Military discipline in a democracy
In this democratic state of Guyana, the role of the military is well defined in our constitution and all ranks, as per training, are therefore au-fait with its specific and relevant clauses.
In the past, prior to the alleged restoration of democracy in 1992, the military’s role was seen by many, as being somehow entrenched in the political policies of the regime in power.
It is now strongly felt in various quarters that this government, having been in power for the 17 years, should have been successful in implementing a high-scaled code of discipline in respect to the military.
Today, as we focus our attention on the alleged robbery committed on a mining camp by military personnel, we are now left to wonder as to whether the safety of our small population is now in serious jeopardy.
Is the role of our protectors being reversed? Surely, this development does not auger well for the many law abiding citizens of this country.
Miners working in the interior often times face adverse conditions in the course of earning a living for their respective families. Hence, depriving them of their earnings may very well lead to a change to crime.
On another level, information pertaining to criminal activities in the interior may not now be so much forthcoming. Presently, much has to be done to create an enhancement in the area of public confidence, and the rigid enforcement of discipline is now the only means of salvation that remains.
By so doing, the military image will be one of a friend and protector.
Ronald Alexander Drakes