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GUYANA | Coalition partner stands firmly with National Security Minister

Featured National Security Khemraj Ramjattan (File Photo) National Security Khemraj Ramjattan (File Photo)
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Aug 7, CMC – The Alliance for Change (AFC), a member of the ruling coalition government here, says it has “full confidence” in National Security Khemraj Ramjattan, who has come under criticism following two jail breaks and a fire that destroyed the main prison in Guyana.

In a statement following its third National Executive Commission (NEC) meeting on Sunday, the AFC, which is a member of the coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) said that delegates had “unanimously approved “ a motion that the party “reposes its full and complete confidence in its chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan, as Minister of Public Security”.

It said that the motion followed events of July 9 and subsequently, which brought national focus and attention on the public security sector.

 Has brushed aside calls for his resignation as a result of the jailbreaks saying the word “resignation” is not one that he associates with, and therefore he has no plans to resign from office.

In the statement, the AFC said that “it was noted that despite the challenges, public order has been maintained and that the recapture of most of the escaped prisoners was done in a relatively short period of time and largely without incident.

“The motion specifically noted the decades long historical and systemic difficulties relating to the public security sector,” it added.

The party said that the Youth for Change (YFC), one of the many representatives from all administrative regions across the country had “made robust and vigorous representation to the NEC and the party’s leadership for review of the laws relating to marijuana possession”.

The FYC is urging the party’s leadership to lobby for reform of the laws and the statement noted that “during extensive discussions, it was noted that the current laws result in many young people, particularly young men and numerous mothers of young children being imprisoned for possession of small quantities of marijuana, at maximum detention facilities alongside hardened criminals.

“It was agreed by the NEC that modification of the existing laws, will, among other benefits, lend to reduction of the overcrowded prison population. Specifically, YFC urged changes to the law as it relates to mandatory imprisonment for possession of small quantities of marijuana, an overhaul of existing guidelines for sentencing and the granting of bail for narcotics offenses.”

The statement said that during the meeting political advisor and elder statesman, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo presented an extensive report to the NEC on three major advances on governance matters at the national level namely Constitutional Reform, Code of Conduct for public officials and  passing of the Broadcasting Amendment Bill 2017.

It said that “the Prime Minister emphasized that these successes formed collective evidence that the AFC was keeping its covenant with, and promise to, the people to advance these fundamental matters in the interest of all Guyanese for a modern society.”

The statement also noted that the AFC reaffirmed its support for coalition government that came to power in 2015 and “further urged implementation of inter-coalition mechanisms for regular and routine dialogue amongst parties”.

Last modified onMonday, 07 August 2017 17:04
  • Countries: Guyana