Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the provisions under the Constitution which govern the use of a state of public emergency need “clarification and redefinition”
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the provisions under the Constitution which govern the use of a state of public emergency need “clarification and redefinition”.
His comment follows the declaration of a State of Public Emergency for the parish of St Catherine which has so far recorded 128 murders since January, representing an over 30 per cent increase year on year
There are also 12 active gang conflicts in the parish, according to Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson
“We always welcome the court’s clarification because it makes it easier for us to define policy. So, we welcome the guidance of the court,” said Holness
“But we also recognise the threats that exist to the democracy that we have now are quite different from when the Constitution was concerned. It is a different time. The Constitution was conceived when the threat actors were easily identified. They were sometimes extra territorial. They were states themselves,” he added
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