By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader David Granger has accused Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee of divorcing himself from reality when it comes to the crime situation in Guyana.
Granger had expressed similar sentiments stating that the security crisis (which exists in Guyana) has disproportionately hurt the poor.
In a response to these claims, Minister Rohee rejected the assertion by Granger. Rohee said there is no security crisis in the country and such crisis only exists in the heads of the APNU leaders.
The Ministry further rejected the characterization of the internal security situation as false, stating that current data does not support it.
According to the Ministry, the evidence shows that rather than poor families in homes, the primary victims of robberies committed in 2013 were young individuals, primarily males, walking in the streets, especially late in the nights and during the early hours of the mornings.
According to the statement, the primary valuables of which persons were robbed on the street were smart-cell phones (for example, black berries and Samsung galaxies), cash and jewellery.
“It is strongly suggestive, therefore, that such persons’ incomes must have been of such sum so as to at least render them capable of affording the purchase and upkeep of a smart-cell phone that range from GYD35,000 to GYD90,000 (black-berries), and GYD90,000 to GYD135,000 (Samsung galaxies).”
In response to this, Granger said “I don’t know which planet the person that said that lives on.” He maintains that the poor in Guyana are adversely affected by the crime situation.