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  • Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is urging the Kiwanis movement to play a greater role in the fight against crime and violence in the country.
  • The National Security Minister, who is a former Distinguished Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis movement, noted that the service club, through its work in communities, can help to address crimes that are domestically based.

Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, is urging the Kiwanis movement to play a greater role in the fight against crime and violence in the country.

This, he said, by reaching out to more young people in order to instil in them a culture of service and respect for law and order.

Minister Montague was addressing the 26th convention of Kiwanis Clubs in Jamaica at the Moneague College in St. Ann on Sunday (August 28).

The National Security Minister, who is a former Distinguished Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis movement, noted that the service club, through its work in communities, can help to address crimes that are domestically based.

“The figures tell me that 37 per cent of the murders committed in Jamaica are domestically based – people who know each other killing themselves, and this is where the Kiwanis movement is going to have to play a part because we are supposed to give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than the material values of life,” he said.

“As good citizens of Jamaica, we have to reach out beyond the clubs of Kiwanis. We too have to go into the youth clubs; we have to become a part of the parent-teacher associations, a part of the neighbourhood watch and a part of the citizens’ associations… . We must, therefore, through the Kiwanis clubs offer practical means of forming enduring friendships,” he contended.

The convention, which is staged annually by the Lieutenant Governors of Kiwanis Jamaica was held under the themeRekindling the Spirit of Kiwanis’.

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National Security Minister, Hon. Robert Montague (5th left), and Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Maura Barry Boyle (centre) join members of the Kiwanis movement for a photo opportunity at the 26th Convention of Kiwanis Clubs in Jamaica held on Sunday (August 28) at the Moneague College in St. Ann. Others (from left) are Lieutenant Governors, Jason Kemp and Dr. Martin Taylor; Kiwanis Trustee, Beverly Thompson; Acting Custos of St. Ann, Reverend Lenworth Sterling; Lieutenant Governor Luke Allen; President of the Kiwanis Foundation of Jamaica, Llewelyn Allen; Kiwanis Trustee, Beulah Bartholomew; and Distinguished Lieutenant Governor, Julaine Lumsden (Marlon Tingling Photo).