The Opposition Peoples Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) has accused the Coalition Government of interfering with the work of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), something that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has denied.
At today’s sitting of the National Assembly, the Opposition questioned Government on their plans to address the high incidents of crime and at the same time accused the coalition administration of interfering with the day to day work of the GPF.
Former Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee posed the question to his successor Minister Ramjattan, who denied the allegation and went on to explain strategies implemented by the administration to reduce crime.
Ramjattan says notwithstanding the increase in robberies and rape cases, more people are also making reports, which is not a norm. He claims also that people are going forward to report matters because they have confidence in the police force and they know they can have the culprits caught.
But Rohee raised concerns over the fact that there is a lot more use of weapons which are getting into the hands of criminals daily. He said this has a direct impact on the level of crime that has been taking place in Guyana.
Ramjattan was not prepared to accept that argument and as such he said the Government is doing everything in its power to fight crime with the limited resources it has.
He claimed that there has been some level of success, although police figures and what happens on the ground daily tells a different story. (Samuel Sukhnandan)