By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Presidential Candidate of the APNU+AFC coalition, retired Brigadier David Granger has issued an appeal to the disciplined services to vote in favour of the coalition as they prepare to cast their ballots on Saturday, May 02.
During an interview disseminated to media houses, which was conducted by Malika Ramsey on Thursday April 30, he noted that the country’s security forces are under significant pressures due to the rise in criminal and illegal activities throughout the country. As such, he believes that the disciplined services need greater improvements, better and adequate tools to carry out their duties more effectively.
“I would expect that when the service men and women go to vote, they will be thinking of their jobs, they will be thinking of their profession, thinking about how we can make Guyana safe when we have a government who has for the last 23 years has not given us tools to do the job.”
The former serviceman believes that it is the government who is failing the security forces of the country, pointing out that security is not a priority for the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) led administration.
“The government has received advice, information and recommendations not only from its local Disciplined Forces Commission but also the UK. There are about 15 reports pointing towards the improvement of our security which the government has simply thrown through the window.”
He cited an agreement which was signed between Guyana and the United Kingdom (UK) which was later reneged on by government. This agreement he noted would have seen over £3.7M going mainly towards the development of the police force.
Granger has given a timeframe of days that he will launch plans to make increases and improvements in the disciplined services sector.
“I have no doubt that within days of getting into office we will be bring about changes, we will be able to set up a commission to review their salaries, we will be able to determine based on studies that were conducted 11- 15 years ago what improvements need to be made, I am aware of some of the problems myself and I reckon that the servicemen could look forward to progress within days.”
He believes that the continued and recent verbal attacks by the PPP against the military will greatly impact the way they vote on Saturday.
He noted too that he is not afraid of how the servicemen will vote, but called on them not to be distracted by the continued verbal attack they are enduring.