Vision Guyana calling for economic solution to crime

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 31, 2008 – A civil society organisation in Guyana is calling for an economic solution to crime in the country on the heels of last Saturday’s Lusignan massacre which left 11 people including five children dead.

Vision Guyana has suggested that many Guyanese are suffering under heavy taxation and Chairman Peter Ramsaroop pointed out that the economic situation in many villages across Guyana is at an all time low.

He suggested that an initiative created by both public and private sector entities, be put in place to develop “real opportunities” for people to gain employment.

Ramsaroop recommended that this include micro loans to citizens for business ventures and a significant reduction in income tax and VAT.

Meantime, as authorities in Guyana continue their hunt for the gunmen who stormed the east coast village of Lusignan and went on a 20-minute shooting spree, government and international organisations have expressed outrage at the incident.

Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Edwin Carrington condemned the crime which he said “demonstrated a singular disregard for human life and which has reverberated throughout the Community and beyond.”

In a note to Guyana’s President, Bharrat Jagdeo, he urged security forces to “move swiftly to bring to justice, those responsible for such an atrocious and traumatic act.”

“We express the hope that calm will soon return to the traumatized communities and to the nation at large,” Carrington said.