(ZIZ News) – Crime, unemployment, apparent health issues at the Basseterre High School and the alleged dilapidated state of the Joseph N. France General Hospital were among the challenges faced by Team Unity when it assumed office in February.
Prime Minister, the Hon. Dr. Timothy Harris made the disclosure on Wednesday’s edition of “Working for You” on ZIZ Radio.
He said violent crimes, in particular homicides, were spiralling out of control under the former administration.
“When some people now scream about crime and about homicides, you wonder, how dare we forget. How dare we forget the reality that by February we already had seven murders under the former administration and if we were to extrapolate that in terms of the trending, you were going to have about 48 murders or thereabout by time the year would have ended? By September, we would have had near 30 murders,” Dr. Harris stated.
The Prime Minister said by taking a more serious approach to crime and through the implementation of the six point plan of action, the police force has realised a reduction in violent crimes.
“Thankfully, we have been able to get some respite in relation to that. Some relief has come and that trajectory in terms of the upward pushing on homicides have now turned downward and since the implementation of the six point plan we have seen, according to the police, a significant reduction in violent crimes in the country,” he added.
Dr. Harris said the government will continue working for the people and will address each issue accordingly.