Assassination COI destroying careers, cops urged to take legal action
reputations of the most senior members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has been dragged into unjustified disrepute and they are being urged to take legal action against the various systems that have been put into place to destroy their careers and characters.
Opposition Leader, Mr. Bharrat Jagdeo on Tuesday expressed alarm over the manner in which the State newspaper, the Guyana Chronicle, is scandalously reporting the findings of the controversial Commission of Inquiry report into the alleged plot to assassinate the President.
The newspaper has re- ported for three consecutive days with screaming headlines that the Paul Slowe – led Inquiry strongly recommended that the top brass of the Force be sacked or severely disciplined because of alleged “unprofessionalism” in the way the assassination allegation was investigated.
Mr. Jagdeo expressed concern that this classified report has been “leaked” to no other than the State media – which falls directly under the remit of Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo. According to the former President, if the Government cared about the morale of the GPF, it would have ensured the Chronicle was guided by the principle of ethics and not publish the contents of the report, which has not yet made it to Cabinet.
Assumptions are high that the report, which was handed over the President David Granger two weeks ago, was deliberately given to the Guyana Chronicle to tarnish the reputations of specific individuals.
Jagdeo argued that the articles fall in line with the coalition’s plan to remove certain individuals from the GPF and replace them with persons sympathetic towards the PNC.
Those in the leadership of the Force being targeted are the Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud; Deputy Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine; Assistant Commissioner of Police, Cliften Hicken and Crime Chief, Wendell Blanhum. The Slowe-COI argued that the allegation was not properly investigated and that the senior ranks of the Force did not treat the matter with urgency.
But Mr. Jagdeo argued that Slowe is biased and therefore was put to head the Inquiry to do a “hatchet” job. “He is acting on the basis of vendetta…he is an aggrieved party and he was a member of the APNU campaign team in the last elections,” Jagdeo said, noting that Slowe had many differences with persons in the GPF.
The Opposition Leader asserted that this exercise is pure witch-hunt and warned Guyanese if they sit quietly and allow this to happen, professionalism in the police force will be destroyed.