KINGSTON, April 11, 2018 - Despite the Zones of Special Operations (ZOSOs) and States of Emergency (SOEs) imposed by the Government, the Parliamentary Opposition says murders and shootings continue to increase in other parts of Jamaica.
Spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson, who was speaking in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, said 385 murders have been committed since the start of the year, while there have been 323 shootings.
"Four persons are being murdered every day since the start of the year by this number (and) three persons are being shot in addition to that four that is being murdered. That is the reality," he pointed out.
Mr. Jackson noted that murders and shootings are especially increasing in areas where there are no special security measures such as a State of Emergency or Zone of Special Operation.
For example, he argued that murders in the Kingston Central division have increased by 47 per cent, while the figure has increased by 77 per cent in Kingston Eastern.
Based on Mr. Jackson's figures, St. Andrew South has also seen a significant hike in murders - an increase of 243 per cent.
He said while the Opposition supports the short term measures, it wants the government to implement a comprehensive crime plan to deal with the issue in a long-term and more permanent way.
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