Published:Wednesday | January 31, 2018
The House of Representatives has passed the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) Act, which will establish an independent body to fight organised crime in Jamaica.
Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, who piloted the Bill, described the passage of the Bill as a historic day in changing the national security architecture.
The bill will transform MOCA into an elite law-enforcement investigative agency, operating autonomously of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).
It will see the organisation detecting and investigating crime kingpins and persons who facilitate their activities.
Speaking in the debate on the bill yesterday, opposition spokesman on national security, Fitz Jackson, said the bill was long in coming.
He said given the critical function MOCA will perform, it’s important that the organisation is well funded and that this funding is sustained.
Jackson was also adamant that Jamaicans must have confidence in the integrity of MOCA, and that this can only be ensured if the entity fearlessly goes after those with power.
Responding to the concerns raised by Jackson, Montague sought to assure that MOCA will be properly funded.
He also noted that since its establishment in 2014 MOCA has demonstrated an increased capacity in intelligence collection and analysis.
Montague also said MOCA has restrained $2.4 billion in assets since 2014.