The next move
must give a warning to kidnappers and murderers. And the
warning is this: There are people who are not afraid
of you and who are prepared to engage in a significant degree
of networking to do what the State is afraid to do. Enough
These brutal predators have launched and maintained a sustained
attack on the people of T&T. They kidnap adults as well
as children. They kill, spill, chill and fill their pockets
with blood-money, laughing all the way to the bank while
citizens are plunged into a state of uncertainty.
It is only a matter of time before people cry out for mercenaries
to replace the Ministry of National Security.
Can anybody identify the kidnappers? Of course, they are
known. And in case you are getting confused, understand
one simple point: they enjoy the limelight. This psychotic
bunch of vampires are not hiding.
Kidnapping is a lucrative business and the operatives are
extremely cunning. You must have heard the following statement:
You cannot eat your cake and have it too. Well
the kidnappers and assassins are eating their cake and the
cake gets larger and larger.
Listen, the predators are getting legal money
and illegal money. They are getting money from legitimate
public and private sector institutions while they conduct
their nefarious business.
And we must understand one simple fact: they are not hiding.
Have you heard about families who called the kidnappers,
sorry, the Ministry of Kidnapping? Have you heard about
the elaborate fees charged by officials in this new, unofficial
As with the drug trade, so with the kidnapping trade. We
cannot fight this twin monstrosity if we have decided to
preserve the untouchables.
Now, when I speak about the Ministry of Kidnapping, I am
not referring to the AKS: the Anti-Kidnapping Squad. I am
speaking about citizens who are involved directly and indirectly
in the business of crime.
Listen, there was a family who experienced the horror of
kidnapping. They called up this para-military organisation,
agreed to the fee structure, and with professional skill
and timing, the relative was returned.
I could almost hear some people shouting: Dottin,
what are you complaining about? Let us employ this group
to solve the problems! But that is the problem. This
group is a part of the kidnapping and killing business.
We have raced past 100 murders. I must have missed the referendum
where citizens voted to have over 300 murders for the year.
There is a teenager who is missing in South Trinidad, there
is a Central businessman who cannot be found, executions
are conducted in broad daylight, while some businessmen
are leaning on the everlasting arms of the police
reform bills. When will we ever learn?
But the problem gets worse before it gets better. When will
these business organisations remove the godfathers from
the treasured list of invitees on the cocktail-party circuit?
When will political parties begin to expel their financiers
who are involved in blue and white collar crimes?
When will we decide to destroy the protection racket?
If we use criminals to destroy those whom we believe are
our enemies, then crime is not a problem but a solution.
It will require a massive reframing of perceptions, if we
are to experience psychological and spiritual transformation.
I have this strange feeling that time is running out, that
citizens will decide to fill the vacuum that has been created
by a divided and weak Parliament and a Cabinet that is smilingly
Let us spare more than a thought for our teenagers. Marijuana
and cocaine are bombarding our secondary school students
and again the State has been weighed in the balance and
The dons have recruited students to push the
drugs in and out of schools, with an efficiency that must
make religious leaders, politicians and youth counsellors
green with envy.
How about Vision 0505 before Vision 2020? And while we tend
to focus on the brutal crimes, we must not forget the equally
frustrating situation such as multiple robberies. Think
of the owners of small and medium-sized shops and supermarkets
who are advantaged by ruthless rascals.
In some villages, bandits have emptied some parlours on
a monthly basis. There are other independent entities who
are faced with an extra tax: the coward tax. If you refuse
to pay, members of the lynch mob are hurled at you and you
have to play the original hide and seek game
to escape their tentacles.
How long will this sad state of affairs be allowed to continue?
Until we experience a rude awakening? But we have already
crossed the line. The streets of the East-West Corridor
are being painted and repainted with a generous red coating
We are not ready to face the facts. Many people have lost
hope in institutions that were supposed to be sacred. Political
interference is hurting the Judiciary. The Integrity Commission
seems paralysed, something has gone wrong somewhere, sometime.
In addition to kidnapping and killing, hypocrisy reigns
supreme. Hear the Police Commissioner: Dont
blame the Government or the police for crime.
We would hope that politicians and police are not involved
in crime. But they are employed to subdue and control the
criminal element that is engulfing the society, and they
must stop making silly excuses.
I agree that money is not the problem. The real problem
is the absence of the will and determination to succeed.
The citizens must have the courage to act against the predators,
to move under the banner of Prince Immanuel and rescue the
youth from the stranglehold of the devil.