Rohee fires back at Backer’s ‘nuts and bolt man’ comment

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Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee.
Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee.

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee yesterday fired back at a comment from Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, A Partnership for National Unity’s Deborah Backer over a comment she made recently, regarding his stewardship of the security sector.

Backer was quoted recently by sections of the media as calling Rohee a “Nuts and Bolt man”.

Backer also accused Rohee of “micro management.”

However, in a strongly-worded letter to the press, Rohee said the accusations are not new to Ministers of the PPP/C Administration.

“And so long as the PNC remains in the Opposition so it will be,” he said.

Deputy Speaker, Deborah Backer.

Deputy Speaker, Deborah Backer.

“The more PNC MPs open their loud mouths, the more I am convinced that Guyana will become a “paradise lost” if they are ever to regain the seat of power (sic?)   We only have to cast our minds back to the 1964 to 1991 period to assess their track record in Government.  Will Granger and his acolytes do better?  Hardly likely, just look at their behaviour with their one-seat majority in National Assembly and make your own assessment.  As a matter of fact, just look at how they run the Georgetown Municipality and ask yourself; if they can’t run a Municipality how can they run a Government?

The loud mouths in the PNC have convinced themselves that only they can administer our country’s Security Sector.  That is why they are not approving a single Bill that is laid in National Assembly to bring improvements to the Security Sector under the PPP/C Administration.  It is not about Clement Rohee, it is about the Manhattan-size ego of Granger and his ilk,” Rohee said.

He said the PNC, having dug themselves into a hole they find it hard to extricate themselves from that very hole, “less they bring shame onto themselves.  Backer screams and shouts about “setting policies and dealing with the bigger issues.”

“How laughable!  Do they really want to listen to policies and bigger issues with respect to the Security Sector?  No way!  Who do they think they are fooling?

As far as Granger and his merry band is concerned, only under the PNC will the Security Sector improve.  They have all the answers!  They know it all!,” he said

“Regrettably, there is no one in the PPP/C who supports either the APNU or the AFC.  So Rohee or no Rohee both the AFC and APNU will have to await a change of Government to get their way in the Security Sector.  Moreover, Rohee or no Rohee at the Ministry of Home Affairs, the PNC will never change its stripes; they have never found acceptable any PPP/C Minister of Home Affairs.  In fact, they have never found the PPP/C an acceptable Government.  And that’s the bottom line,” Rohee added.

He said with all their “loud mouth and bad mouthing”, the PNC has never told the Nation what is their vision for the Security Sector in Guyana.

“I would therefore recommend to D. Backer instead of getting hot and bothered about me that she along with her acolytes go rejuvenate and  cleanse themselves of their unethical, corrupt and vote thieving past or  be condemned to the rubbish bin of history which according to Mr. V. Alexander will happen because “the political leadership does not seem to be listening enough,” he said.