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Top cop Seelall Persaud ordered to stay off job “in the public interest” as retirement nears

FLASH BACK: President David Granger and Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud

Police Commissioner, Seelall Persaud was Friday sent on leave “in the public interest”, ahead of his retirement at 55 years old five months from now.

The substantive top cop was due to resume duty on Friday at the end of four months of accumulated annualised leave.

Instead, he was sent a carefully worded letter by Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan on Thursday, telling him to stay home.

“It is the considered opinion of the administration that you should be and you are hereby directed to proceed on special leave with effect from November 24, 2017 until further notice,” Ramjattan said in the one sentence letter. Though the Public Security Minister’s letter refers to “your resumption of duty” it does not give a date.

Seelall will attain retirement age on April 18, 2018 bringing to an end a 33-year long career in policing.

Some observers believe that Cabinet is divided  on whether Seelall should be asked to resign or the constitutional clause  should be invoked for him to face disciplinary action for alleged infractions during a probe into an alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger.

Another option, observers noted, could be to allow Persaud to remain on the payroll until his age of retirement.

Ramjattan, who has already publicly stated that he has his own views about the findings and recommendations contained by the Commission of Inquiry into the alleged assassination plot, appeared to have avoided taking responsibility for instructing the Police Commissioner to stay off the job.

The lone sentence begins with “I am advised to inform you”. The Public Security Minister told the Police Commissioner that he wants him to proceed on special leave to allow the current management team to push ahead with a number of programmes. “I am advised to inform you that in the public interest and to allow for continuing initiatives and innovations being pursued by the Guyana Police Force’s temporary administration to be completed before your resumption of duty, it is the considered opinion of the administration that you should be and you are hereby directed to proceed on special leave with effect from November 24, 2017 until further notice”.

Assistant Police Commissioner (Administration), David Ramnarine is acting as Police Commissioner, while Assistant Commissioner, Paul Williams is acting Crime Chief. Assistant Police Commissioner, Clifton Hicken is responsible for Operations.

Unflattering references are contained in the Commission of Inquiry Report about substantive Crime Chief, Senior Superintendent, Wendell Blanhum, Ramnarine, Hicken and Persaud.

Persaud joined the Guyana Police Force on October 15, 1989. He was confirmed Police Commissioner in March, 2015 by then President, Donald Ramotar.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Appointed by the PPP; that is his crime.

    • Col123

      Ex dude..chap…we gat alyou in a carna…is rice and oil wid lil salt fuh alyou dinnah!….alyou belly gon mek music!

      • Faadaah Chrissmuss !

        colon looks like u sucking pnc leff leff,bun bun surwaah spouting dis nansense haay

      • ExPPP_Man

        This is why we had to mekk we self right. We can’t depend on all yuh fuh justice. Justice fuh all yuh means racism ; kill out all coolie. Guyana is fuh black man.

        • Col123

          Me a lef alyou own Jhaatie..means… pubic hair dude in alyou language …to deal with alyou

  • Yannick23

    This is the policy of the Coalition Govt now Agriculture so Seelall is going to plant katahar so if is bears he will reap katahar and if it doesn’t bear he will hold katahar. so with this Govt he will win both sides.

  • rs dasai

    Ha Ha Ha ? So what else is new?

  • Col123

    President Granger is on the right track getting rid of these Indian folks…they are useless like Naggie and Jhaatie whose time soon come….As soon as he gets total control with our bleck brothers at the helm of every nook and cranny of governing, he will be set for life in becoming the selected President for life, as the constitution will allow his eligibility to run for office over and over!…he got that GECOM thing in the bag also!

    • Faadaah Chrissmuss !

      colon dumboh it is d burnham rigged ferefendumb constitution
      wen puppet grainjah tekk ova wid all dem ole party hacks,quacks,stooges,crooks,croonies … he will nat nee helections = he can rule fuh life like little rocket man if d abc cuntries allow him to

    • rs dasai

      Col
      Have you heard that Prezzie promised Jaggie alternate President by rotation?

      • Col123

        Its a great day RS..in the sunshine….try mekking some pine apple wine bro….that other distill stuff cause too much hang ova!…that will not happen…you want naggie live in the outhouse? …

        • rs dasai

          Col
          I guess that Bushie stuff addled the brain. I now try red wine and club soda. But it is a good rumor.

          • Col123

            It takes just a little skill with the bushie…works well when you add dried fruit…better than the goose..

  • Col123

    Public servants …and also in private organizations in those capacity are on duty 24/7/365…that’s why the make the big bucks with perks…say something else that is funny…ier!

  • Col123

    Vic…so the chap made the laws in Guyana?…or is he supposed to enforce it …regardless!

  • Lunthas Lall (Sr)

    Oh yes. It would be a clever move if the DPP can be removed.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Even if he did, does that means he must resign ? The punishment must fit the crime. Basically he is a coolie man, least slip and boom he gone. If he was a black man he would forgiven. All you racist skunts