Nov 27, 2020 Editorial
Kaieteur News – First, it was missing money, then missing guns at the GPF. Guns for crimes committed, linkages gone; people will have to be freed, crimes continue to flourish, because people can make things happen at any place they wish in this society.
They get politicians, who take their money to go through contortions behind-the-scenes to get things done for them. These include removing existing regulations, diminishing what is on the books by an unstated policy of non-intervention when there is non-compliance, or by delaying under one cover or another much-needed amendments to close loopholes and hold violators accountable.
Similarly, guns in official custody for legitimate reasons are made to disappear because of illegal conduct on the inside, which partners with criminal elements on the outside to evade law and justice. This is one businesslike society, where everything has a price, could be had for the right price, once the right people are engaged.
When this occurs in everyday commerce, we lament and rightly so. When the same things happen in the GPF, then there is cause for great alarm. At first glance, it cannot be constables and those from the lower tiers orchestrating and executing the unofficial and criminal removal of over 150 weapons. It does not matter if those guns were transferred out in one fell swoop (which looks unlikely), or they were moved by the batch, or even one at a time. What is relevant is that sensitive items that were under lock and key, and as we would think robust documentation, as well as constant attention, have taken on a life of their own and walked through the door into the unknown.
Well, it should not be too difficult to trace those at the door with the keys, and those with the authority to sign for the movement or release of the now missing weapons. It has to be a small number of those likely to be involved, which consisted of senior and junior officers. In fact, it should be well known in the GPF, as to who were responsible and for what period. In addition, any changing of the guard had to be accompanied by actual physical checks of what was being handed over and efforts made to ensure that the number of pieces aligned perfectly with what was recorded in the books.
It, therefore, bends the mind to understand how “over 150 guns” could disappear while under tight police guard. It comes down to the usual, now settled, Guyanese way of life where things happen because there are those who want them to happen, and people in professional ranks, who are there to do their part happen. Both (the ones seeking certain kinds of favors and those known to aid and abet, through proven performance) are well equipped to deliver on their respective roles. The seekers have money that can move mountains and men, while the doers in the bureaucratic ranks have the positions that give them power to fill illegal needs.
This is what the law abiding is faced with in this society. The poor and bottom of the ladder citizens are forced to take whatever comes their way in the form of justice, with much injustice being their lot.
On the other hand, those with deep pockets are in a position to carve out their own brand of justice by moving police officers, court officers, prison officers, and a host of other public service officers to arrange outcomes that are pleasing to both outside initiator and the rogue operators on the inside. This is what makes the tracing of prints in the 11 tons of cocaine caper go up in smoke. This is what makes in excess of 150 guns leave police custody and sleuths scrambling to put the missing pieces together.
Now some of those guns form the basis of possible court action; with them gone, charges and the strength of cases behind them become extremely uncertain. It is not so farfetched as to conclude that dismissals would have to follow. Thus, it is more than guns gone. Rather, it is of justice violated, and those of a criminal bent have more opportunities to do worse using those same guns, or more.
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