Prime Minister Concerned About “Wanton Violence”
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has expressed concern about what he has described as the “wanton violence” plaguing the twin island nation.
Rowley made the comment in the aftermath of the recent killing of Leon Bebe, a teenage farmer.
“From all accounts, Mr. Bebe, 19, was an ambitious and hardworking entrepreneur who fully immersed himself in the field of agriculture. He has been described by those closest to him as an honest, positive role model. His positive activities in agriculture held out such hope for young people.”
The Prime Minister said, “It is terribly disheartening that we are producing people in our society who will attack and kill others for their own personal gratification.”
He urged citizens to strive for excellence and to dedicate themselves to improving their lives and contributing to the overall development of the nation.
“We must also stand strongly together as a nation in condemnation of those who are bent on marring Trinidad and Tobago with violence and criminal activity.Those who choose to adopt a criminal lifestyle must not find solace and comfort in our homes, communities and nation. Law enforcement and the judiciary must continue to do their part and we as law-abiding citizens need to cooperate with the authorities so that we can to rid our country of this homicidal scourge,” Rowley said.
The police report that Bebe, was shot dead late Tuesday by unknown assailants.
He had reportedly gone to collect money owed to him, in the company of a friend from his village, when the incident occurred.
Bebe was one of the founders of Youths With Vision Agricultural Mission – a Facebook page dedicated to highlighting young farmers and their products.
Bebe was featured in the TnT Mirror newspaper on March 23 for his entrepreneurship in the field of hydroponics farming.
In the article he said that despite his personal struggles, he was determined to be a success.
“What gets me worried about life every day is that is knowing that you will be working hard to be a better man, working hard for your honest dollar to make sure your family gets their needs and making sure your younger family members stay focussed than what you have had so far. But little do you know there is someone watching over your life you are living and wanting to take away your life and what is rightfully yours,” he said in the article.