No compromise on Clement Rohee’s resignation
…as protester calls for Police Commander to be placed before the Court
“If he gave the order then he is guilty; if he did not give the order then he has no control over the police force. Either way he should be removed from that portfolio immediately.”
This is the position of Dr. David Hinds, Senior Executive Member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA). He called yesterday for the immediate removal of the Minister of Home Affairs with responsibility for National Security, Clement Rohee.
Dr. David Hinds, is also calling for the political leaders to break off from talks at the tripartite level with the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic Government.
Dr. Hinds joined a peaceful picketing exercise staged by Red Thread and held outside Office of the President, yesterday, where he told this publication that the murders of the three Lindeners on Wednesday represent the last straw for Rohee.
Emphasizing that the breaking off of official talks by the opposition with the Government is a personal position, Dr. Hinds said that it is one that he is going to “argue publicly and inside the WPA…and if I get a chance inside the APNU.”
The WPA is a component of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and holds the deputy leadership in the person of its current leader Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine.
Dr. Hinds said that the WPA is currently engaged in discussions on “how we deal with the way forward.”
Dr. Hinds was adamant that the Guyana Government has signalled that it has no intention of engaging the Opposition in “an honest way…They are not interested in national unity…they are not interested in bringing some kind of a political solution…If they are not interested in doing that, then we should not engage them.”
He suggested that the strategy should be one where the political leaders break off all engagement with the administration and “we should engage the people and with the people on our side then we force them to come to the table to negotiate.”
Turning to preconditions for the way forward Dr. Hinds said, “Among the immediate things is not just the removal of the Commander, but the Commander should be disciplined…He should be brought before the Court and criminally charged,” said Dr. Hinds.
There are currently widespread allegations against the Divisional Commander as it relates to the shooting incident in Linden, and Rohee has since removed him from the Division.
Dr. Hinds says too, “We need very firmly and immediately to have a rescinding of that offending hike…That is my absolute precondition before we move forward on anything, that hike needs to be called off and the threat of that burden be removed.”
Turning his attention to Rohee, Dr. Hinds charged, “The Minister should be removed from that portfolio…No way he should be left there…If he gave the order then he is guilty. If he did not give the order then he has no control over the police force. Either way, he should be removed from that portfolio.”
Reminded of the numerous calls in the past for the resignation of Minister Rohee, Dr. Hinds told this publication that “in this instance three people are dead and several people are injured. That is the ultimate; that is the absolute.”
Dr. Hinds said, “Now if you can’t remove a Minister because of that, when murder is involved then we have reached the end of the line…It is not just the removal of the Minister we have to talk about now, we have to talk about removal of the government.”
The WPA Executive Member told this publication that failing to remove Rohee in this instance would signal to the populace that the Government “implicitly and explicitly” is in agreement with what is going on.
“We have reached the point where we have to call for the removal of this government and we have to mobilize for that in terms of a mass insurrection, in terms of bringing the government to a halt and to put in its place a government of national unity.
Dr. Hinds was adamant that the tripartite level meeting has the potential to be elevated into a true government of National Unity.
“Rather than the AFC and the APNU going to this place to sit down and talk, they will sit down all of them together in there and govern.”
Leader of the WPA Dr. Roopnarine also showed up at the Office of the President picketing exercise hosted by Red Thread and signaled that APNU’s message to Lindeners is to maintain the protest action.