Oct 11, 2012 News
…promises to return DFC report discussion to Parliament
Although it has been established that only the President of the Republic has the authority to revoke the appointment of a Minister, Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Brigadier (ret.) David Granger is confident that moves by the opposition parties will result in the removal of the current Minister of Home Affairs.
The Parliamentary Opposition had in fact brought to the National Assembly a No-confidence Motion against Mr Clement Rohee, the Home Affairs Minister, in order to amplify its belief that he is unfit for that office.
The move by the parliamentary opposition has since spurred several protest actions aimed at highlighting the need for the removal of the Minister.
According to Granger, “we feel that the action we took against Rohee will eventually result in his removal. Similarly, the position we took against (former Minister of Home Affairs Ronald) Gajraj resulted in his removal.”
Granger has, however, acknowledged that “we know very well, according to the law, that only the President can revoke the appointment of a Minister and the National Assembly cannot do that…but Gajraj was removed because of the weight of public pressure and the gravity of public pressure pulled him down and similarly the gravity of public pressure will pull Mr Rohee down; we are confident of that,” Granger insisted.
He was at the time speaking at a People’s National Conference Reform (PNC/R) press conference at the party’s Sophia headquarters on Friday.
In referring to the Commission of Inquiry tasked with scrutinising the July 18 shooting deaths which occurred in Linden, Granger speculated that it is likely that inefficiency on the part of the Police Force, which falls under the purview of Rohee’s Ministry, will be unearthed.
“The Commission of Inquiry that is taking place now will indicate that there was, at the very least, a lack of careful training, supervision and superintendence of the Guyana Police Force,” the Opposition Leader added.
He alluded to the fact that Rohee has been Minister of Home Affairs for the past six years a period that has seen no let-up in narco-trafficking, murders, domestic violence, traffic accidents or any major aspect of public security. For this reason, Granger said that “we in A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the PNCR do not believe that he can competently administer security in this Republic.”
Granger, in commenting on the Disciplined Services Commission Report, revealed that while some of its recommendations have been partially implemented, it is through the National Assembly that the Opposition will bring it back for consideration.
Granger himself was sworn in as a Commissioner of the Discipline Services Commission (DFC), along with Chief Justice Ian Chang, former Attorney General Charles Ramson, and current Attorney General Anil Nandlall back in 2003.
The Commission also included Dr Harold Lutchman. The team of Commissioners were tasked with scrutinising the operation of the Guyana Police Force, the Guyana Defence Force, the Fire Service and the Prison Service with a view of highlighting inadequacies and offering recommendations to lend to public safety and security.
The Commission was established in the wake of a heightened situation which was particularly evident on the East Coast of Demerara during that period.
Granger, amplifying the importance of the recommendations of the Report, recalled that when the British Government tried to introduce the Security Sector Reform Action Plan a few years ago, it insisted that the DFC be brought back and discussed in the National Assembly.
“This is what we will return to…It is on our agenda when we return from recess to bring certain public security issues to the National Assembly and the review of the DFC report is one of those issues.”
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