BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (7/11/2014): The leadership of the National Integrity Party note, with grave concern, the recent upsurge in criminal activity, particularly gun crime in our Federation.
The apparent attempted robbery and shooting death of Kevin Newman, a popular bus driver,over the weekend is a cowardly act which must not go unpunished. We in the National Integrity Party urge the High Command of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force to exert maximum effort in bringing the perpetrator(s) of this heinous crime to justice. Likewise, the attempted murder of Lincoln “Markie” Liburd of Newtown and other gun crimes must be dealt with seriously as they can help to erode our country’s socio-economic gains and undermine the very fabric of our society which we, as God-fearing people, have struggled to create and must preserve.
The National Integrity Party calls on every citizen and civil society to support the police in their quest to make our Federation a safe place for citizens and visitors alike. We have adopted a zero tolerance policy on crime and intend to pursue that policy vigorously.
The National Integrity Party also calls on all those involved in gun crimes to put down their guns. Taking the life of a fellow human being, a brother, a sister, a father, a mother, a cousin, an uncle or an aunt, does not make you a man. It simply makes you a coward hiding behind a gun.
Now is the time to live a different life.
We take this opportunity to extend condolences to all families affected and pray that God comfort them in their time of grief.