The topic is “Is the government really serious about crime in Inagua”? The government of the Bahamas needs to stop lying to the nation and they need to stop fooling themselves about their approach to crime. Every time you watch the news they are always talking about “having a zero tolerance to crime” but for some strange reasons the criminals always walk free. Is it that the Police Officers are really that lousy in producing their evidence? Are the Police Officers untrained about doing investigations and taking evidence? Are the magistrates collecting under the tables? Is it that the magistrates and lawyers from both sides working together? Or it just boils down to who you mark your X for?
To top it off the government of the Bahamas does not have a clue as to what goes on in the archipelago of the Bahamas when it really comes down to crime in the family islands. Mr. Prime Minister please wake up! Mr. Police Commissioner you aware that serious crimes not only happen in the big cities like New Providence and Grand Bahama but it is even more rampant in the family islands because too much covering up going on and because it boils down to who know who. How can the government say they serious about crime when some of the family island police afraid of their own shadow. In other words these same police hang out with some of the people who they later have to arrest but because they close they can’t do their job and they don’t want to mess up the friendship. Another big mess up for the police is when they only hang with their set a people who voted for the same political party, it is a big shame on the police force this must stop! There is just too much slackness in the family islands, the police force on the islands need a big shake up or shake down. The head of the police force need to put police in the family islands who serious about they job. One of the secrets of THE BEST KEPT SECRETS is that the only time you really see the police is on plane day when the plane come in. I can’t speak for other islands but my island must be the only island the police station is locked up sometimes so if you need to make a emergency complain you have to wait till the station reopen and still the government say they serious about crime?
What is the government waiting on another big riot in my island to know they need to take a “zero tolerance against crime?
Mr. Prime minister the legal system is out a wack! This system look like it design to work for who you know and who know you! It is clear that when you live on the family islands you are treated like 2nd class citizens. My mistake I think that position is reserved for such islands like andros and exuma who always getting some attention. MY BEST KEPT SECRET is at the bottom of the archipelago and at the bottom of the government priority list. I now say hurricane was blessing because that’s when we get some national attention and when the Haitians come in town then that’s when the rest of the Bahamas and the government remember we exist. No offense to you Mr. M.P. but because your party not in power right now nobody listening to you. We Inaguans had to wait for over a year before another magistrate ‘visit’ us in April 2009 and when they did Mr. Chief Magistrate did not allow justice to prevail but only throw out most of the cases and give the criminals a slap on the wrist. Mr. prime minister this was a big insult to my people for too long we had to wait to have court and when it happen it was a mockery of the justice system. My people now saying it don’t make no sense to report anything and if your life in danger a man do what they got to do to defend themselves because the justice system only look like it work for some people. Could Mr. Chief justice please tell me how one man slap somebody and didn’t serve time when another man did the same thing and he was sent to prison for 3 months? I want to know why the government telling battered woman to leave the man who beating them and report it to the police then when it go to court the chief magistrate say “I will not send you to prison because I don’t want you loose your job….” And then the woman beater is allowed to walk free after the woman had to swallow her pride, go through the whole thing of reporting it, having to take embarrassing pictures show how she was beaten like a animal, in the meantime living scared of the man who almost beat her to death and at the end of the day Mr. Chief magistrate can only point out because the woman beater work at batelco the magistrate don’t want him “loose his job”. Tell me Mr. Prime minister where is the justice in that? Why is it a case from my settlement must get send to new providence for trial and the one on trial must now find the money for ticket on Bahamas air when we living in a time of recession? (my boy you know how stupid you look buying your own ticket to go get lock up in town? If they want jail you up let them deal with you home and they buy you ticket to and from town.)
Mr. Prime minister you people say that you all are here to serve the people of the Bahamas while spending the tax payers hard earn money but is like the people (especially the poor people) are the ones can’t get service only the short end of the stick. Mr. chief magistrate you look like a man of peace but if a man do the crime they should do the time. Mr. chief magistrate I think is time for you to step aside because you no longer can see right from wrong when it look like you willing to just sit there and let any lawyer railroad you without you getting to the real truth. Sir like I said you did only ‘visit’ THE BEST KEPT SECRET OF THE BAHAMAS but I don’t think you did your job.
Another problem the government running on about is the illegal gambling but Mr. Prime Minister you “say what you mean and mean what you say” when the number houses in the family islands making money from the regular people and civil servants? Now tell me Mr. prime minister is buying numbers really illegal when your civil servants are the main customers at the number house? I didn’t go off to school like some people but I still have sense to know right from wrong in other words again I ask is the government serious about crime?
You see Mr. prime minister is just too many secrets in THE BEST KEPT SECRET and is time that some of these secrets come out. Is time the government of the Bahamas made accountable for the state of affairs for the country and that mean for all the islands of the Bahamas not just a few. Is time the government take full responsibility and make the justice system work for all Bahamians. Is time for the government to truly serve the people and stop making decisions based on politics. Thank god for morton Bahamas because if we didn’t have we jobs at morton then the government was going to have a lot of other serious crimes to deal with because when people cant eat and feed their family then you will do anything to make a dollar.
So please Mr. prime minister and mr. police commissioner please, please, please deal with things the right way before it get worse. Please allow the full extent of the law to prevail so that injustice will be a thing of the past. The Haitians are running to our country for a better way of life but if things don’t change in my island we Inaguans will soon have to do the same because of the level of crime and the amount of people who always taking the law in their own hands.
Enough is just enough its time for us Bahamians to stop settling for mediocre service from the government and is time we have a voice. Remember Mr. prime minister we put you back in office to serve the people not the people to serve you. I agree with Mr. Obama when he say ‘YES WE CAN’ what it means is that yes we can as people demand change for the good of the country and yes we can or do have a right to a better way of life. We Bahamians talk too much is time to stop the talking and time for action! My Bahamians, my Inaguans YES WE CAN have a voice, one voice for change!
By a concerned Inaguan
one voice crying in the wilderness