President David Granger on Tuesday lashed back at People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) General Secretary Clement Rohee, who called for the immediate dismissal of Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, insisting that he will not let go of his Minister.
Rohee had insisted that Ramjattan is to be blamed for the deadly prison riot, and as such, again called for his immediate dismissal or resignation.
“Lying at the feet of Ramjattan and indeed the Granger Administration are 17, not three dead bodies,” Rohee told a news conference on Monday referring to when a No-Confidence Motion was passed against him, following the deaths of three individuals in the Linden unrest in 2012.
However, President Granger said what Rohee is calling for is nothing more than “absurd”, adding that the Minister who had been holding the same portfolio for almost a decade, did absolutely nothing to remedy the situation.
“Ramjattan is trying to clean up the mess we inherited nine months ago and the former Minister was the Minister of Home Affairs for nine years and he never did the things he is talking about now, so I don’t know how he can expect us in nine months to clean up the mess he encouraged for nine years,” the President said lashing back at the previous Administration.
“All the problems discovered had existed for decades… we are trying to put reforms in place to prevent a recurrence,” he noted.
Rohee had said that the current Administration came to power fooling the Guyanese electorate that it was most knowledgeable and best prepared to handle public safety and security in Guyana.
On that note, Rohee said the Camp Street Prison unrest shattered the myth that the current Administration was best equipped to manage the country’s security sector.
The former Minister also used the opportunity to admit that his Administration failed to leave behind a perfect system, but he indicated that the present Government now has to pick up from where the PPP/C left off.
In comparing the track records of the two Administrations, Rohee contended that his Government never presided over a riot of such magnitude as the one that recently took place which claimed the lives of 17 prisoners, and more than a dozen injured.