Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa, whose Ministry implemented the SOE, also weighed in on its outcome of the SOE and stated that it was successful in keeping crime down.
Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “We are happy to report that there was not a single murder in terms of any gang-related murders in Belize City and so the state of emergency did serve its purpose for tha 30 day period. It did serve as a cooling-off period. We had a lot of intervention with the LIU and the Police Department with those individuals at prison. We are hoping that they can maintain the peace. Like I always say, we do not resort to a state of emergency as our first option but at the same time we have to recognise that we must save lives. That at the end of the day is our responsibility at the police department is to save lives. So if we realise that there’s a series of killings taking place again and it will only continue, then we will not hesitate to, once again, impose the state of emergency but that is not the solution. That is not the long term solution. We’re putting in place things like free education. We have to keep our children in school and by all means, that is the priority all the way up to 6th form if possible. That is the long term objective. So we’re dealing with a situation that we inherited but at the same time, we’re tackling it not just from an education standpoint but with sports as well, with opportunities as well and also with stiffer penalties, greater patrols from the Police Department to ensure that we do not have these flare ups again.”