[www.inewsguyana.com] – Secretary to the Defence Board, Dr Roger Luncheon today suggested that former Army Chief, Gary Best could leak sensitive information to the APNU+AFC coalition, which he has since endorsed.
Luncheon, at his post cabinet media briefing on Friday, April 24 further suggested that Commander in Chief, President Ramotar, would be looking to deal with the matter.
“The situation of a departing Chief of Staff, happily ensconced within the ranks of the Opposition is a reality the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces would have to address,” Luncheon told reporters at the Presidential Secretariat.
The incumbent PPP has been jittery about former Army officers joining the Opposition coalition and are especially skeptical of Gary Best, the very immediate past Chief of Staff, endorsing the coalition.
“I am totally, really, I am totally incapable of understanding how a current Commander in Chief, in the face of the reality that evolves today, with a most recent departed Chief of Staff consorting with the Opposition. What this portends for the future; Indeed, I can’t imagine it being of no impact,” Dr Luncheon stated.
He also suggested that that position of trust between the Chief of Staff of the Army could lead to Best comprising sensitive information.
“The engagement of trust between a Commander in Chief and the Chief of Staff of the military is based on trust; trust in the exact and current relationship, as well, as in its historical antecedence,” he said.
Recenty, current Army Chief Brigadier Mark Phillips said that former military officers “have the right to participate in the political activities of Guyana.”
He added that Guyana is still being governed by President Ramotar and is still the Commander in Chief of the military, “and in that regard, still has the right to give instructions to the military.”
Brigadier Phillips assured that the Army is a professional entity and its current operational decision-making is not influenced by ex-military officers.