St. Kitts Prime Minister on Nation Reform

first_imgPrime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris of St. Kitts Nevis has pledged to assist persons who wish to abandon a life of crime.In an address to Parliament earlier this week, Harris said those involved in gangs or other activities will be helped by the relevant government agencies and non-governmental community.“We offer to help our citizens and residents turn away from criminal activities and the gang culture in particular, and to embark upon a path of reform and redemption,” Harris said. “We offer to help them in finding jobs, opportunities for self employment and other constructive engagement but they of course must want to make that positive change and meaningful change.”The Prime Minister also warned persons who continue to engage in criminal acts.“Those who are determined to continue on a path of lawlessness will be vigorously pursued, apprehended and made to face the full weight of the law,” the Minister of National Security said. Additionally, Dr. Harris encouraged residents and groups to “step up the level of support” for the security forces and law and order on a whole in St. Kitts and Nevis.The comments were made against the backdrop of a recent meeting between the High Command of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force (RSCNPF) and influential persons within gangs.Commissioner of Police Ian Queeley said the meeting was held last week with several at-risk young men from troubled areas in the twin island federation.“We discussed what were their concerns and issues and what role they can play in nation building,” the Commissioner said.last_img