Jun 18, 2011 News
The People’s National Congress Reform has slammed the PPP/C Administration for what it considers ‘ineptitude and a lack of concern’, all owing to the mismanagement of the New Amsterdam Prison and resulting in the last prison break.
A statement issued by the Party’s Presidential Candidate, David Granger, said that this incident will now be added to the long list of fears.
“Today, Kevin “Long Hair” Narine, Rickford La Fleur, Vijay Seenarine and Vinood Gopaul are free to roam among innocent citizens, free to commit new crimes and free to paralyze their victims and families with new fears”.
Granger said that while these men are free, Guyanese citizens are left to once again wonder why their Government just cannot seem to get crime prevention right.
“Two murderers, a drug-dealer, a pirate and a molester are running free while citizens are left to ponder why this has happened once again”.
According to Granger, this escape comes on the heels of another prison breach last week. That incident one saw a prison officer being arrested in Suriname in the company of an escaped criminal.
The Presidential hopeful asked how many times criminals have to escape to prey upon innocent citizens before the PPP/C Government makes national prison reform a priority.
Granger further pointed to the fact that the prison are overcrowded; prison staff are underpaid and poorly trained; prison facilities are subhuman after 18 years of the PPP/C Administration. “What is evident is that PPP/C Administration officials either have not been able to make the connection or do not care how escaped criminals affect the psyche of the community”
These situations, Granger said, makes citizens feel vulnerable while officials are unmoved, and unmotivated to address the safety issues of the citizens.
If given a chance at leading Guyana, Granger said his Party’s coalition government will ensure that prison facilities are brought up to human standards while prisoner populations will be balanced to reduce over-crowding.
In addition, it has been promised that salaries of prison officers and police officers will be increased to reduce the chances of corruption and bribery and officers will be properly trained to effectively staff and manage a prison system professionally.
“The safety and confidence of Guyana’s business community and private citizens are a priority and Government investment and expenditure should reflect this priority”.
According to Granger the PPP/C Administration has had ample opportunity over the course of the past 18 years to fix the prison system. He further pointed out that the prison escapee events in 2002 and the subsequent horrors unleashed upon innocent communities during the Lusignan and Bartica massacres were another opportunity for a national revamping effort, but changes were negligible.
“Yet another warning bell has been rung…for the sake of our citizens, we hope it does not once again fall upon deaf ears.
Ineptitude and unconcern should not be allowed to continually bring suffering to the lives of the Guyanese people”.
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