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Release by The National Joint Action Movement (NJAM) on the death of Kian Alexander and the continued search and rescue for Kernisha Etienne

Release by The National Joint Action Movement (NJAM) on the death of Kian Alexander and the continued search and rescue for Kernisha Etienne

The National Joint Action Movement (NJAM) wishes to bring to the attention of the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica that today marks the 15th day and beginning of the third week since the abduction of twelve year old Kernisha Etienne and almost ninety-six hours, four days, since Deputy Police Commissioner Lincoln Corbette announced to the nation the death of the alleged abductor Kian Alexander.

The Nation has been subjected to almost ninety-six hours of total silence from the police, the Minister of National Security and the Government of Dominica on the circumstances which lead to the death of Kian Alexander, presumably the only person who had information on the whereabouts of the child, and how they intend to continue the search and rescue efforts for the child.

The deafening silence of the police and the government of Dominica is totally unacceptable and as a result NJAM demands that the authorities inform the nation of the situation with the child and what could have led to the death of Kian Alexander when it was public knowledge and understanding that he had to be apprehended alive thereby assisting to  confirm the whereabouts of the twelve year old child Kernisha Etienne.

There is no doubt that the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force and the Government authorities have made a fatal blunder with the handling of the situation which has now lessened hopes and expectations of finding the child; for unfortunately, every minute that passes worsens the possibility of finding the child alive. The nation must now face the ultimate reality of a possible corpse.

NJAM therefore appeals to the people of the Commonwealth of Dominica to join in the efforts to demand an independent investigation into the activities of the Police to determine what could have gone so fatally wrong with the handling of the abduction of Kernisha Ettienne  and the subsequent death of Kian Alexander without locating the child. The police and government have a responsibility to be transparent, honest and truthful to the nation.

NJAM is not a political party but is proud of confronting political issues of national significance. In this regard NJAM also appeals to all political parties and their supporters to STOP the politicization of the unfortunate situation and to come together in Joint Action for Kernisha Etienne’s sake.

A petition to the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica to appoint a commission to investigate the matter will soon be initiated.

The entire nation is in pain. NJAM prays for a miracle to bring the child home safely.

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