I have been following the case of the brutal slaying of young Sheema Mangar, and have written, on more than one occasion, to express my outrage against this most barbaric act and the seeming lack of effort on the part of the authorities to bring her killers to justice.
I have been paying keen attention to the many cases of unsolved murders, and this is one of those cases that stand out, primarily because of the entire scenario surrounding it. Sheema met her gruesome death on a sunny afternoon, at a busy ‘rush hour’ intersection. According to reports, her cell phone was snatched by criminals who proceeded to drive off in a car and mowed her down as she attempted to stop them, dragging her yards away from where she was struck.
Given the facts, one would have believed that the case was clear cut and the perpetrators of this vicious murder would have been easily captured and brought to justice, but almost two years we are still waiting for the first lead in the case. This I find very troubling!
The latest information emanating from the authorities, regarding this case, was very unfortunate and I daresay unacceptable. The police told the public that the officer who was responsible for taking Mangar’s samples to Barbados arrived in that country without the samples. What a shame! The Minister of Home Affairs, who seems to have been giving conflicting comments regarding this case, must take full blame for this high class recklessness. It appears as though the emphasis was placed on getting the officer to Barbados rather than Mangar’s samples.
There are so many unsolved murders, and vicious crimes that I wonder if the authorities are willing to allow this notorious slaughter of young Sheema Mangar to become just another statistic added to the pile. As I was writing this letter I could not help but ask what has become of the Alicia Foster case. This was another case of a young professional gunned down in front of her home.
In countries where accountability and responsibility mean something, many people would have been fired or made to resign for failing to perform. But in Guyana we seem to reward people for non-performance, gross misconduct and overarching institutional breaches. How else can you explain Clement Rohee being retained as Minister of Home Affairs? How else can you justify Henry Greene, still functioning as the Substantive Police Commissioner, even as he admits to engaging in gross sexual misconduct, while in office?
While vicious crime rages, with no stopping in sight, those responsible for stemming the downward spiral are reconfirmed in positions, as citizens remain exposed to the vile acts of criminals.
I would still like to know the current status of the Sheema Mangar case, and the many unsolved murders. Further, will the families of the Lindo Creek massacre victims ever have that closure they need? I hope to God that they do!
Finally, I ask whether the Ramotar government has a security plan in place now.
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