Opposition’s posture on Nat’l Security is absurd – Dr. Luncheon

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By Kurt Campbell

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon while pointing to the recently announced 5 percent increase Guyana has recorded for 2013 in serious crime, has once again dismissed as ‘absurd’ the Opposition’s posture on the Administration’s national security interventions.

The Cabinet Secretary was making reference to the opposition’s non-support for the Firearms Amendment Bill, which is aimed at strengthening local laws and conforming to international treaties and agreements in CARICOM.

The opposition rejected the Bill on the grounds that they had no confidence in the subject minister, Clement Rohee.

“In essence their rejection of Minister Rohee as a consequence continues to expose and punish Guyanese making them the victims their actions that vicariously embolden criminals” Dr. Luncheon added.

He said guns continue to be smuggled into the country through its porous borders and points of entry which can be proven by the many seizures Police and Criminal Anti-narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks have made. Dr. Luncheon recommends beefing up security at the points of entry and called for more emphasis and vigilance from law enforcement agencies.

He added that stemming from the recently held Defense Board Meeting the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and interventions will continue to come under intense scrutiny.

He told reporters that concerns were raised in relation to the Criminal Justice System, particularly the aspects dealing with the right to bail.

“It is incontrovertible that offenders on bail continue to prey on innocent Guyanese at home at work and elsewhere” he said, adding that “It is equally true that prosecution is slow and the remanded prisoners list keeps growing.”

Dr. Luncheon added that the while the right to bail is assured by law; people also have the right to enjoy their lives and to be safeguarded from the onslaught of armed criminals.

Only last week the police indicated that there has been an overall increase of 5 increase in serious crimes at the end of September 2013 when compared to the same period in 2012.

Additionally, at the end of September 2013 robbery under arms has increased by 6 percent, with 798 reports compared to 751 for the same period in 2012, which according to Dr. Luncheon the Commissioner of Police identified as contributing significantly to the increase in crime.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon while pointing to the recently announced 5 percent increase Guyana has recorded for 2013 in serious crime, has once again dismissed as ‘absurd’ the Opposition’s posture on the Administration’s national security interventions.

The Cabinet Secretary was making reference to the opposition’s non-support for the Firearms Amendment Bill, which is aimed at strengthening local laws and conforming to international treaties and agreements in CARICOM.

The opposition rejected the Bill on the grounds that they had no confidence in the subject minister, Clement Rohee.

“In essence their rejection of Minister Rohee as a consequence continues to expose and punish Guyanese making them the victims their actions that vicariously embolden criminals” Dr. Luncheon added.

He said guns continue to be smuggled into the country through its porous borders and points of entry which can be proven by the many seizures Police and Criminal Anti-narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks have made. Dr. Luncheon recommends beefing up security at the points of entry and called for more emphasis and vigilance from law enforcement agencies.

He added that stemming from the recently held Defense Board Meeting the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies and interventions will continue to come under intense scrutiny.

He told reporters that concerns were raised in relation to the Criminal Justice System, particularly the aspects dealing with the right to bail.

“It is incontrovertible that offenders on bail continue to prey on innocent Guyanese at home at work and elsewhere” he said, adding that “It is equally true that prosecution is slow and the remanded prisoners list keeps growing.”

Dr. Luncheon added that the while the right to bail is assured by law; people also have the right to enjoy their lives and to be safeguarded from the onslaught of armed criminals.

Only last week the police indicated that there has been an overall increase of 5 increase in serious crimes at the end of September 2013 when compared to the same period in 2012.

Additionally, at the end of September 2013 robbery under arms has increased by 6 percent, with 798 reports compared to 751 for the same period in 2012, which according to Dr. Luncheon the Commissioner of Police identified as contributing significantly to the increase in crime.

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