“Granger is using security sector as a political football” – Home Affairs Ministry

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Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee and Leader of the Opposition, David Granger.

[www.inewsguyan.com] – The Home Affairs Ministry has accused Presidential Candidate for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition, David Granger of being “disingenuous” about issues concerning the security sector.

A release from the Ministry headed by Clement Rohee on Monday pointed to what it claims to be several misleading statements allegedly made by Granger.

“Mr David Granger is either blind or deaf. He has conveniently ignored… the significant investments and progress Government has made in the security sector. Mr Granger has obviously done so for political reasons. He has chosen once again to use the security sector as a political football,” a statement from the Ministry pointed out.

As it relates to the situation of piracy, the Ministry noted that it is a known fact that a Guyana Police Force marine floating base was commissioned to operate collaboratively with ranks of other Law Enforcement Agencies and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).

“This $49.9 million capital investment was complimented by the procurement of a boat imported from the US costing $71.4 million in addition to four new vessels built at a cost of $4.9 million. Government has consistently demonstrated its commitment to public safety and security and this is evident in capacity-building by way of training provided to the marine wing of the Force. It should also be noted that instances of piracy has dropped significantly within the past months,” the release stated.

Another point noted that recommendations from the Disciplined Services Commission are currently being implemented.

According to the release, “David Granger is entitled to his opinion, but not to his own facts in this matter. It is therefore disingenuous for him to pontificate and attempt to pronounce on any of the above issues in the manner that in which he is attempting to so do.”

Granger had recently noted that President Donald Ramotar’s recently proposed 15 point plan to address the security woes faced by Guyana are nothing more than “guidelines” and will not serve to turn the Guyana Police Force around.

Granger is convinced that the plan will not achieve much if implemented; pointing out that several reforms need to be put in place prior to the implementation of the guidelines.