By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Partnership for National Unity’s [APNU] Shadow Home Affairs and Former Commissioner of Police, Minister Winston Felix has expressed shock at an incident that occurred on Sunday, November, 02, where Parishioners at the St. Phillips Anglican Church in Georgetown were attacked and robbed by three young men who used BMX bicycles to escape, just before mass.
According to reports, a member who was in the church noticed a young man walking through the Church door with a gun in his hand and demanding that those present hand over all of their money and jewellery.
That young man was joined by two others armed with guns and the managed to rob the members of the church. None of the perpetrators were wearing masks. A taxi driver who was dropping off an elderly woman to the church was also robbed.
The rest of the sermon focused on the crime situation in the country.
At a press conference held at Congress Place today, Monday, November 03, Felix questioned: “how much longer Guyanese would have to endure this before steps are taken to improve the country’s security sector?”
He added that the police patrol is not equipped or adequately staffed with the manpower to patrol the city streets in order to prevent minor robberies that in some cases have led to the killing of hardworking Guyanese.
He highlighted several recent cases where persons were murdered during robberies. He believes this continues to occur because of the lack of resources that Government is providing to the Guyana Police Force.
“During this year, citizens have been killed while on their jobs in the streets of Georgetown, you remember the Patsan’s case; another citizen was killed while on his way to the bank with his wife a woman was killed in a robbery at her place of work and pirates continue to attack and rob fishermen…this state of affairs has been allowed to persist because of a PPP/C Government that has neglected to provide the Police Force that is equipped with resources that is effective to combat crime and criminality.”
He went on to say that Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee seems distracted with the business of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) and is mostly obsessing over the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), “but we are not hearing from him on the major issue which is crime.”
He also said the current administration is not providing the Force with the leadership and this needs to be done if the Force is to meet its peak and deliver to the people of Guyana.
“It is necessary first of all to address the issue of recruitment and training, it is necessary to look at remuneration package, it is necessary to probably revise the training programme for constables.”