By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has taken President David Granger to task over comments he reportedly made last month to the effect that “no new crime wave has hit the country but rather, it is a continuation of what started following the 2002 jail break.”
General Secretary, Clement Rohee told a news conference on Monday, November 02, 2015 that the PPP is not in agreement with the President’s statement, while he referred to several crime related headlines which made the news in recent weeks.
According to Rohee, the recent criminal occurrences expose “the logical fallacy behind Granger’s claim that the country is not experiencing a new crime wave.”
“Mr. Granger’s explanation is pure, unadulterated semantics. It is disingenuous and must be exposed as an attempt to evade the issue. Mr. Granger appears to be labouring under the illusion that there is a difference between “crime wave” and high level of crime,” Rohee told reporters.
The General Secretary further noted that there is a “popular perception” that there is a crime wave in Guyana.
“That perception, if not reality, is based on reports that there is a sustained increase in the number of crimes committed in the country,” Rohee said.
Rohee, who is also a former Minister of Home Affairs under the PPP government, said that the APNU+AFC administration has failed “miserably.”
“Compounding the situation even more is the slew of non-reported crimes, which appears to be mounting, as a result of the lack of public confidence in the law enforcement agencies especially the Guyana Police Force.”
He chided the government for being silent on the implementation of the anti-crime plan, which was submitted months ago by the Commissioner of Police.