I just don't get it

January 20, 2017
Clan Carthy Primary students participate in last year's National Day of Prayer which was an initiative by the Ministry of Education arising from an upsurge in violence against children.

Since the start of 2017, Jamaica has been averaging about three murders a day.

Just the other night, two children - a one-year-old and three-year-old - were shot dead in Hanover. A one-year-old and a three-year-old! What are we waiting for to take action?

We block roads and light fires when things are not to our liking, or when government makes a wrong move, so what is preventing us from getting angry at what has been happening in our country to our women and our children?

What will it take for us to take a stand against violence that is literally at our doorsteps?

Okay, here is an idea. Since we get so easily riled up by gay people, let us pretend that all gunmen are gay. Would that help?

Another thing I don't get is why so many of our men have become so defensive about sexual abuse of underage girls, and children in general.

I heard a man called a radio station recently, in reference to the case of the Moravian pastor who has been charged with sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old girl, telling the host that, basically, 15-year-old girls are ready for sex.




Against that background, he doesn't see anything wrong with grown men having sex with underage girls. Somebody lock that man away, please.

The age of consent in Jamaica is 16. What that means is that no child under the age of 16 is allowed to engage in sexual relations, especially with men old enough to be their grandfathers.

Without the rule of law, there is only chaos.

One final thing I don't get. For many, many years now, the People's National Party (PNP) has had this Trafigura investigation hanging over their heads.

For those not familiar, back in 2006, the then six-month-old PNP administration came under the spotlight for accepting US$475,000 from a Dutch oil trading firm, Trafigura Beheer BV.

The company held the contract to lift, market, and trade oil that Jamaica receives from Nigeria under a concessionary financing arrangement.

Members of the PNP executive, including the now Leader of the Opposition, Portia Simpson-Miller, have been called upon to testify.

From the outset, the former PM said she knows nothing, and the party said they have nothing to hide.

If that is the case, then why is this thing dragging out for 10 years? Why is the PNP so reluctant to put this matter to rest?

I don't get it.

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