The inconsistent administration of justice
If Guyanese needed another chance to see how inconsistent the administration of justice is carried out in their country, then the manner in which the Guyana Police Force is handling the recent hit-and-run accident involving the Minister of Local Government Mr. Kellawan Lall provides a clear example.
The Minister was involved in an accident in which Mr. John July ended up nursing his wounds in a hospital. Unfortunately, the Guyana Police Force did not see it fit to immediately locate the minister involved in the accident, and who fled the scene, leaving poor Mr. July on his own that night on the road.
Instead of recognizing its glaring faux pas in refusing to track down the other party involved in the accident, the police commissioner Mr. Henry Greene decided to lay the blame for the accident squarely at the injured feet of Mr. July and company.
I find that the conduct of the Guyana Police Force in handling this case to be nothing less than unprofessional and sloppy. Had this accident taken place between two ordinary citizens (not that I find Kellawan Lall to be extraordinary), the police would have certainly pulled all the stops in locating the missing party and would have generally dealt with the entire issue quite differently.
Is it because one of the persons involved in the accident is a minister of the government that the police are afraid to act professionally? Is Mr. Henry Greene afraid to carry out the mandate of the Guyana Police Force without fear or favour? If not, then the serious charges that should follow persons, who remove themselves from the scene of an accident without even rendering assistance to the injured, should be immediately instituted.
There is no proof of either party being intoxicated when the accident occurred, because no breathalyzer test was done by the police. However the fact that the minister failed to render assistance to the injured person involved in the accident by fleeing the scene must be dealt with condignly by the Guyana Police Force.
Again, I will repeat, it is time for the President to rein in this obviously out of control minister who continues to embarrass him and his government through his poor conduct. The fact that the president is silent on this issue shows that he supports the continued misconduct of his comrade, a move that does not auger well for his role as Leader.