Poor Leadership from Minister Rohee caused the Linden Martyrdom
History and experience have taught us that a responsible government must express a moral obligation to uphold values and rule with honor, dignity and fairness. This is the raison d’etre of elected governments. According to former Canadian Prime Minister Pearson, “There is an obligation not simply to observe the law but to act in a manner so scrupulous that it will bear the closest of public scrutiny. The conduct of the public business must be beyond question in terms of moral standards….”
Can Minister Rohee’s conduct in the run up to the killing of the Linden Martyrs by the police stand up to public scrutiny?
We observed from Minister Rohee that as head of the security sector, he has failed the people by breaching his responsibility to “serve and protect” them;
We observed from Minister Rohee serious mismanagement of his subordinates in the Police Force for which they are criminally responsible, while he is politically liable;
What we saw in Minister Rohee is a Minister so compromised that he is leading the charge to cover-up these brutal murders at the hand of goons of the minority Jagdeo/Ramotar PPP Government;
What we observe in Minister Rohee is a Minister who is unclear as to his ministerial duty and responsibilities and thus his “lame duck” attempt to explain away murder by his goons. From what we see, Minister Rohee can be classified as the new Rabbi Washington of House Israel.
What we gleaned from some of Minister Rohee’s recent statements is his inability to manage the Guyana Police Force and as such, he should resign now and not wait for the opposition’s no confidence vote in Parliament.
In ordinary use, the word ‘responsible’ means the agreement, whether spoken or otherwise, by which someone accepts the blame or credit for something done. This, however, has not been the case in Guyana where blatant wrongs have been committed against the poor and the working class by the Jagdeo/Ramotar minority regime and the Officer in Charge – Minister Rohee is trying to position excuse after excuse to divert the blame away from the PPP, rather than do the honourable thing – demit office.
As it stands now, even PPP supporters have condemned these murders by Rohee’s goons and proper statesmanship dictates that in order to preserve what is left of President Ramotar and the PPP credibility, Minister Rohee must GO!
If anyone is to do a survey of the people to ask if they trust the Police Force under Rohee’s leadership, the overwhelming answer will be a resounding NO. This is why the image and reputation of the police force is at its lowest level in recent years.
Lindeners have made it very clear that they prefer to be supervised by the soldiers rather than the police. How clearer can the message be or is it too complicated for a “goat” to understand? However, it is clear that the people of Linden have demanded respect that has been denied to them for more than a decade by the Jagdeo/Ramotar PPP regime.
Thus Minister Rohee arrogant, disdain and disregard for the will of the people of Linden must be acted upon by the majority opposition and someone has to pay for these horrendous slayings both criminally and politically.
Saying “I broke no law” or “I did nothing wrong or was not there” is not enough Minister Rohee. These childish excuses would only serve to further aggravate the tenuous situation at Linden.
A wrong has been done and you are responsible. So, “man-up” to the people and do justice to that institution called the Ministry of Home Affairs and make way for better leadership and stop foisting upon the people a sub-optimal option.
Dr Asquith Rose and Sasenarine Singh