Feb 26, 2024

February 6, 2024

Crime crisis requires new ministerial leadership at national security. Minister must resign!
As the unfortunate spate of murders continue to rise in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas the
government seems to be paralyzed in its inability to address the daily bloodshed. The Bahamian
people   are angered and dismayed that the ministerial leadership at the Ministry of National
Security is not bringing the results as promised by the Davis administration.
The recent comments by the Minister of National Security regarding what the Nassau Guardian
termed as a hopeful resolution to the daily murders is tone deaf and diminishes the gravity of the
crisis we face as a nation.

The government has a prioritized duty and responsibility to the Bahamian people to keep our
communities, our people and our country safe.

In 2022 the Office of the Prime Minister boasted of the commencement and execution of a
violence disrupter program inclusive of strategic hiring of consultants in the Ministry of National
Security. It was emphasized that the " Violence Interrupters" were a key component in the
government’s crime strategy.

As the crime crisis rages the Bahamian people are questioning the value, impact and
effectiveness of the " Violence Interrupters" initiative.  Moreover, the minister’s contradiction of
the Office of the Prime Minister regarding the role of the "Violence Interrupters" imitative has
further eroded public confidence in this administration’s policies and his ability to lead it.

The Bahamian people unfortunately no longer have the confidence that the Minister of National
Security has the capacity and ability to lead the ministry in this time of national crisis.

The opposition calls on the Minister of National Security to resign and a more, capable and
effective replacement to be appointed in his stead.

Shanendon E. Cartwright
Deputy Leader

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