‘Turn in your badges by Monday’ and other nonsensicalities in a farcical Guyana
The Commissioner of one of the most corrupt entities in Guyana, the Guyana Police Force, provided my daily humour on July 8, 2012. In this country of asininities, the Commissioner’s statement is one of the most foolish ever uttered on the issue of corruption.
A call for ranks to voluntarily resign because of corruption has to be right up there with the kind of inanities the PPP has provided us with as the entire country calls for strong measures to tackle corruption.
The Commissioner’s statement shows how infantile the GPF and PPP’s approach is to targeting corruption and how these two oceans of corruption must think the people in this country are a bunch of blithering idiots.
Does the GPF and the PPP think that making empty statements with nothing to back them up will fool the people of this country? The corrupt police force is not implementing any strong anti-corruption measures to combat corruption. It is implanting self-policing for the corrupt police force. More foolishness has not made the news in a long time.
Since when will those thieves, crooks and rogues in uniforms preying upon the nation walk away from the gravy train? They have to be investigated, prosecuted and kicked out of the forces with their badges snatched from their hands before they go to jail.
I did not hear anything from the Commissioner on upcoming hard, tough and unforgiving measures to combat corruption.
The police force became this corrupt monstrosity under the PNC. It grew even bigger under the PPP because criminality led by drug trafficking and gold smuggling achieved stratospheric proportions under the PPP rule and most powerfully during the Jagdeo reign.
The rise in the GPF corruption goes hand in hand with the potent rise of PPP corruption. The PPP cannot fix the GPF because it has no moral legitimacy and it is consumed with fear. Fear within the PPP has paralyzed its response to corruption within the army and police force.
This is why the armed forces which were seriously corrupt by 1992 have remained largely untouched and unchecked by the PPP. When the PPP had majorities for the past 19 years, it had the moral, legal and democratic justification to crack down on the GPF. Now in the throes of minority government, the fear is even greater and continues to trap the mice mimicking men in the PPP from acting against the police force.
Unless there is radical reform of the police force, there will be no serious change or challenge to corruption at the highest level where the nation loses the most. A corrupt force and the refusal to tackle corruption aids the corrupt PPP as it fears a clean, transparent and honest police force will crack down on the biggest thieves within the PPP fold.
So, the GPF will not be cleansed until the head of the animal, the PPP and its upper echelon, is cleansed. Thank you Mr. Commissioner for the comedic relief.