By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
CRIME fighting strategies will be the “singular focus” when Cabinet meets today, Prime Minister Perry Christie said, revealing that a key meeting on the future of BTC will be postponed.
Yesterday, Mr Christie said after consultations with the Commissioner of Police, Cabinet ministers will meet at 9am to “strengthen and escalate the war on crime” so that peace and a sense of security can be restored to streets, homes and communities in the shortest possible time.
His comments came after four persons were shot and killed in Fox Hill Friday night, while awaiting Junkanoo results.
The Prime Minister said the Cabinet meeting was originally scheduled to formalise a new deal with Cable and Wireless, the current majority owner of BTC, however “nothing is more fundamental” than keeping Bahamians safe.
“I have determined that nothing should distract us at this particular moment in time from the urgent need to escalate the war on crime. Accordingly, this crime-ﬁghting imperative will be the singular focus of Cabinet tomorrow. As a result, Cable and Wireless has agreed that we should postpone the formalisation of the new deal until January.
“After Cabinet has agreed the course of action against crime a further statement will be made outlining the specific measures that will be implemented to battle and defeat crime in our country,” Mr Christie said.
“In the meantime, I join with all my colleagues in extending our personal condolences, and the condolences of the government and the nation, to the victims of Friday night’s attack and to their families, and indeed to all those who have fallen victim to senseless violence in our country.”
The Prime Minister said the Bahamian people should feel assured, therefore, “that my colleagues and I” are absolutely resolute in our collective determination to bring crime firmly under control.
Prime Minister Perry Christie was scheduled to be out of the country at the Dolphins game in Miami to make the announcement of a Grand Prize trip to the Bahamas, at half time from Centre Field. However, while he did go to Miami, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe presented the prize on his behalf.