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Corentyne Chamber calls for army intel, foreign experts to assist “impotent” authorities in crime fight

The Central Corentyne Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Saturday called for  foreign experts and the Intelligence Branch of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to  team up and help police go after criminals in Berbice where “ruthless killers” have been attacking residents.

“Let the army put under surveillance known criminals and help the police to bring some semblance of order to this country,” said the business organization.

The CCC seized the opportunity to criticize the use of GDF intelligence agents to target law abiding citizens, in clear reference to army sergeant Robert Pyle who was killed in a road accident while chasing after Alana Seebarran and her brother because they erroneously had thought that they were members of the Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment (NICIL).

“It is indeed a travesty that the army intelligence officers are pursuing law abiding citizens in movie type chases instead of these criminals,”  the Chamber said in a statement.

Saying that the crime situation in Berbice was out of control and that criminals were being butchered  in their homes without any protection from the authorities , the Chamber said it would not demand that Khemraj Ramjattan resign from the post of Public Security as he had done when the People’s Progressive Party  Civic’s Clement Rohee was at the helm of the national security sector.

The Chamber  charged that Ramjattan and the government appeared “impotent to arrest the situation” and the time has come for government to seek foreign assistance  to among other things smash narco-trafficking rings.

“Go in the villages and towns and dismantle the local drug networks. We need results and not more plans from the Government. It is time to get international assistance in the form of specialist personnel and modern technology in intelligence gathering and more advanced and innovative policing,” said the Chamber.

The CCC said it was unimpressed by President David Granger merely dismissing the recent army action that resulted in three deaths on December 30, 2015. “We need an explanation why ordinary citizens were treated in this manner, especially given what we experienced in the seventies and eighties coupled with a recent announcement of the resuscitating of the People’s Militia,” said the business organization.

The Upper Corentyne Chamber of Commerce’s concern about the spate of crime came just hours after a businessman and his wife were killed during the pre-dawn hours of Saturday at their Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice residence. Three persons have since been arrested.

  • Dharamkumar02

    The crime situation in Guyana as a whole is worsening. I have appealed to the Coalition govt to ask for Foreign Assistance in the fight against crime. No one is safe anywhere in Guyana right now it seems. I know the Govt is trying, but I think they need to break this spate of drug violence. Most importantly, like I have always said do what President Hoyte did, HANG THEM HIGH. Do not wast time when they are caught and they are found guilty, let them face the ultimate, the NOOSE.

    • SYL

      Let the CCC find solutions and not only criticize . The local govt. election is a method to facilitate a local administrative autonomy, in all aspect of community life. Its micro-management for all aspects of the society.In the interim, let every one become a good neighbor , and assist the GPF by reporting suspicious actions. Hoping the GPF officers are honest .

      • Yes, we also do need decentralization of the police recruitment etc……you can’t recruit policemen from Georgetown and North west District and then send them to Berbice…… local knowledge is essential…..getting my drift!

      • Dharamkumar02

        Syl the only thing is that they will not be in any legal position to determine the fate of these criminals. Unless the Local Govt,unless when citizens in their jurisdiction put their hands on these criminals they will take the Law in their own hands, this I am 100% in favour with.

  • SYL

    The coalition govt. is only 8 months in office, its not easy to clean up 23 years of crime and vigilanty groups in each neighbor hood, let each neighbor become once again a real neighbor . If a neighbor don’t want to co-operate, then be careful that may be one of the bad ones.

    • Ah Nanimus

      What do you mean only 23 years? Home invasions started under the PNC! We used to call it “Kick down the door robbery”.

      • SYL

        Sir not getting into racism and politicizing this critical issue, if the proof is there for those culpable for crimes of yesteryear , be it politician, or ordinary citizens, and the statue of limitation allows for prosecution, then let it be so.The facts are surfacing now that not Indian Guyanese, or African Guyanese have committed infractions of criminal nature, but Guyanese of the last govt. Once the PNC group, PPP group, and the coalition group, of crooked Guyanese are found in Criminal activities, let the law be applied. Clean the place like Singapore.

        • Ah Nanimus

          By your use of “23 years” it showed your bias.

      • dezetante

        If the PPP / C could ot have curbed what “we used to call it” “kick down doors” during their 23years reign how do you expect an 8 months old government to do it?

        • Ah Nanimus

          ????? LOL.

        • Dharamkumar02

          Dez he is only making himself an Ass.

      • Dharamkumar02

        It was President Hoyte who put a stop on it you die hard useless PPPite. He Hoyte hang them and ordered to shoot and kill all criminals. What happened you have a selective memory.

        • Ah Nanimus

          It never stopped, you useful PNCite!

          • Dharamkumar02

            It never stopped you idiot because it permanently formed and settled for the worse by the use of Coke and other drugs under the 23 years of the PPP in Govt who was connected with Drug Lords Sir. By the way I am not a PNCite, I am a true and selfless Guyanese hoping and praying for the good life for all of Guyana.

          • Ah Nanimus

            You sound like you are a frequent user of the same coke and drugs you’re mentioning. You’re crass and crude and sound like you dropped out of school. Wipe that spittle from the corner of your mouth.
            Last year you used to post as Mohammed29, this year it’s Dharamkumar02, LOL.

    • The Viper

      Its very easy for pnc’ites to now say the last 23yrs.. but when the ppp were saying the last 28yrs, those same pnc’ites didn’t believe in “looking at the past”.. oh how times have changed…

      • Dharamkumar02

        Let me take this opportunity to let you know that you sound real Racist. Burnham was only 21 years, it was President Hoyte who gave you hope for 7 years and cleaned the crime situation for you to enjoy sanctity. The PPP 23 years dealt Guyanese a very deadly blow because of Drugs dealers. Let it be known that it is the Drugs that are now being used by these criminals make them commit such serious and feared Offenses such as these killings. So the PPP is culpable of these crimes. They all should be jailed because it was under their tenure all these brutal crimes started. This 7 months old Coalition Govt is going to put an end to it. They are working on it.

        • The Viper

          Who am i a racist against dharamkumar?

          I pointed out a FACT about supporters of a political party and their supporters (or all races). If you associate pnc’ites with a particular race then that makes you the one thats racially profiling.

          As for this 7 month old coalition, its time to stop campaigning and start doing the jobs that they are handsomely paying their selves for.. alot of time has past and most of the administration’s cronies have gotten Cadillac jobs in this donkey cart economy… im waiting to see the “better life for all” unfold.

          • SYL

            Gentleman,/ GUYANESE, lets focus on the solution not on race etc. TIMING IS EVERYTHING. This govt. is trying to get everything in place, but it takes time , a house takes time to clean, how about a country, and its divided. I was informed that during the Hon. President Hoyte,tenor the crime rate had reduced greatly due to his “HANG THEM HIGH ” policy,This could be a solution again.

  • Ah Nanimus

    All gov’ts have shown that they are incapable of stemming this problem. The first basic step to solving this is the people must have guns legally to defend themselves. When that happens you’ll see how the bandits will think 20 times before breaking in to someone’s home. That coupled together with the foreign experts and the armed forces will make a real dent into this type of crime.

    REPEAL ALL STUPID GUN LAWS NOW!!

    • dezetante

      Where were your voices under the PPP / C regime? It is totally unacceptable for the joint forces to harass law abiding citizens and we must condemn such actions. The individual who ordered such actions must be held reslonsible

      • Ah Nanimus

        ????? LOL

  • SYL

    Valid point about the police deployment, however, it would be necessary to mix the group, with both police from out of the jurisdiction , and those that are familiar with the area, to avoid favoritism if only the PM are from the area of their residency, or birth. Kumar there is already foreign assistance, but not in the fore front.DEA and FBI are watching and taking notes, and informing the necessary agencies .

  • BeFair_SeeClear

    Amidst all the back and forth there is a glimmer of light…. Have Guyanese noticed that crimes are being solved faster under the new administration?
    This shows that they are on to something …. a clear contrast with the previous administration…We also see Guyanese are now able to vent / express their opinion freely without being fare-full of being gunned down or dismissed from their job because of political interference. We don’t have an AG calling and threatening who he can cause to loose their lives,,,we don’t have ministers slapping people for the fun of it ….our financial resources are not being squandered …there is more transparency ….let’s give the new government a chance and continue to support the police ….SEE something ….SAY something …that will curb the crime….
    We also see the PPP using their supporters in the various organisations to make the GOG look bad but lets give the government a chance…

    • rs dasai

      Baayo.
      You really should get your eyes and ears checked.

  • Col123

    We are in the “stop the fyah mode”….after “slow fyah,mo fyah, gyam fyah”…the sad thing is the embers and ashes remain…and it will be rekindled again and again for us in this “pit latrine” called Guyana (pit latrine is Freddie’s word…not mine

  • rs dasai

    The ‘fifth’ para?