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Minister of Home Affairs says crime is not a quick fix

Since the start of the month, there have been ten murders in Belize City due to gun violence. The uptick in violent crimes is concerning to citizens, as well as the opposition.  The United Democratic Party has said that the Government’s multi-sectoral approach is not working and so we asked Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa whether the Police Department needs to rethink its crime-fighting strategy. He said that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “You have to understand that the multisectoral approach is not an overnight fix and I will repeat that as often as I need to because we have a very serious issue in our country, a very serious problem with twenty-nine gangs in Belize City alone. That won’t fix overnight and so criminals who are hell-bent on continuing with their life of crime we will come down hard on them that has not changed. What has changed is getting more departments, the Department of Youth Services involved, getting the Ministry of Education involved to realize that we have a long-term program that we’re putting in place to actually stem the tide. That is what we’re putting in place and so between October and now it is not expected that you’re going to see that kind of result until the multisectoral approach and so it has to go in tandem, hand in hand with very tough policing on those criminals who are hell-bent on wreaking havoc.”

Musa also commented on the possibility of his ministry implementing a state of emergency to tackle the problem. 

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “States of emergencies as you know it’s a band-aid fix for an issue and we have certainly not ruled out states of emergencies. It’s not necessarily our go-to formula moving forward, we do believe in a long-term fix for the crime problem in our country but if it gets to a point where we’re seeing that the murders are happening and retaliation is happening too regular we will have to implement the state of emergency again.”