By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President David Granger is not taking too kindly remarks made by his predecessor Donald Ramotar that he should call out the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to get on top of Guyana’s crime situation.
“During the PPP/C period in Office, the Army was called out to do joint patrols with the police in times of heightened criminal activities that worked well. During the holiday season, the PPP/C administration had a programme where the army and police had joint patrols between November 15 to January 15 to minimize the crimes in the country,” said Ramotar in a social media post.
The President, when questioned by media operatives, fired back at Ramotar, saying he is in no position to be offering advice to the Commander – in – Chief.
“I believe that Mr Ramotar as a former Head of State should not comment on current political activities. As Commander – in – Chief, as Minister of Defence – I have given instruction to the Army,” said President Granger adding “I think the best thing would be for Mr Ramotar not to interfere in the way the Guyana Defence Force is being administered.”
When asked whether he would be willing to set up a joint service initiative, the President stated that the decisions that he has taken thus far are yielding results and is in the best interest of Guyana.
“I am fully aware of what needs to be done with the defence situation that Guyana finds itself in at present and also the crime situation and I have given instructions both to the police and the Defence Force. I am well advised and confident that my instructions are in the best interest of the nation,” said Granger.
Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force came in for due recognition and praise from the President for their recent efforts of handling the crime situation in Guyana.
“I am seeing a lot more criminals being arrested very soon after the commission of the events, I am seeing greater response from the CID and I am very satisfied with that.”