Minister Rohee confirms speaking to Commander Hicken – after the Linden shooting
Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee has clarified that his conversation with Senior Superintendent of Police Clifton Hicken was conducted after the shooting that occurred on the Mackenzie Bridge on July 18.
During an interview with the National Communications Network (NCN) Friday night, the Minister stated, “Yes we did make contact, I did have a conversation with him; most of the conversation was after the shooting took place on the Bridge.”
He said also said that, “If there was any contact before, well the records will show whether that was so or not but from my recollections most of the time when we spoke was after the incident took place so I don’t think there is need for any speculation to take place about whether the Minister was in touch…I was in touch with him and we did speak so I would like to put that to rest lest there be any speculation or suspicion that somebody is trying to cover up anything.”
The Minister also explained that he generally makes contact with persons below the level of the Commissioner as it pertains to him carrying out his roles and responsibility as Home Affairs Minister.
“I think also a question was raised about me making contact with persons below the Commissioner of Police. I do make contact from time to time with ranks below the Commissioner of Police particularly at the Commander level, Assistant Commissioner level. Very rarely I would speak to persons below the level of the Divisional Commander.
“There are many times I would call the Commissioner and he would not be available because of his responsibility and if he is not available then I would then go to the next level which is the Commander of the Division and if the Commander of the Division is not there then I would speak to the second. That’s the lowest I would go and I think all of this is a fulfillment of my responsibilities,” the Minister said.
The Commission of Inquiry into the Linden shooting had subpoenaed the telephone companies, Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GT&T) and Digicel, for the phone records for Minister Rohee and Commander Hicken for July 18 when the shootings took place, in face of the opposition peddling that Minister Rohee gave instructions to the police on the day in question.
The subpoenaed records confirmed, however, that calls between the two parties were exchanged some two hours after the shooting. (GINA)