– Rohee dismisses statement as politicking
The main opposition party, the People’s National Congress Reform is calling on the Commissioner of Police and the Minister of Home Affairs to demonstrate their commitment and bring to justice the perpetrators of all crimes.
The party issued the call at its recent press conference, during which it pointed to the recent spate of criminal activity, including the execution style killing of Mon Repos businessman, Rajendra Motilall Sonilall, as well as the increasing reports of white collar crimes.
But Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee dismissed the PNCR position as mere politicking.
According to the PNCR, the cold blooded execution of Rajendra Motilall Sonilall, a little over two weeks ago, is a stark reminder that the security of the Guyanese people remains very fragile.
The party observed that Motilall’s execution has pushed the number of murders for 2010 to approximately 34. There were 31 confirmed murders at the end of March 2010.
The PNCR stated that while execution style killings did not begin in 2002, this form of murder gained centre stage then, and while there was a reduction in 2009, this year has already seen three such murders, the other victims being, Vibert Weeks and Nicholas Hoyte.
According to the party, perhaps even more gruesome than the executions, have been the savage murders of eight women in the first three months of 2010.
These victims include Omeka Todd, Usawatie Persaud, Jacqueline George and Liloutie Seeram.
“When the almost daily violent robberies; child molestation and other heinous crimes are added to these murders and juxtaposed with the high percentage of unsolved crimes, the fragility of our security is even more stark,” the PNCR stated.
But according to Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, the main opposition party is not in the position to decide whether the security system is fragile.
He said that while the PNCR is using a broad brush to show that the police force and his Ministry are not doing enough, they have totally ignored the several successes that have been scored recently.
“How many robberies have been solved? No mention was made of the achievements of the security forces, their quick reaction to reports of crimes. What about the marijuana fields? What about the other breakthroughs?” Minister Rohee pointed out.
He said that when compared with other CARICOM countries, Guyana is far better off in terms of its security.
“There are persons who would say that we should not compare but we have to make that comparison as well,” the Minister said.
Meanwhile, according to the PNCR, apart from the growing number of violent crimes and execution style murders, there are the daily reports which point to the rising levels of white collar criminality in many of the State’s institutions.
The party stated that organised crime and criminality, and the now pervasive narco-enterprises, thriving in the environment of endemic corruption, seem to have taken control of the State.
“The frightening reality is that it has become evident that the Guyana Police Force is ill equipped to apply the needed modern investigative and sophisticated forensic methods necessary to combat and control the escalating and apparently out-of-control crime and security situation which has confronted the society,” the PNCR said.
The main opposition party renewed its call for the establishment of an International Tribunal to investigate the links between the Jagdeo Administration and the criminal enterprise led by self confessed drug lord Roger Khan.
“We wish to remind the various PPP/C operatives, including Dr Leslie Ramsammy, who has been directly fingered in the Roger Khan spree of criminality and murder that the passage of time will not help them. We will continue to do all within our power to ensure that the families of the hundreds of Guyanese citizens who were murdered at the hands of Roger Khan and his associates finally receive justice,” the PNCR stated.
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