– Dr Luncheon
Head of the Presidential Secretariat yesterday confirmed to media operatives that the United States of America’s Southern Command has volunteered its services as it relates to the fire investigations of the burnt out historic building that housed the Ministry of Health. The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), located in Miami, Florida, is one of ten unified Combatant Commands (COCOMs) in the US Department of Defense and is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation for Central and South America, the Caribbean.
SOUTHCOM is a joint command comprised of more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and several other federal agencies.
The services provide SOUTHCOM with component commands which, along with our Joint Special Operations component, two Joint Task Forces, one Joint Interagency Task Force, and Security Assistance Offices, perform SOUTHCOM missions and security cooperation activities. SOUTHCOM exercises its COCOM authority through the commanders of its components, Joint Task Forces/Joint Interagency Task Force, and Security Assistance Organizations.
Dr Luncheon also reported that the Fire Department will complete and submit their aspect of the investigations which will be handed over to the police and when the police is completed with the local it will be declared no longer a crime scene and as such has been handed over to the authorities.
He however did not reveal any of the preliminary findings of the fire service report that was handed over to the police adding that there will have to be a comprehensive report compiled with input from both entities.
This he said was not completed as yet but the administration was not too keen on forcing a time line for completion of the investigation adding that he personally has always been of the opinion that the investigative organs should be given time to effectively conduct their investigations.
The Ministry of Health on Brickdam went up in flames in the dead of the night last week Friday and the Head of State has since offered $25M reward for the suspected arsonist given that several Molotov Cocktails (Channa Bombs) were recovered from the scene in the aftermath.
The health minister has since denounced the fire as an act of terrorism.
He told media operatives that while the attack is clearly a criminal case of arson, it is in fact despicable. He said that it is shocking and shameful that anyone would have selected the Ministry for such an expression of terrorism.
“Guyana can ill-afford such terrorist acts. And as the Minister of Health and as a citizen of this country, I deplore such actions and I would ask all Guyanese to join me in expressing our disapproval of such tactics. Whatever makes people angry, terrorism is not an option,” warned the Minister.
He pointed out that the effort by persons to address their concerns through destruction of a health facility is the worst thing that anyone could think of. “I stand by my words, that this must be the action of warped minds, people who don’t belong in the realm of human togetherness.
These are people who need to be arrested, people who need to be charged and people who on conviction should be locked away.”
According to the Minister, he could only express anger that person or persons had chosen his Ministry for such an attack.
Following the attack on the Health Ministry two other bottles containing chickpeas, nails and a wick were discovered at a section of the Ministry of Hydraulics and Public Works.
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