- The Minister has no such authority - Rohee
Commissioner Seelall Persaud has been given a directive by Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, to proceed on indefinite “special leave” in the public interest.
Persaud will be proceeding on 56 days of annualised and pre-retirement leave, after which he will return to office.
The COP had returned from leave last week when he was called in and handed the letter to go stay home some more. President, David Granger, said the top cop was sent on additional l eave since government does not want to pay public servants in lieu of leave.
“I am advised to inform you that in the public interest, and to allow for continuing initiatives and innovations being pursued by the Guyana Police Force’s temporary administration t o be completed before your resumption of duty, it is the considered opinion of the Administration that you should be and you are hereby directed to proceed on special leave with effect from November 24, 2017 until further notice,” Ramjattan wrote in the letter to Persaud, which was dated November 23, 2017.
Former Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, however, is of the view that all this is being done without the proper authority. Persaud was told he will serve until retirement on May 1, 2018. Former Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee has called out the present Minister in charge of the security sector for attempting to discipline the Commission of Police – a move which he has no authority to do.
The development comes in wake of the findings of a Commission of Inquiry ( CoI) into an alleged assassination plot against the president, which had recommended Persaud’s removal from office.
Government is yet to publically state how it plans to deal with the recommendations, which were submitted on August 31, including what to do about Persaud, who was on accu-