By Leroy Smith
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of State, Brigadier David Granger has given the assurance that he is not interfering in the realm of Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud since the Top Cop has the powers to effect transfers in the organization.
President Granger however confirmed that he did speak with Commissioner Persaud personally and requested that he put a hold on the transfers of some named senior police ranks until the Minister Designate is appointed.
Recently, several senior police officers received letters informing them that they would be taking up posts in other divisions with immediate effect. The move came following the removal of Assistant Commissioner Brian Joseph for “B” Division who is now heading the Presidential Guard Service, which is supported by Senior Superintendent Linden Alves.
“What I asked him to do is to give us a few hours to allow the designated minister for public security to take office, that’s all. I did not give an instruction. I said in fairness to the incoming Minister he should be aware of the changes which are taking place,” President Granger told journalists.
Among those who received letters are Assistant Commissioners Christopher Griffith, Marlon Chapman and Leslie James along with Senior Superintendents Errol Watts, Whitney Bacchus, Wendell Blanhum and Steven Mansell.
President Granger confirmed that the Post of Minister of National Security is one that will be filed by a nominee from the Alliance for Change; tipped for the position is Khemraj Ramjattan.