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Ramjattan says no need to resign due to violent crimes

President David Granger and Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud

President David Granger and Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud

Amid calls for President David Granger to remove Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud due to numerous incidents of violent crime, the minister said he would not be moved.

“That’s the right of a citizen under this democracy…Ramjattan is not doing a good job, they could call for his resignation but I have the confidence of the President and I have the confidence of the National Assembly and I think the statistics will prove that we have brought down the crime situation,” the Public Security Minister told Demerara Waves Online News.

President David Granger said, with the strengthening of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Guyana Police Force, reduced crime rates and the capture of perpetrators not long after crimes have been committed, “I am very confident that we are winning the battle.”

The Public Security Minister has been quoted by the Government Information Agency (GINA) as telling the National Assembly that for the period January 1 to April 30, 2016, Guyana recorded a 19 percent reduction in crime, compared to the corresponding period last year.

Among those calling for Ramjattan and Persaud’s removal is Retired Lieuenant Colonel, George Gomes who is a staunch supporter of the President Granger-led coalition administration. Writing recently in the Kaieteur News newspaper,  Gomes said Ramjattan was unfit to be Public Security Minister, despite provisions of the Cummingsburg Accord between the Alliance For Change and A Partnership for National Unity that the AFC would control public security. “While I understand the provisions of the Cummingsburg Accord, Mr. President, I urge you to consider removing both Mr. Ramjattan and the Commissioner of Police from their respective appointments, before the crime situation escalates to a catastrophe and brings your government down,” said Gomes. He charged that there was no macro plan or proactive approach to crime fighting, leaving anyone with a gun emboldened to commit robberies. Gomes argued that there was a lack of visionary leadership at the ministry and the police force and so Ramjattan should be shuffled to a ministry where his qualifications are more suitable.

Reacting to those calls, President Granger said crime has been statistically reduced now compared to the first quarter of 2015 and more perpetrators are being caught shortly after, no reports of piracy since the commencement of aerial patrols, and lower rates of rapes and armed robberies.  “We can’t prevent interpersonal violence but you read the papers, sometimes between 72 and 96 hours, the culprit is found and brought before the courts and this is the first time it has been happening so effectively ,” he said.

Latest figures also show that as it relates to crimes for the first quarter of this year, there was a nine percent reduction each in reports of murder and gun-related robberies; eight percent decrease in armed robberies; 38 percent decrease in robberies with violence; 38 percent decrease in robberies with aggravation; 18 percent decrease in rape; and 22 percent decrease in break and enter and larceny.

  • BeFair_SeeClear

    I’ll say numbers don’t lie…I am a strong supporter of empirical data once they have not been skewed.
    What the media and Government need to do is report more often on the data while keeping it real which they must be commended for doing at the moment.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Is George Gomes angling for the job of either Public Security Minister or Police Commissioner, displacing Ramjattan or Seepersaud? I can only hope it is not an army thing or race thing.

    IMHO, the crime situation requires a short-term comprehensive crime fighting strategy, but a long-term jobs creation plan. Ergo, it is a political decision that starts with the President.

    Many of today’s street criminals (as well as those incarcerated) are males, 18 to 35 years. With Guyana having a 40% youth unemployment rate (highest in the Caribbean), there is an urgent need to address this sore issue or Guyana will continue to deal with criminal elements.

    As for ordinary Guyanese, statistics don’t mean anything if they feel unsafe or insecure. And this is why people like Gomes need to ask what happened to the high-powered meeting months ago between the army and police brass on crime fighting strategies that called for Joint Services patrols? Ramjattan is Public Security Minister, not National Security Minister, so someone other than Ramjattan has to make the call to release soldiers to patrol with cops.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Two East Indians must go, that is what really Gomes is saying. This is a tough pill for many to swallow, so much black people in the joint services and they have 2 Coolie AT the helm of the police force ? Shame on the PNC.

    • Col123

      Gomes is correct…Get rid of these moochers…What does race have to do with this?…crime is a disease…

    • SYL

      Be objective leave the race card out ! Note its a coalition of races which Guyana is for a long time. ROME WAS NOT BUILT IN A DAY! While effecting change , there would always be obstacles , so let patience, tolerance and good judgement be the defining factors. If the method of the Arabs nations and the Cubans cannot be implemented, then the course shall have to be long as it is now , in order to solve the crime situation.

      • george wiltshire

        I think that there should be a new prison to accommodate the influx.

  • Lancelot Brassington

    Mr. Gomes, if they move Ramjattan another AFC man will have to take his place because it was agreed that that portfolio would go to the AFC. The accord has to be respected budday. Secondly, army men are not ideally suited for the oversight of crime fighting and policing because they are conditioned towards the use of lethal force and not towards diligent investigative work. At any rate, the police seem to be solving quite a few cases of recent.
    Next time raise such matters in chambers.

    • Amenhotep

      Fighting crime requires solid logistical support, and the police department is ill equipped to be effective. The government needs to invest in a good 911 system, along with radio communication systems for the officers, patrol cars, and a tactical operating system. Move passport and traffic to independent entities, along with driver’s licensing, vehicle inspection. Go back to the days of street patrols on foot, and support them with patrol cars. Crime fighting is not just for CID, but the intire force.

    • george wiltshire

      What is bro Gomes take on the action of Bro Harmon? I see crime is under attack. Perpetrators are being caught. Such will cause persons to think twice before committing a crime eventually. Unlike the former times when crime was an asset. One person is being accused of an act omission while the other is an act of commission. What is bro Gomes take on the Harmonsaga.

  • george wiltshire

    Let us keep in prayer a d we will see the salvation of JESUS in the land of the living.