jennifer. I agree with most of what you have said.

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  4. Alex Alleyne August 10, 2017 at 8:02 am

    UNICEF

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  5. Samantha walker August 10, 2017 at 8:38 am

    The Slave Mentality…..was/is a negative mindset, what do we really expect? The mentality was not changed post-emancipation, the elders knew little to pass on better behaviours to the youths, they were given no other alternatives to behave better to others in their community. Slavery was about self-preservation, every man for himself !!

    You can plainly see the mindset playing out daily in front of our very eyes. The Prime Minister, who is the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Reparations for Native Genocide and Slavery, received a progress report on the reparations efforts, and suggested several approaches to advancing the region’s agenda.

    And quote from Caricom Today, June 2016…..
    The Prime Minister said there had been deficits in the society as a result of the horrible experience of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and stressed that there was definitely a need for reparatory justice.

    “We can’t live our lives in the past, but there are legacy issues coming out of that slave experience … Reparations is therefore an important issue,” he said.

    Mr. Stuart noted that it would take some time to get to the destination that Barbados and CARICOM was seeking on the matter of reparations.

    “This will be a long process because even after we engage Europe, any programmes we agree on will take some time before they are implemented,” he stated.

    The Prime Minister also expressed the view that people in the community must be sensitised to the issue of slavery and its impact on both slaves and slave owners, so that the reparations flame could be kept burning. (Barbados Government Information Service Press Release)

    Reparations is an important issue…..then why havent you addressed the nation of Barbados, many who dont believe their ancestors were/are African.

    Programmes can be implemented forthwith, thats why they are called programmes, a step by step approach to moving forwards, you as the leader have us static, staying in one spot, it is better to do something rather than nothing !!
    Why would any programme take

    How long are you going to take before you start sensitising people in the community about the matter. This article was over a year old and we have heard nothing from the Chairman. We are currently living in the past, doing the same thing our ancestors were doing, being led with no real power to do anything else. The Blind is leading the Blind, few know the truth and those in high places that could enlighten many, make excuses for their lack of action. Mr Prime Minister Sir

    Additionally, it would take someone who knows their history the best to lead as opposed to someone who is dressed, educated and rubbing shoulders with their oppressors

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    • Jennifer August 10, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Spot on. Coming from a psych and sociology back ground, I would pay to speak with some of this youth. Until some of the issues in this statement is addressed we will be constantly stuck in this rut. The historians, church, political and education systems is fully responsible for all of this mess. We can talk about blame game as much as we like, the axe fall on the heads of these systems. We got people taking gifts to keep this people asleep and the like.

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    • hcalndre August 10, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      @Samantha walker; Speaking about reparations and barbadians is much different from any other people that are of African decent. Firstly, bajans as they are known that are black and of a lighter complexion would rather be associated with the British. I heard one person on the call-in program saying how many whites she has in her family and I wonder if a thought was given to what the slave master could have done. Then you have the ones that find themselves in positions of authority, they too are not black anymore because they can live in comfort and treat they own like how their fore parents were treated.

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  6. Jennifer August 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

    And reparations will NOT be given.

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  7. jrsmith August 10, 2017 at 10:55 am

    @,Jennifer, hail, hail , welcome back, your (10:07) so much has happen we have made all steps backward……still in lock down.. Your shot the people who is responsible for the mess , these people call themselves experts as well , but they are educated but not for the 21 st century, they haven’t got there yet………………..
    @,Samantha W, hail, hail, your ( 8:38)shot , matter of reparations news has broken out the (UK) government is wiling to give barbados 2 billion bds dollars as reparation ….. but the government must have an (Audit General’s) report as to what happen to the 900 millions bds dollars which is missing from the barbados treasury…before they proceed…………………………

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  8. jrsmith August 10, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I am concern , that the political situation after the new elections would be the same , the same government……….I haven’t heard or seen anything from the people or politicians of the opposing parties , to convince me that they would be change …. The opposition party leader Mia disappointing me , she had a chance to put the present government to bed long ago , what stuns me the voters seems to be scared of the politicians and frighten of the 1% ers …………..
    Our people dont even claim democracy anymore , they think a single radio phone in show is the big break they want…… Our real problem , if the present government is return to power what will bajans do ………………….The unions will have a headache because, they would be punished for linking up with the white folks and giving the priminister a bloody nose…………………….
    The politicians in barbados especially the government realize the people is so inactive so lock down , that they do what they like, when they like , say what they like anytime and continuously insult our black masses knowing they are not accountable to anyone ,especially the black masses………
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    What I would love to see an act of parliament , namely so the (ACCOUNTABILITY ACT of 2017 ) which would automatically give the voters the right to remove from office the (MPs) which is failing the people , by the same votes that put them in power….. without this we are dead in the water , barbados is finish………
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  9. Helicopter(8P) August 10, 2017 at 11:52 am

    As I see it ! If serious recommendations and a national effort to restore Barbados to civility we will be faced with a New Haiti situation within the next seven years. The 90 percent majority need to take the cows paddy out of their heads and start thinking methodically and nationalistic.

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  10. Alex Alleyne August 10, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    “CIVIL WAR”. ………will fix things……..with all guns blazing.
    I will be riding on the “GUILLOTINE WAGON”.
    My other friends will be carrying the “ROPE & NOOSE” looking for the nearest light pole.
    In all effort to bring back “LAW & ORDER” to sweet BARBADOS.

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  11. Milli Watt August 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    for what to talk the place into another shooting……..stupse. The man going be busy tomorrow trying to collect the taxes that you clowns don’t want to pay to afford the things required to fight this scourge that all you all suddenly got an opinion on.

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    • hcalndre August 10, 2017 at 11:38 pm

      Milli Watt; how many things these taxes that you`re speaking of is earmarked to do? Pay the civil servants, reduce the debt, employ more police and what ever else to be done.

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