GPF power struggle can affect confidence in Police Force- President

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Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan has been mandated to address what seems to be a ‘power struggle’ within the Guyana Police Force (GPF), as the government express its belief that the recent developments should not be played out in the public’s domain.

President, David Granger
President, David Granger

During this week’s recording of the Public Interest, President David Granger said he believes that “it is quite unseemly for a matter such as that to be reported in the media…it can have an impact on the morale of policemen and in the public if they see the major law enforcement agency being the victim of the type of high-level quarrelling, it can’t inspire confidence”.

Recently News Room reported that upon his return to office, following a 100 days administrative leave, the Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud had proceeded to reverse several promotions and decision made by Assistant Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine who acted in his capacity.

However, the President said, “the Assistant Commissioner who’s acting for him…obviously have to take authoritative action on matters, he can’t just sit on his hands”.

The Head of State added that the issue has been brought to the National Security Committee, noting that the issue can be solved.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon during a Press Conference on Thursday said the cabinet felt that rather than the writing of letters and other documents, the two gentlemen should have sought another way around expressing their frustration with what was done or might not have been done.

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon

Harmon could not confirm if the issue of the rescinding of the promotion of several ranks which were done by Ramnarine and reversed by Seelall Persaud, is engaging the attention of Attorney general.

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