By Kristen Macklingam
Although thousands of persons in Guyana had incredible and unforgettable moments during the country’s 50th Independence Day Anniversary celebrations yesterday, scores of law enforcement officials bemoaned the conditions under which they were forced to work.
INews understands that many of the ranks who operate under the Tactical Services Unit (TSU) over the past few days faced what they deem as “unfair” treatment by their seniors.
According to reports, the entire Guyana Police Force (GPF) had been “in line” as is part of their duties when historic and national events of such nature are being celebrated in Guyana.
However, the TSU ranks were not prepared for the meals which they had been served by the Force while they were on duty. A reliable source close to this Unit explained to this online publication that during the course of yesterday the “special Jubilee meal” which was provided to those hard working officers was basically a combination of rice, dhal and pepper.
When one rank refused to eat the food and complained about the meal they were being served it was allegedly recommended that he be ‘sanctioned’ for voicing his concern. In fact, that rank later refused to work on the road during the float parade because he was hungry and not physically capable of withstanding the long hours in the hot, blazing sun on an empty stomach. It was allegedly recommended once more that “he be charged”, said the source.
A police officer told INews that the treatment meted out to the ranks who were scheduled to be on duty at various points along the parade route was ‘unacceptable’ but that they still tried to execute their duties to the best of their abilities.
“The senior authorities know long in advance before yesterday that the Force would be in line…they had ample time to at least prepare a proper meal for us, I mean, we were working so many hours…they cannot expect us to function our best when we are hungry,” he contended.
Meanwhile, attempts today to contact the Public Security Ministry with regards to the above-mentioned allegations proved futile.