Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, told the National Assembly on Wednesday night that the APNU/AFC government is very concerned about the crime situation in Guyana and is doing everything possible to reduce crime and getting “tremendous results” in doing so.
“We on this side (of the House) are also very concerned about crime and especially serious crimes. We too grieve for those deaths that have been as a result of robberies and murders of whatever type. We too grieve, our hearts bleed over here too, and so it is important to understand that,” Ramjattan said in response to a verbal roasting in the House from PPP/C Member of Parliament and former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee on the spiralling crime scourge currently plaguing the land.
Ramjattan was also reacting to a motion laid my Rohee in the House for the Government to report on all of the measures in place to tackle crime.
Minister Ramjattan advised the House that Government’s concern on the crime issue dates back to the days, while in the opposition.
“We over here have tremendous concerns and this concern was not as a result of being in government, but it was a long time there when we were on the opposite side and when on the opposite (side) we were seeing crime skyrocketing all across this country; but being the minister today, we are doing all that is possible, all that can be done in the circumstances and we are having tremendous results,” the Government Information Agency quoted Ramjattan as telling Members of the National Assembly
Minister Ramjattan in shutting down the motion, told the National Assembly a number of crime fighting initiatives have been streamlined, and put into action by the Government through the law enforcement agencies. The minister further stated that these initiatives have resulted in significant reduction in crime over the past months.
Improving the national security environment started some time back and the efforts are bringing fruit. For the period January 1 to April 30, 2016, Minister Ramjattan reported that Guyana recorded a 19 percent reduction in crime, compared to the corresponding period last year.