My View

Weekend Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By Don­ald Ramo­tar

When

the APNU regime an­nounced their plan to have a Com­mis­sion of In­quiry (CoI) to in­ves­ti­gate the Guyana Po­lice Force (GPF), I had is­sued a warn­ing that some­thing was sin­is­ter in that CoI.

To es­tab­lish the CoI, they used the ‘plot to as­sas­si­nate the Pres­i­dent’ as grounds to jus­tify such a move.

Every sane per­son in Guyana knows that that threat was ‘non­sense’. The Po­lice Le­gal Ad­vi­sor, a very ex­pe­ri­enced for­mer judge and other se­nior of­fi­cers of the Guyana Po­lice Force, rec­og­nized the farce. How­ever, the regime still went ahead and es­tab­lished its CoI.

In that same ar­ti­cle, it was stated that the real rea­son may very well be to give the regime the chance to politi­cize the Guyana Po­lice Force. The way to do so would be to re­move the true pro­fes­sion­als and in­stall per­sons who were will­ing to take po­lit­i­cal di­rec­tion from the PNC/APNU Party.

Events that have so far un­folded sug­gest that this is pre­cisely what is tak­ing place.

Even be­fore the CoI was con­cluded, the ‘writ­ing was on the wall’. The hos­til­ity to­wards some of­fi­cers was ob­vi­ous. One of­fi­cer, Crime Chief Blan­hum, was re­fused his re­quest to ap­pear be­fore the Com­mis­sion to an­swer some of the is­sues raised by the Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice (act­ing).

At that point, one re­ally won­dered why a CoI would refuse such a re­quest. The only log­i­cal con­clu­sion was that the out­come of the in­quiry was pos­si­bly pre-de­ter­mined. The CoI had no in­ter­est to hear a re­but­tal.

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