So why gun for Minister Rohee’s head?
I have been following the calls by members of the opposition parties for the immediate removal of Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, from his portfolio. This is, to my mind, is unjust and unfair.
To begin with, I’m no Clement Rohee’s fan or sympathiser because most of the times he opens his mouth, his utterances cause but laughter. However, the call to have the Minister leave his office is not the ideal thing to do at this time, taking into consideration that until now it cannot be proven that the subject Minister gave the orders directly or indirectly to open fire on the protesters in Linden.
A Commission of Inquiry is being set up and I am positively sure that if at some point the Minister gave instructions to the Police in Linden, then during the inquiry it will be revealed. If that happens, then I will also be among the first set of persons to call for the resignation of Minister Rohee.
Looking at an interview on NCN with the Minister a few Sundays ago he made it pellucidly clear that at no time did he or anyone from his office issued orders to the police in Linden.
It must be noted that involved is APNU’s Winston Felix who happens to be one of the advocates against the Minister remaining in office and also who was the Commissioner of Police of the Guyana Police Force at the time of the Agricola massacre. It is the same Winston Felix and his APNU buddy, Basil Williams, who were allegedly caught during a telephone conversation trying to implicate an innocent woman. And let us not forget it is the same Winston Felix whose name was mentioned along with Edward Collins, former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, by Selwyn Vaughn, an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Agency implicating the two of assisting to remove the bodies of some of the slain sugar workers in the Buxton back lands commonly referred to as the “Gulf”.
But, despite the aforementioned there will never be calls by the Grangers, Hughes or the Hinds or the other political activists who on a daily basis would picket the office of Minister Rohee asking that he demits office.
I’m almost sure that there will be no calls seeking the likes of Mr. Felix or his APNU buddies whose names were fingered in some very startling revelations to be hauled in front a Commission of Inquiry to answer questions about their role and knowledge during the crime wave etc.
Remember, it is the same Winston Felix that said those famous words “hold me accountable for whatever happens during my tenure”. Yes, it is the same Winston Felix who publicly stated that the reason why he instructed his ranks to standby at the Ruimveldt Police Station during the Agricola massacre was because if they were to confront the gunmen, there would have been civilian casualties. While that explanation maybe have been believed at that time, now that there are certain revelations coming out during the Shaheed “Roger” Khan’s trial, the question is did Winston Felix really had the thoughts of civilian casualties in mind or was it a delayed tactic employed by him…?
What would be great is for the Government to also hold inquests also on the Buxton crime spree and the Lusignan and Bartica massacres. I’m certain that the names and supporters of these criminal gangs that would have committed these heinous crimes would be revealed.
Some of the instigators and supporters of the so-called freedom fighters are walking around the place giving people the impression that they are angels. My advice to Minister Rohee is to keep your mouth shut. Whatever you have to say, do it before the Commission of Inquiry.
God bless and look over our country because we dearly need you, Lord.