Fmr CANU head likely to be rehired by Public Security Ministry


Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan says a decision will be made to rehire former head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU), James Singh depending on the vacancies at the Ministry and its agencies.

At an Alliance For Change (AFC) press conference Thursday morning, the Minister told media operatives that Singh “comes with tremendous amount of experience and expertise and I would like to have him rehired in some quarter, in my portfolio function of Ministry of Public Security.”

The AFC is a minority party in the APNU+AFC coalition government. Singh was fired from CANU in June of this year after being at the unit for nine years.

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan

The decision came after the findings of a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) established to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the entry into, the interception, detention and subsequent release of an unnamed private maritime vessel in the sea space of the territory of Guyana, was submitted.

The CoI had also sought to determine the circumstances under which CANU received information, including the exact date and time of the receipt of such information concerning the vessel between 11 and 14th February 2017.

The report of the Commission which was received on May 31, 2017 reportedly recommended that James be removed from the helm of the unit.

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