- The Min­is­ter has no such author­ity - Ro­hee

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -


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-

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