Is President Ramotar comfortable with the man’s mediocrity?
The continuous clownish antics of the Home Affairs Minister leaves me wondering whether President Ramotar is comfortable with mediocrity in the manner of his predecessor. I am referring to his claim that former police commissioner Winston Felix is in possession of a radio communications set belonging to the police force.
Having made that allegation the minister should be called upon to explain what actions if any he has taken to recover said equipment. Since he seems to have knowledge of an irregularity then he would be equally guilty if official action has not been initiated to secure such an important piece of equipment.
In my unlearned opinion the first thing that should have been done by the minister after Felix’s retirement and while still on his professed learning curve was to ascertain from the succeeding commissioner the whereabouts of any radio allocated to Felix during his tenure as a senior police officer. I think that it is instructive that the minister did not direct the police to obtain a warrant to search the former commissioner’s home and to date has apparently not done so.
This is alarming in view of the proven propensity on the part of some government ministers to embarrass others even if they are themselves embarrassed in the process.
If we examine Felix’s claim that he overheard a police transmission and place it alongside personal experience we might inform ourselves of many times that we have we heard police transmissions from patrol vehicles and even in police stations.
When criminals are a jump ahead of the police the usual suspects for the passing of information are the hard working police ranks. No one seems to give any thought to the location of the communications sets and the information being transmitted when civilians are in the vicinity be it on the road or in a station making a report or giving a statement.
Mr. Rohee should be called upon to confirm that safeguards are in places which ensure the security of information passing through the police channels in vehicle and at stations. If he cannot give a guarantee then he should be asked to vacate the office and let Henry Greene become the new minister since he seems not to have had any crisis of confidence regarding that worthy.
President Ramotar needs to be reminded that sometimes loyalty like patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.