A security consultant is raising questions about the rationale for extending the Zones of Special Operations in Mount Salem in St. James and Denham Town in Kingston.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday announced that the Zones, which expire this month, will be extended for another 60 days.
This will be the sceond time that the Zone of Special Operations has been extended in Mount Salem.
In an interview with RJR News Thursday morning, Security Consultant Robert Finzi-Smith questioned the reasons for the extension if ZOSOs are indeed reaping success as reported by the security forces.
Mr. Finzi-Smith noted that 300 people have been murdered in St. James, so another Zone should have been declared in the parish.
"During the flooding the other day people were being shot, so I'm not too certain what it is about Mount Salem that makes it a particularly chosen child, as against other areas in Montego Bay that desperately appear to need it. Clarendon seems to have issues and I'm wondering when, if at all, we will be getting to Clarendon," he asserted.
According to Mr. Finzi-Smith, his impression of the Zone of Special Operations is that "they would take, sanitise, maintain" and then implement the social programme.
He argued that if, as the Prime Minister said, the Zones in Mount Salem and West Kingston have reached a point that is considered peaceful, why then have they not implemented the social programmes so that the security forces can move to another area that needs it.
Mr. Holness had said the extension is necessary because the Zones will expire when the House of Representatives is on recess for the Christmas period.