Nassau, Bahamas — Residents should note sometime around 1PM on Tuesday the wutless FNM Chairman issued a response following Perry Christie’s grand plan to combat crime in the country.
Now isn’t that amazing. After four and a half years of breaking murder records and overseeing the axing, maiming and death of almost 400 citizens since coming to office, the FNM leadership quickly found time to respond to a Christie address without sharing one solution to the country’s vexing crime problem.
The statement, which was kept secret like some lost scripture, was sent only to a select group in the media. They failed to share the statement with Bahamas Press. It was also never published on the Party’s website nor was it shared with any of the FNM parrots online.
Why the Foreign National Movement find the time to put words to paper and respond to Christie, and not offer a damn solutions to a vexing crime problem is beyond us! They have managed the crime problem to criminal levels! The FACT IS SHAMEFUL TO SAY THE LEAST! Women all over this country are being axed, diced, slaughterED and maimed by these Rwandan style HUTU killers and yet the Ingraham FNM government has no plan TO CURB THE SCOURGE. They are paralyzed on offering a single solution!
The state of paralysis is sickening to say the least, and this morning Bahamas Press CRIES SHAME, DUTTY SHAME ON THE FNM! They put politics before people!
Today we publish the FNM’s SHAMEFUL response to Christie’s healthy deliverable solutions…
For Immediate Release
16th August, 2011
Free National Movement’s Response to Perry Christie
The Free National Movement is deeply aware of the unacceptably high incidence of crime in our Nation, particularly violent crimes against the person.
Notwithstanding the reality in our streets and communities, the crime situation calls for measured responses from responsible agencies of the Government, political, civic and social leaders.
This is not the time for partisan political posturing or knee-jerk responses. What The Bahamas needs is a mature political and social consensus as to the way forward in combating the ubiquitous social phenomenon of crime.
The National Address on Crime made by the Leader of the Opposition was seriously deficient in that it verged upon political plagiarism of a number of legislative and educational initiatives which have already been fore-shadowed by the Government, or which are already being implemented.
The Government has already foreshadowed and circulated a draft amendment to the Bail Act to increase the permitted time of incarceration pending trial for the most serious criminal offences from two (2) years to three (3) years.
Mr. Christie promised to amend the law to define categories of Murder so as to facilitate compliance with the Privy Council decision that only the “worst cases” of murder qualified for the imposition of the Death Penalty.
Mr. Christie is aware that the Government has already fore-shadowed its intention to do just that; and that in October of this year debate will begin in Parliament on several Bills, designed to re-define the offence of Murder and to up-date the Criminal Law.
Mr Christie promised to implement technical and vocational instruction in all schools. This is already being done throughout The Bahamas where, even in Primary Schools, agricultural programmes are being implemented. Significant investment has been made by the Government over the past several years to improve and expand the technical and vocational subjects offered even in Junior High Schools.
Mr. Christie called for more Supreme Courts to be devoted to hearing criminal cases. He should be reminded that when he left office there were only two (2) Supreme Court Judges assigned to hear criminal cases in Nassau. Today there are five (5) courts hearing criminal cases.
Further, the Government has devoted more than $14 million in the purchase of the Ansbacher Building and the thorough renovation of the original Supreme Court and Hansard Buildings, to create additional court rooms and administrative facilities, with a view towards improving the efficiency of the administration of justice. Again, the Government has already fore-shadowed the allocation of more judicial and legal resources towards attaining a more timely and efficient trial process and towards reducing the backlog of serious criminal matters pending, but unheard in the Supreme Court.
Mr. Christie touted his much heralded “Swift Justice” initiative which we remind him was decried by the Judiciary as being “neither swift nor just”, and which verged upon being unconstitutional in certain aspects. We also remind him that “Swift Justice” did not have any significant impact in reducing the backlog of cases in the Supreme Court.
The endemic problem of crime demands that responsible Leaders help in forming a National Consensus on the way forward. Once that consensus is determined then all political entities should respect the views of the Bahamian People, amend our Laws and even our Constitution, if necessary, to re-fashion an effective system of justice which can command the respect of the Bahamian public and, thereby, assist in providing the needed element of social deterrence.
In the meanwhile the Government is already making necessary economic and social investments in improving the administration of Justice.
Carl W. Bethel, MP