Although the Guyana Police Force has reported a more than 15% drop in serious crimes when compared to 2015, the Opposition, People’s Progressive Party is still not impressed with the government’s efforts to tackle the crime problem facing the country.
In a Monday morning statement, the PPP highlighted the recent robbery outside the UNDP office in Georgetown, the robbery of the Sleepin Hotel and other robbery cases to make its point that the APNU+AFC government has so far failed to make Guyana a “safer place” as was promised during the elections campaign from last year.
“The criminals are here, there and everywhere; they are omnipresent”, the PPP contends as it issued another call for the government to put together a comprehensive crime fighting plan.
“First, Granger called for a crime-fighting plan, secondly, we were told that the plan was with Ramjattan, thirdly, that the plan was with the National Security Council which Granger chairs, fourthly, that the plan was with Commissioner of Police (to be tweaked) fifthly, that the plan was to be made public, sixthly that the is no plan – in fact, there was never a plan, it was all a plan of deception that lasted for one year and more”, the statement said.
The party also criticized the government over self confessed drug lord, Barry Dataram being able to skip bail during his drug trial.
Dataram is believed to be hiding out in neighbouring Suriname.
According to the PPP, it views “Dataram’s disappearance as a second slap in the face of the Granger administration who had recklessly legitimized his questionable bona fides by setting up a Commission of Inquiry into the allegations he made against CANU. The first slap in Granger’s face was when the Commission of Inquiry came up empty handed.”
The PPP is of the view that the government needs to put concrete measures in place to tackle the crime problem.