PPP accuses Gov’t of misusing security forces for political purposes

Last Updated on Monday, 4 January 2016, 12:58 by Denis Chabrol

General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee says that the APNU+AFC administration owes the country an explanation into the apparent misuse of Guyana’s security forces for political reasons.

This is after a Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Intelligence

GDF Intelligence Officer, Robert Pyle.

GDF Intelligence Officer, Robert Pyle.

Officer Robert Pyle was recently involved in a fatal accident that left both him and his wife dead.

After the accident reports had surfaced to the effect that Pyle was on a covert surveillance mission. There has been no clarity as to whether the Officer was conducting surveillance on the children of Winston Brassington or the wife of PPP Parliamentarian Charles Ramson Junior.

Rohee at a press conference on Monday said that the revelations reek of an impending return to the Burnham era where the security forces were allegedly misused to spy on civilians and political opponents of the then regime.

“This particular incident has raised questions about a return to the Burnham era,” said the Leader of the PPP.

Rohee also questioned why is it that the Officer was accompanied by his wife while conducting official duties for the GDF.

“This particular incident is a clear example of the reckless misuse of the security” regime for political purposes,” stated Rohee adding that it is an “ominous sign of things to come.”

Rohee wants the government to issue a public statement explaining these circumstances. He also wants an explanation into who is giving ‘political directions’ to the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU).