As­sas­si­na­tion COI de­stroy­ing ca­reers, cops urged to take le­gal ac­tion

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -


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.

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