By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee has criticized the Guyana Police Force (GPF) for allegedly accepting interference from the political directorate of the country whilst such steps were rejected when he served as Home Affairs Minister.
Rohee at a press briefing on Monday, December 28, 2015 stated that several developments within the police force have led the PPP to the conclusion that there is political interference.
The PPP Leader pointed out that in the past the police force would have rejected all attempts to relocated the Headquarters for the E & F Divisions to Bartica, but now seemingly have no issue with the announcement of the relocation.
Rohee also stated that since Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan has to report to the Cabinet about the state of affairs of the Police Force on a weekly basis, it is more evidence of political intrusion by the APNU+AFC administration.
He indicated that former President, Donald Ramotar had put systems in place, including integrity screen for officers being promoted and the new Administration should make use of such.
“There has been no indication whether the Granger administration has taken up the mantle and has proceeded in that direction,” said Rohee.
He also claimed that the move by Ramjattan to dismiss Cecil Sullivan from a disciplinary authority within the Public Security Ministry places several investigations in limbo.
“Little or nothing is know about the number of disciplinary matters that have been before the Police Service Commission for some time now…Several disciplinary matters are before a disciplinary authority headed by former Senior Judge Cecil Sullivan,” said Rohee.
He said that Sullivan’s contract was terminated by Minister Ramjattan and as a result the work of the Authority ended prematurely thus placing in limbo all the disciplinary matters that were before Sullivan.
“A disciplinary matter concerning Assistant Commissioner David Ramnarine is among several matters slated for consideration…” said the PPP General Secretary.
Rohee is urging that promotions for persons with such matters be placed on hold until all considerations are complete.