Guyana’s main opposition political group, A Partnership for National Unity is renewing its call for there to be a comprehensive plan unveiled to deal with the current crime problem in the country.
In a statement issued on Monday, the APNU said it has noted with “grave concern”, the increased attacks by bandits on business owners, especially those who conduct their operations in rural communities.
According to the APNU, it wants the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs to act now to restore confidence in the business community and the public. The party said business owners, potential entrepreneurs and all citizens need to feel a sense of safety and security, something that is sadly lacking in Guyana today.
“The recently released crime figures, by the GPF which indicate that 472 cases of violent crimes were reported as of June 2013, shows that much more needs to be done to address what has clearly become a national epidemic of violence. Recently, APNU called for the establishment an Inter-personal Violence Unit”, the APNU said.
The party said it still has no confidence in the leadership of Mr. Clement James Rohee as Minister responsible for public safety. The APNU and the Alliance For Change had used their majority in the National Assembly to pass a no confidence motion in Rohee as Home Affairs Minister. Rohee however refused to resign as the President said he still had confidence in his minister.
APNU said it is of the opinion that “enough is not being done to comprehensibly fight crime, especially violent crime; also the evidence has shown that Community Policing Groups as presently configured and tasked countrywide cannot, and will not, solve the crime problem”.
The party wants members of the Guyana Police Force at all levels to be given the leadership, equipment and relevant training, so that they can meet their mandate of service and protection.