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The fol­low­ing mo­tion was tabled in par­lia­ment by the PPP for con­sid­er­a­tion: WHEREAS

Sun­day July 9, 2017 will go down in the his­tory of our coun­try as the day when the worse Prison fire and jail break took place, de­stroy­ing over 80% of the Ge­orge­town Camp Street Prison, 8 pris­on­ers es­caped and the death of a prison of­fi­cer and sev­eral oth­ers in­jured;

AND WHEREAS we all watched in hor­ror as the news and the pho­to­graphs of the fire and jail break went vi­ral on the af­ter­noon of Sun­day July 9th; AND WHEREAS the state owned me­dia, NCN, had noth­ing on for hours ex­cept gospel and reg­gae mu­sic and the re­play­ing of an in­ter­view of Min­is­ter Ram­jat­tan at State House ear­lier that af­ter­noon on the prison fire; AND WHEREAS the first of­fi­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion took place after 10:30 p.m. that night on the NCN with the heads of the Dis­ci­plined Forces, fol­lowed by a brief in­ter­view of Min­is­ter

Ram­jat­tan and a pre-recorded in­ter­view of the Pres­i­dent; AND WHEREAS the lack of in­for­ma­tion in the first 76 hours caused great anx­i­ety and un­cer­tainty among the fam­i­lies of the pris­on­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic as to the where­abouts of the pris­on­ers;

AND WHEREAS the mem­bers of this House ex­tend our con­do­lences to the fam­ily of the de­ceased prison of­fi­cer, Mr.Od­ings Wick­ham, who died trag­i­cally dur­ing the hor­rific events at the Ge­orge­town Pris­ons Camp Street on July 9 th, and, we send our best wishes for the full

re­cov­ery of those of­fi­cers who were in­jured dur­ing the same in­ci­dent and are cur­rently hos­pi­tal­ized or re­cu­per­at­ing at home;

AND WHEREAS on July 24th, 2017 by way of a pub­lic an­nounce­ment the na­tion be­came aware that thir­teen (13) ad­di­tional (real bad) high risk pris­on­ers es­caped from the walled area of the Lusig­nan Prison Pas­ture;

AND WHEREAS this most re­cent es­cape is the third such event, fol­low­ing the March 2016 events at the Ge­orge­town Pris­ons Camp Street and the July 9th 2017 fire and jail­break at the same prison re­vealed a lack of trans­parency and in­com­pe­tence on the part of the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress such events;

AND WHEREAS de­spite many re­quests for the pub­lic re­lease of the fi­nal re­port and rec­om­men­da­tions of the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry into the March 2016 dis­tur­bance and re­sul­tant death of 17 pris­on­ers, the re­port re­mained a se­cret doc­u­ment;

AND WHEREAS the pub­lic re­mains in the dark after the July 9th in­ci­dent with more ques­tions than an­swers as to what led to the jail­break and fire , and how the gov­ern­ment man­aged this sit­u­a­tion as it un­folded and its af­ter­math;

AND WHEREAS the pub­lic was in­formed that many of their ques­tions would be an­swered in the course of a Com­mis­sion of In­quiry to be ap­pointed by the Pres­i­dent.

AND WHEREAS on July 20, 2017 the Min­is­ter was re­ported in the state me­dia as say­ing there would be no Com­mis­sion of In­quiry un­til the es­capees were all cap­tured;

AND WHEREAS as a re­sult the ques­tions are ex­pected to be left hang­ing for an in­def­i­nite time;

AND WHEREAS there is no other re­course than to have full disclosure in this Na­tional

As­sem­bly on these gen­uine queries, which sur­round the fol­low­ing:

i) Why is there a dis­crep­ancy in the time­line of when the July 9th Fire and jail­break

be­gan? What time were the pris­on­ers seen leav­ing? Who made the sight­ing?

ii) How did the pris­on­ers ac­cess the ac­cel­er­ants that started the fire? How soon will a re­port from the Guyana Fire Ser­vice on this mat­ter be forth­com­ing?

iii) Why were the ma­jor­ity of Prison Of­fi­cers on duty on Sun­day (July 9, 2017) ju­nior of­fi­cers? Where were the se­nior Prison Of­fi­cers? Why were women Prison Of­fi­cers deal­ing with cus­to­dial du­ties?

iv) How was death row in­mate, Roy­den Williams, free in the yard and able to walk out of the jail with the other es­capees?

v) Is it true that the pris­on­ers had the keys to in­di­vid­ual cells and all cell blocks be­fore the fire broke out? How was that pos­si­ble?

vi) Gun­shots were heard com­ing from the prison and fire­men could not get into the prison due to the dan­ger of be­ing in­jured; did the pris­on­ers have weapons and how did these come into their pos­ses­sion?

vii) Was t he ar­mory breached? How ? How many weapons are un­ac­counted for?

viii) When were The Stan­dard Op­er­at­ing Pro­ce­dures (SOPs) ac­ti­vated ? If the SOPs were ac­ti­vated why was the Fire Ser­vice the first alone to re­spond?

ix) Was the cor­rect Alert Code given, as de­tailed in pro­to­cols, to the Dis­ci­plined Forces?

x) Why were there no road­blocks set up across the City, or along the ECD or EBD cor­ri­dors in the hours and days im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the jail­break?

xi) What was the na­ture of po­lice ac­tion in Bux­ton, after re­ports of gun­shots in the area on Sun­day night ?

xii) How does the gov­ern­ment plan ac­cord­ing to the Pres­i­dent to “im­me­di­ately re­duce the prison pop­u­la­tion”

xiii)Is there any truth to re­ports from in­mates that there were at­tempts to warn Se­nior Prison of­fi­cers since Fri­day July 7th, 2017?

xiv) It is clear that the Ju­ly9th prison jail­break and fire was well co­or­di­nated and ex­e­cuted. This took time to plan and put into op­er­a­tion. It re­quired inside and out­side help. How did the Prison of­fi­cers, Joint Ser­vices etc., have no in­tel­li­gence of some­thing brew­ing?

xv) Can the gov­ern­ment pro­vide the pub­lic with a de­tailed break­down of ac­tual num­ber of pris­on­ers in Camp Street prison as of mid­day on July 9th and a break­down show­ing the num­bers ac­counted for and moved to other lo­ca­tions?

xvi) Hav­ing seen the de­lib­er­ate set­ting of fires in the prison, who made the de­ci­sion to move pris­on­ers into the Prison Of­fi­cers Club which was then sub­se­quently set on fire and de­stroyed?

xvii) Why was the move­ment of pris­on­ers on the night of July 9th car­ried out in such a reck­less, dis­or­ga­nized and un­co­or­di­nated man­ner ?

xviii) Could the gov­ern­ment state how many fire­men and trucks, po­lice and GDF of­fi­cers and ranks in­clud­ing the SWAT, TSU and Riot Squad were called out and were phys­i­cally present that night?

BE IT RE­SOLVED that the Na­tional As­sem­bly calls on the gov­ern­ment in ac­cor­dance with ar­ti­cle 106 (2) of the Guyana Con­sti­tu­tion to ac­cept col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity to this House for these re­peated events at the pris­ons of Guyana;

BE IT FUR­THER RE­SOLVED that the Na­tional As­sem­bly calls on the gov­ern­ment to make a make a full disclosure of all as­pects of the de­plorable tragedy at the City Jail on July 9th 2017, and to de­clare what ac­tions are be­ing taken to re­duce the op­por­tu­ni­ties for such sit­u­a­tions from re-oc­cur­ring;

BE IT FUR­THER RE­SOLVED that this Na­tional As­sem­bly calls on the gov­ern­ment to give full disclosure with re­gard to the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the most re­cent es­capees of July 24th;

BE IT FUR­THER RE­SOLVED that this Na­tional As­sem­bly calls for the full disclosure of all as­pects of loss of 17 lives and de­struc­tion of prop­erty that oc­curred there at the same Prison in March 2016

BE IT FUR­THER RE­SOLVED that this Na­tional As­sem­bly lends its sup­port to the Dis­ci­plined Forces to en­sure pub­lic safety and the re­cap­ture of all the es­capees and the pro­tec­tion of our cit­i­zens;

Bishop Juan Edghill Anil Nand­lall

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