People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Clement Rohee during a media briefing today stated that the prison reforms initiated under the PPP/C administration are ‘unmatched in the history of the Prison Service’ and augurs well for the future, once they are at not jettisoned by the APNU+AFC Coalition Administration.
“The recent riot at the Georgetown Prison which resulted in the death of 17 prisoners and injuries to several others shattered the myth that the Granger Administration is best equipped to address the security situation in Guyana. The APNU+AFC Administration came to power fooling the Guyanese electorate that they are most knowledgeable and best prepared to handle public safety and security in Guyana,” Rohee stated.
In slamming the Government’s handling of the recent prison unrest, the General Secretary contended that the present Administration must look at all Prison locations across the country and not only focus on the Camp Street Prison.
“The informal, illegal networking among prisoners at the various locations is unimaginable and challenging, consequently they pose serious security risks to the country as a whole were they to be activated in a coordinated manner at the same time. The recent platitudes trotted out by President Granger about what his Administration is “considering”, “contemplating” to what is “needed” and what “we want” is not sufficient enough and seeks to throw dust in the yes of the Guyanese public. To prevent any re-occurrence of this type, the Granger Coalition Administration must pick up from where the PPP/C left off,” the PPP General Secretary posited.
He explained that the blueprint is there for the APNU+AFC Government to examine carefully, and that it should also press ahead with implementation of the Strategic Plan for Prison reforms.
“But if there is one recommendation Mr. Granger has consciously overlooked it is the dismissal of Prakash Ramjattan as the Minister of Public Security of this country. Lying at the feet of Ramjattan and indeed the Granger Administration are 17, not three (3), dead bodies. Consequently…the Granger Administration must take full and collective responsibility for the deadly occurrence at the Georgetown Prison,” Rohee added.