[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Alliance for Change (AFC) believes that Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee is adding to the increase crime situation by not resigning from his position.
This is according to Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan, who at a press conference today, Wednesday September 18 told reporters that there is no proper stewardship on the part of Rohee in guiding the security sector of the country.
“Mr. Clement Rohee’s stewardship has not been to any maximal effect as positive, as a matter of fact, we feel it has in a large measure, what is also causing the difficulties we’re having in this sector. We maintain that in accordance with a no confidence motion that Mr. Clement Rohee must go,” Ramjattan said.
The AFC leader further noted, “There is no leadership being given by him so that he can inspire policemen to become professionals.” Earlier this week, the ruling Peoples Progressive Party blamed the Opposition for the upsurge in crime on the basis that they did not support key security Bills, including the Firearm Amendment Bill which was tabled in the National Assembly by Minister Rohee.
In this regard, the AFC do not believe that their non support of this Bill is the cause for the increased crime. As a matter of fact, Ramjattan said that the AFC will continue to reject any Bill that is tabled by Rohee
“Whenever he gets up to pass any Bill, we are not going to pass it,” the AFC Leader said, adding that this action will continue until Rohee steps down. Meanwhile, he also noted that several recommendations need to be implemented in the Guyana Police Force, in order to tackle the issue of crime. These recommendations include seeking the assistance of overseas personnel to train police officers in the area of crime intelligence.
“…assist the police force and its entire system and networks with what is called some overseas personnel to bring the Guyana Police Force up to scratch with modern intelligent policing rather than just go beat up people and get confessions out of them as is the norm. We want intelligent smart policing and this can be done. A brighter police force can catch politicians, ministers and senior government officials,” Ramjattan said.
He also explained that the salaries of police officers need to be increased.