President had “specific reasons” for not choosing Ramnarine

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Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo says he has no positive or adverse views on President David Granger’s choice of Leslie James as the new Commissioner of Police.

At a press conference after consultations with the President, Mr Jagdeo told reporters at his Church Street office that he probed about the process of selection.

He said he was assured by the Head of State the Commission of Inquiry into an alleged plot to assassinate the President in 2017, which was headed by Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe, was not a factor in his choice.

President Granger today announced James the Commissioner of Police with immediate effect. He will serve alongside four deputy commissioners who are Mr. Lyndon Alves, Ms. Maxine Graham, Mr. Nigel Hoppie and Mr. Paul Williams. These appointments will also take immediate effect as of August 30, 2018.

President Granger and Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo along with other officials during the consultations today at State House. [Ministry of the Presidency photo]
Meanwhile, Mr Jagdeo said he asked the President why the current Commissioner of Police (ag), David Ramnarine, was not considered for the post.

According to Mr Jagdeo, the President said there are “specific reasons” but he [the President] did not share those reasons.

An interview process for the selection of the Top Cop was done by the Attorney General, Basil Williams; Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan and President Granger.

Those who applied for the post, including Mr Ramnarine, had to take a general knowledge test which was prepared by the Ministry of Education.

 

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