The government, any government, has a responsibility to protect all citizens at all times. The beatings and damages to property perpetuated during the so called protests are unacceptable. Persons who committed these acts must be brought to justice along with those who publicly applauded the protesters’ actions at any point.
The failure of successive PPP governments to balance the police and army to reflect the composition of Guyana plays a role in police response to not just these protests, but many other injustices such as the recent delay in announcing the election results. Fraud is fraud and when taking place in full view of the world what else does the police need to take immediate action? There are many good officers in the police force and army but there is a desperate need to improve the professional standards and working environments of the police force especially.
Given some of the recent ministerial and senior appointments nothing is going to change. We will just hear a lot of speeches and glib excuses. Even if some senior persons are interested in positive changes, they lack the courage to remove incompetence to effect these changes. The appointments are simply to reward loyalists and not to improve the operations of government and delivery of service to the people. Remember this gross incompetence did not start with the previous coalition administration. The previous coalition administration simply excelled in incompetence and nepotism.
I ask the current administration to do something tangible for all the persons who were beaten, robbed and property destroyed recently. You must compensate them from the public coffers for all individual losses and abuse. This may also serve as a physiological deterrent to those who committed the acts.
Finally, why is Lowenfield, Myers, Mingo and some of the other staff at GECOM including the PR officer still on the job collecting taxpayers’ dollars after the nightmare this country went through during the recent elections? When is the government going to act and remove these persons? Anything else is a disgrace and insult to all decent minded electors.
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