When attempting to recreate certain results, it is usually helpful for the persons involved to fully understand the reasons behind the initial success. This concept appears to be lost on the current administration however, who seem content to simply rehash the crime plans of former governments with the hope that something will inevitably work.
The recent hiring of Mr. Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj is the best example of this, as not only does it wreak of desperation, but also highlights the inadequacies of their own cabinet. But more than this however, the move aims to reproduce the same results of the 1995-2000 UNC administration without understanding why it worked in the first place.
When Mr. Dole Chadee and his gang were hanged in 1999, the murder toll had already dipped below the three-digit mark in the year prior due to the combined efforts of the protective agencies. During a conversation I had with Mr.
Basdeo Panday a few months ago, he explained that this was attained through dialogue with the relative heads of the national security agencies as well as his commitment to providing the infrastructure and provisions required by these forces in carrying out their duties. While these initiatives, such as the creation of the Rapid Response E999 unit did garner some attention, nothing was as sexy as the hanging of the Dole Chadee gang in 1999, and that is the root of the problem we face today.