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Procurement Committee to certify arms purchases for police, army

The Guyana government is moving to streamline the procedure for importing arms and ammunition for the police and army, with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan heading a procurement committee.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon told a news conference on that the National Security Committee decided that the committee would “look at the procurement of arms for the disciplined services so that any further purchases of arms and ammunition will be certified by that body.”

He said that future arms purchases for the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Police Force would be certified by the Ramjattan-led Procurement Committee.

Harmon said the purchase of arms has been deferred to allow the Ramjattan-headed committee to conduct its own checks.

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said more information has been sought about an arms supplier in relation to memorandum for the purchase of the arms.

Trotman confirmed that city businessman, Lawrence “Larry” Singh has been supplying weapons to the Guyana Defence Force on a sole-sourcing basis to ensure confidentiality of information since the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) administration. Trotman said that relationship would be reviewed.

Singh has been also importing weapons for security entities at major gold mines.

  • rudeo

    what is new since may 11 2015?

    • Col123

      We are (1) prepping for the invasion from both borders…(99) ..banditry now fall under the category of self employed..(100). Oil
      is God..now fill in # 2 to 98….that’s new..

  • Col123

    “Guyana needs to wake up”…you are kidding !..Our Brig. General is the doing a great job…BTW.. that is not unusual within “the military industrial complex “..so don’t blow a vessel… now, if the problem you have with Leroy sing, that is another issue…. but the sing guy gave money to the PNC at election time…as the saying goes..you wipe mine and I will kiss yours…

  • Col123

    Point taken..your tone is much softer/smoother..I have that noted…

  • rs dasai

    Reason
    All (?) weapons dealers are civilians. No?

    • Reason

      You’re a tad late. My response was geared more towards “sole sourcing.”