Speech

The Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding on behalf of the Ministry and by extension the Government of Jamaica, expresses immense sadness and condemnation at the killing of Mohan Bunwarrie, on Saturday May 10, 2014.

Mr. Bunwarrie was a firm believer in community development, and was actively involved in several projects in Spanish Town, including the Ministry of Justice’s Restorative Justice Programme, and programmes run by the Social Development Commission, the Peace Management Initiative and the Parish Development Committee.  He was also a youth peace facilitator at the Dispute Resolution Foundation’s Peace and Justice Centre.

As President of the Shelter Rock/Dempshire Pen Citizen Association, he worked tirelessly for infrastructural and social development in the Community. Children looked up to him as a positive role model, and he worked relentlessly with young men to help them better themselves.

In 2010, he was introduced to the Restorative Justice Programme, when he, along with other volunteers from Spanish Town, was among the first batch to graduate as trained facilitators.

Between 2011 and 2013, Mr. Bunwarrie participated and conducted over 30 sensitizations across the communities of Homestead, March Pen, Ellerslie Pen, Tawes Meadows and Dela Vega City. By 2013, he was certified as a Trainer of Trainers and was later certified in Child Rights and Responsibilities Training held in Jamaica.

Mr. Bunwarrie longed to restore the community spirit that he frequently recalled from his days as a youth growing up in Spanish Town, when communities were not separated by violence and persons could walk about freely, day or night.  It is indeed tragic that someone committed to the service of others, the promotion of unity and non-violent resolution of conflict, should have met such a brutal and untimely death. It reinforces the Ministry’s resolve to promote peaceful approaches to dispute resolution through the Restorative Justice Programme, of which Mr. Bunwarrie was an integral part.

The Ministry extends its condolences to his wife and three children, and his wider family, friends and colleagues.