PNPYO president blasts government over crime and youth development | New


Ruddy Mathison, Gleaner Writer

The President of the People’s National Party Youth Organization (PNPYO), Gabriela Morris, has accused the government of failing to properly deal with crime and its impact on young people.

Speaking at the public session of the organization’s national council meeting on Sunday at GC Foster College in Spanish Town, St Catherine, Morris said more needs to be done to put Jamaica on a better path.

Morris, who was recently elected, argued that the administration led by Andrew Holness had not done enough to cauterize the crime.

“It is a well-known fact that young people are both perpetrators and victims of crime, but instead of confronting the problem, we have a government in this country that would rather enact unconstitutional measures than do work that will curb the crime problem in this country,” Morris said to applause from party supporters.

She continued: “Comrades, we are a party that cares and we see the challenges facing young people across Jamaica. We see that many young people are hopeless, we see that many young people fear for their life every day, we see that a lot of young people are just worried and looking for the next way out.”

Morris called on Jamaicans to provide support to families who have been affected by crime and violence, highlighting the case of Donna-lee Donaldson.

A high-level police investigation is currently underway into the 24-year-old’s disappearance.

“I want to warn the Prime Minister and the police, stop gwaan as unuh nuh notice that people across this country need hope,” Morris said in an appeal to authorities.

She urged the government to tackle youth unemployment.

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