GUYANA President Suspends Police Service Commission

President Mohammad Irfaan Ali

GEORGETOWN, June 17, 2021 - The controversy surrounding Guyana’s Police Service Commission intensified last evening with President Mohamad Irfaan Ali announcing that he was suspending the entire Police Service Commission and would be setting up a tribunal to look into their full removal from the entity. 

This comes two days before the Chief Justice is set to rule in a case against the Police Service Commission filed by two Officers who were disgruntled that the Police Service Commission (PSC) under the chairmanship of Slowe has blocked the promotion of several senior ranks including the head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).

Irfaan ali letter to PSCIrfaan ali letter to PSCPresident Ali, In letters sent yesterday to the Chairman and Members of the Commission, advised that he was suspending them and setting up a tribunal to look into their full removal as members of the Police Service Commission.

However, it's understood that the Commission has drawn the ire of the Ali administration due to the Commission’s refusal to promote persons alleged to be  President Ali’s people in the Guyana Police Force. 

But according to Ali, his decision is based on advice from Prime Minister Mark Phillips who had written to the Police Service Commission members requesting them to show cause why they should not be removed as members over a decision by the Police Service Commission to join an Opposition filed Court matter against the Government about their budgetary allocations and independence.

However, the  PSC in response indicated that the Commission  had no choice but to join the lawsuit after the Government refused to provide funding for the Commission to defend itself in the lawsuit filed by the senior officers who were not promoted.

The President did not set a timeline for the establishment of the tribunal but he indicated to the PSC members that their suspension is with immediate effect.

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