Mandeville Weekly News


Posted by SR (riley) on Feb 16 2017 at 3:52 PM
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Government Senator, Matthew Samuda, is calling for legislative changes that will see the imposition of a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment for convicted child abusers who have a high duty of care. Making his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Senate, recently, Mr. Samuda cited some of these individuals who have a high duty of care, including pastors, police and teachers, noting that while the existing law states that it should not

discriminate according to profession, these changes should be done based on the circumstances which are occurring across the island.  “Our children place their trust in policemen, teachers and pastors who have a significant duty of care to them, but we are told by law enforcement that oftentimes some in those occupations are among the most prevalent of high-profile child abusers,” he said.

Senator Samuda informed that recently the head of CISOCA made a disclosure in Parliament stating that the majority of high-profile sex offenders who violate the nation’s children are pastors and policemen.  “I am deeply troubled by this. The CISOCA boss and our security forces are to be given full support in rooting out and bringing to justice any corrupt person who may prey on our nation’s children, whether that person goes by the title pastor or police or whether that person is the average Jill or Joe. The rule of law must prevail,” he said.

The Senator argued that as part of the moral awakening, Jamaica needs is for law enforcement to be given the support it requires in separating the good from the bad in society.  “There are many good policemen and pastors who dedicate their lives to making this country a better place and they are to be lauded and appreciated,” he said.

The State of the Nation Debate gives Senators the opportunity to address issues of national importance.  It also gives Cabinet Ministers in the Senate an opportunity to address their portfolio responsibilities while highlighting Government policies and programmes.