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Granger defends decision to put brake on police promotions

The headquarters of the Guyana Police Force, Young Street, Eve Leary, Kingston, Georgetown.

President David Granger said that there have been many legitimate complaints by members of the Police Service Commission (PSC) and aggrieved police officers of abuse and malpractice in the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and it is precisely for this reason that he has asked for the promotion of police officers to be delayed.

“We are investigating the complaints, which have been made to us and we have asked the Police Service Commission to simply delay so that we can answer those queries and once those queries are satisfactorily answered we will proceed. It’s no intention on my part to impede the work of the Commission,” the President was quoted in a Ministry of the Presidency news release as saying

Speaking with the media at State House, the Head of State explained that his primary focus is the prevention of any further damage to the security sector. He noted too, that his Government cannot and will not ignore the complaints and evidence of injustices, which may have taken place.

In a letter dated June 26, Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon informed the PSC of President’s Granger request to hold the promotion of officers of the Force to allow for further scrutiny of the proposed list of ranks.

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“We are not trying to trample on the constitutional rights of the Commission but damage can be done if persons, who are not fit and proper, make decisions, which are injurious to public security. We want the constitutional Commission to function efficiently but that the same time we want to make sure that the public can depend on the decisions that come out of that Commission being in the best interest of the nation,” the President reiterated.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has since condemned the President’s move as unconstitutional because the Constitution of Guyana prohibits instruction from anyone or authority.

Shadow Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall has threatened to move to the High Court if the Minister of State does not rescind the letter before weekend.

The three-year life of the Police Service Commission ends on September 4, 2017.

The President’s request to the Commission comes at a time when a Commission of Inquiry into an alleged plot to assassinate him has revealed alleged and perceived shortcomings in the functioning of that law enforcement agency.

  • Emile_Mervin

    In the 4th paragraph, it says the President REQUESTED on June 26 to hold off promotion of police officers. Requested is different from directed, and some members of the Police Service Commission agree to the request.

    It is obvious that the COI into the plot to assassinate the President is not so much about the plot as much as it is about the manner in which it was handled, perhaps exposing a police force with a rift in the upper echelons.

    In Guyana, expediency is at war with the law.

    • Muhammad Raoof

      That “request” was tried and defeated once before…with the Public SC…found to be unconstitutional…

      NOW Grainger is trying again with the “request” … this time regarding the Police SC….

      • brain dead idiot

        WHAT CONSTITUTION R U SPEAKING OF THE ONE ON PAPER OR THE ONE IN GRANGER HEAD AM I LITTLE CONFUSE HERE .

    • rs dasai

      Emile.
      A ‘request’ from ‘The President’ is always a ‘directive’. Remember carefully.

      • Col123

        The Presi. used to be a General… that chap can only give orders… that request thingy and direct thingy means the same thingy as ordering when you are in charge…you can refuse if the order is illegal!.. ask Burch.. he knows Granger well… them used to be sqaddie..

      • Emile_Mervin

        In a dictatorship, the President can do anything. In a democracy of checks and balances, he is restricted or limited.

        The separation of powers doctrine, when practised in the spirit and letter of guiding laws, forbids the executive branch from running interference in constitutionally independent bodies, like the courts, the legislature, the service commissions, etc.

        The President can make a request, but not issue a directive, to the Police Service Commission, which request was honored by some members of the commission based on whatever the reasons the President offered up.

  • Muhammad Raoof

    Tony Cozier (RIP) would have called that an “injudicious” stroke that is going into the safe hands of the fielder in gully…..

  • cuffy

    Well done president Danger.

  • itmickey

    There are definitely more urgent matters for pressy’s attention I know…matters of bread and butter for the neglected sweeper/cleaners…imagine some of those cleaners would receive 7,000 for the month of august…they crying out fuh justice…if you hear them, they calling out the president who dey put out their now empty bellies for because he has become deaf to their cries and pleas for mercy and fair play, for equitable treatment, for a livable wage…these are the ppl who NEED the 50% increase on their salaries…gosh…this situation is angering…it hurtful and let me tell you they said under the previous administration they were better off cause a cabinet decision was taken to have them remunerated to a higher level…sometime workers like these are taken for granted…come 2020 granger and the boyz them going kick brick again…load of people talking bout that ‘promises are for fools’.

    Mr. President, why did you reduce the sweeper/cleaners already meager wages…they have been shouting out your name for more than a week now, protesting your treatment of them..but like everybody say your head in the clouds (to put it mildly) distant from the realities in the country…or maybe like they say ‘if you ignore a matter long enough it might go away’…they might eventually go away but remember 2020 coming…you going get nightmares about 2020 that you would not be able to wake up from…

  • Col123

    The Presi is correct… them boys learn to steal and beg fuh money over the last twenty three years Time to root them out as we need to stop the gyam fyah mode and do some governing..somebody nah got the memo that we in powa now..

  • Col123

    You like them dictatorial massa type bro …… in the genes eh!.. you must be them Osu caste type … me Mandingo grandfather told me about alyou