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Pastor: Punish evildoers
In the midst of record number of murders for the
first month of this year, Pastor Jason Bachew of Faith Assem-
bly International, Five Rivers junction, Arouca is calling on
citizens to refrain from condemning the Government for
the existing situation.
Addressing his congregation this week Bachew said the Gov-
ernment and the protective services have the full authority
of the law to "execute" the "evildoers" who had no value
for life and were committing so many murders in the
country. There have been at least 53 murders for the
month, which exceeds the 49 for the corresponding
period last year.
Pastor Bachew said it must not be business as usu-
al, adding that even a faithful member of the church,
Cynthia Matthews was among those murdered over
the weekend. He said she was killed during a robbery
at her Arima home.
In his call for a declaration of war against crime,
Bachew said he was not advocating that citizens should
retaliate with guns but insisted that there should be in-
creased prayer among citizens and churches. "Enough
is enough," Bachew said, adding that he was standing
"in agreement" with the Government, protective ser-
vices and other civil leaders in the fight against crime.
Bachew said they have the right and authority "to use
the sword. It is okay to punish evildoers. Government
officials you have all rights to go ahead and execute."
He said police officers have "the right to carry the
sword to maintain (peace and) justice in the land"
against those who were "hell-bent" on committing
Bachew said in recent months criminals were even
committing robberies in church, adding that "when
a nation reaches that level it means trouble."
He insisted that citizens should not engage in crit-
icism of the Government over the crime problem but
instead prayers should be said for them.
Bachew said no one knows the pressure Government
officials were facing on the issue, insisting that he was
not being political.
St Joseph's Convent
needs $1m for expenditure
It costs approximately $1 million annually to run St
Joseph's Convent, Port-of-Spain. To help with the
school's operating expenditure, a Covenant with
Convent initiative was launched yesterday which
allows donors to set up deeds of covenant with the
Past Pupils Association (PPA) to contribute a fixed
sum. In return,the donors will be allowed to reduce
their taxable income by the amount donated.
At the breakfast launch at the Abercrombie Tea Shop, PPA
president,Joann Gomes, said operating expenditure is currently funded
directly by the school.
Also addressing the small gathering which included Port-of-Spain
Mayor Joel Martinez and House Speaker Bridgid Annisette-George,
was former principal Elizabeth Crouch who said drastic steps needed
to be taken to equip the current administrative team led by principal
Anna Pounder. Crouch said any efforts to improve the school's of-
ferings must include a human resource development plan which
will enable those at the helm to properly educate and enrich
the lives of the students in their care.
She added that money is needed to upgrade the school's
physical infrastructure, including designated spaces for
co-curricular and sporting activities and to introduce
more foreign languages such as Chinese, Arabic and
The school celebrated its 180th anniversary last year
and Crouch said the education curriculum needed to
The launch featured a short presentation titled Edu-
cation and Current Economic Realities by past student
and former CEO of the T&T Chamber Catherine Kumar.
"We must understand the realities of the present so that
our goals have some reference point and with proper ex-
ecution and a big dose of prayers, they can be achieved,"
Kumar said young people must be taught to be pro-
ductive in development of the local economy, as well in
raising families with sound values that can contribute to
making the country and world a better place.
Retired cop on crime upsurge:
Retired senior super-
a call he made 10 years ago for foreign
police officers to deal with corruption
in the Police Service.
Maharaj who in November 2007 shot into
the spotlight after turning down an appoint-
ment to act as the senior superintendent of
the Southern Division, saying there were po-
lice officers in that division who were corrupt
and involved in the illegal drug
and gun trade, said he was dis-
turbed but not surprised by the
present crime situation.
Maharaj, who had 32 years
service then,had called for Scot-
land Yard and the FBI to deal
with corruption in the Police
Service. The police top brass
launched an investigation into
Maharaj's claims, but to date
there has been no word on the outcome of
Asked by reporters at the San Fer-
nando High Court yesterday
to comment on the rampant
murders, Maharaj said: "We
must bring foreigners from
the DEA and the Scotland
Yard. The DEA because it's
the police, their relatives
and friends who are in-
volved in the gun and drug
trade and they cannot take
the actions that they are
supposed to take. You bring
in about 25 to 30 of them and put
them in different divisions so the lo-
cal police here will have fear.
"Bring in the Scotland Yard to deal with the
murders because the detection rate is eight
or ten per cent. The general public afraid to
call the police to pass on the information.
Recalling that his detection rate in homi-
cide was 40 per cent, Maharaj said people
who committed brazen and hor-
rific crimes because the justice
system has failed the country.
That is why I say they have to
bring in the criminals."
Another major problem
facing the Police Service,
he said, was that some police
officers, mainly senior po-
licemen, were concentrat-
ing on attaining academic
to police work in may in-
stances, and neglecting
"They (officers) hide and
study and cheat on taxpay-
ers of the country," he said.
Recalling in his early
days the Promotion and
Advisory Board would ask
him how many cases he had
in the magistrates and high
courts, he said: "I am issu-
ing a challenge to the cases
that the police have in the
Maharaj said he will only
consider fighting crime
again to assist the foreign-
ers free of charge.
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