A worrying situation
Recent actions by newly appointed Minister of National Security, Jack Warner can be viewed as high-handed and having an ulterior motive.
The Re-route movement has put forward substantial environmental issues regarding the potential destruction of wetlands and prime agricultural acreages.
In the eyes of many, these issues were not adequately debated; an independent arbitrator or the courts should have been allowed to intervene and make a final determination in the matter.
It is perhaps the first time in our history that a minister of government has used his position to directly order an action against citizens—a situation which is worrying to say the least, particularly in light of the fact that the Police Commissioner was not informed.
Suggesting that delay in construction, due to the protest, is costing taxpayers millions of dollars implies that the highway is nearing completion or that contingency planning to address roadblocks is not in place.
I believe that an investigation should be launched by the Prime Minister to allay the concerns of citizens as to whether Mr Warner has acted appropriately and within the law and the constitution. Also, newly appointed Minister of Works, Emmanuel George, should have accepted responsibility for resolving the dispute instead looking to Mr. Warner for a quick-fix. After all, other newly appointed ministers have to deal with the issues they have inherited in their respective ministries.