Feb 21, 2012 Letters
We write as concerned residents of Region Nine. We are greatly disturbed with the appointment of Mr. Tikaram Bisesar to the post of Deputy Regional Executive Officer, Region Nine. The reasons are numerous and atrocious. We have already voiced our concerns in writing, to figures in authority and attention was not given to this matter. We therefore seek attention of the relative authorities.
Mr. Bisesar has served in the capacity of Senior Personnel Officer for almost ten years during which time he has proved to be uncouth and disrespectful to staff as well as the public. Ever since his appointment to this post, the staff under his administration has on many occasions, been victims of verbal abuse, sexual harassment, refusal to approve needed special leave and racial prejudice.
There is also at least one known case of rape at gunpoint, of a 13-year-old girl, against Mr. Bisesar. Officers handling the case were paid to keep the case off the records and the child was compensated by way of $50,000 worth in foodstuffs to settle the matter out of court.
In addition, retiring government employees, making arrangements for gratuity, are given a difficult time when approaching the SPO for the necessary documents to proceed, especially Amerindians residing in outlining areas in the Region.
Within the recent years, our Administration has seen numerous changes in REOs. When appointed here; they are given a challenging time to function in this capacity by Mr. Bisesar and a group of four other persons within this staff. For instance, these persons are always overly critical and discontented with the way the REOs care for their responsibilities and duties, even complaining in writing to their superiors resulting in their being transferred.
This was true in the case of our previous REO, Mr. Harsawack. Upon his transfer from the region, the administration was handed over to Mr. Bisesar, who took up this post as Acting REO. On the day that he took up office, Mr. Bisesar immediately ordered two District Development Officers and one Assistant Field Auditor, who are senior staff; to park and hand in keys for the ATV they had been assigned to carry out their duties.
The Regional Engineer was also ordered to park the vehicle assigned to him. The Engineer is now being circumvented in matters and decisions pertaining to his office and these are being referred to his subordinate the Overseer of Works. All of these occurrences are as a result of these members of staff having been closely affiliated with the previous REO. On the other hand, junior staff members were allowed to keep motorcycles issued to them.
Since his appointment as DREO within the region, three members of staff have been forced to resign from their posts as public servants and numerous others are considering leaving due to the mistreatment they have been facing from Mr. Bisesar.
This has become a matter of great concern since his behavior has deteriorated as of late. In addition he now occupies a position of even greater influence. We strongly feel that he is unfit and unqualified to hold the post of the highest public service appointment in the region. We fear that his appointment would come with much exploitation from him and would not be for the benefit for this administration or the region.
We do appreciate that the REO and DREO positions were filled with persons from within our region. We know that there are several young and dynamic persons within our region, with the qualifications, qualities and positive attitude who can make a success of this immense responsibility.
Thus, if this vacancy is properly advertised and the right procedures followed, a suitable appointment would be made.
Many of us are in full support of our current government and we feel as though we have wasted our time and energies, if what we have elected comes with these challenges.
We are pleading that necessary action be taken to resolve this disturbing situation since this would be in the favour of development in our region.
Concerned Residents of the Rupununi
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