Gladwin Samuels no longer Director of Prisons, reassigned Assistant Coordinator on People Smuggling


Sent on 132 days of vacation leave back in December 2020, Director of Prisons ,Gladwin Samuels is slated to return to work on April 25, 2021.

But when he does he will no longer hold the post as the Director of Prisons since effective April 26 he has been reassigned as the Assistant Coordinator on People Smuggling.

Samuels shared the update via a press statement to the media late Friday night.

The Prison Director said his vacation leave had accumulated over a period of time and comes to an end on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

He said in anticipation of resuming duty, he wrote the Ministry of Home Affairs on April 23, 2021, notifying the Minister, Robeson Benn of the upcoming end of his vacation leave.

In response, by letter dated April 23, 2021, the Director was informed that he will be attached to the Ministry of Home Affairs (where he is currently the substantive Director of Prisons) as the Assistant Coordinator on People Smuggling with effect from April 26, 2021.

“That attachment will be on a full-time basis until further notice and that he is required to report to the Minister of Home Affairs who will apprise him of the details pertaining to his duties,” the release noted.

“The Director wishes to thank all members of the Joint Services, Guyana Prison Service, the public, and media for their cooperation and support during the time it was his privilege to be Director of Prisons,” it added.

Samuels does not seem too keen on taking up the new post and has shared the contact information for his attorney, Selwyn A. Pieters with the media for further information.

Samuels received his substantive appointed as Director of Prisons in January 2020.

He served in the capacity of Acting Director of Prisons for a number of years,

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