Rohee threatens legal action against Harmon


By Kurt Campbell

APNU's Executive Member, Joseph Harmon.
APNU’s Executive Member, Joseph Harmon.

[] – Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee on Monday (February 17) hinted his intention to take legal action against Opposition Member of Parliament Joseph Harmon over a public statement which according to Rohee sought to implicate him in drug trafficking activities.

Rohee told reporters, “I have seen on TV the statements made by Harmon and I intend to take it up with my lawyers… Harmon is not going to make statements like that and get away with it, I’m afraid I can’t accept that.”

Harmon said last week following revelations which linked local narco traffickers to international drug mafias that the investigation has been ongoing for more than two years and the Minister must have known the details of investigation “unless his along with his colleagues are subject of the investigation.”

He was at the time referring to earlier statements made by Rohee where he said he was awaiting a report on the matter and is hopeful that it will provide the Administration with information that will help to dismantle connections between foreign drug lords and Guyana.

Rohee on Monday said what is more disgusting is that members of the opposition continue to flaunt themselves around as if they are the only ones in Guyana who are serious about fighting drug trafficking.

“A lot of persons in this country are serious and they have been making contributions in that regard…we don’t expect a miracle and if the APNU assume the reins of power they will face the same challenges as this administration,” Rohee added.

He was at the time updating the media on a response from US Authorities following government’s request for information  they may have on local drug lords after news surfaced earlier in the week which pointed to a link between local narcotic traffickers and major international drug mafias.


Rohee said following the instruction of President Donald Ramotar, a note was dispatched through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday (February 13) to the US Embassy here in Guyana but there has been no response since.

According to him the administration is also contemplating dispatching a similar request to the Delegate of European Union in Guyana adding that the two have been cooperating with on drug enforcement matters.

Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira last week had said that the sharing of information between developed countries and those that are still developing (Guyana) has always been a challenge.




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