Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, has strongly denounced the shooting of two employees of the NSWMA this morning in Portmore, St. Catherine, which resulted in one of them dying later, while the other remains hospitalized.
“We are still not sure about the reason for this attack. At about 8:30 yesterday morning, a full crew of sanitation workers was on duty in the vicinity of Portmore Community College, when two men walked up and shot two of the crew members. I am also advised that the men simply walked with guns in hand to a waiting motor car and drove away. This brazen act occurred in the presence of commuters, pedestrians and students, who have been traumatized by the experience. The police are investigating the incident, and I am confident the culprits will be found. I am also heartened by the many messages of sympathy and support that have been sent by people from all over Jamaica, to the management and staff of the NSWMA in this time of shock and grief. I also wish to express my support to the families of the victims, and to the wider NSWMA family.
“I call on all well-thinking, law-abiding Jamaicans to shun and expose criminals and criminality. These crew members were doing their jobs, making their contribution to a consistently clean Jamaica. I commend the operational staff and management who responded quickly after the incident, and I am assured that the Agency’s leadership is taking all practicable steps to protect the staff.”