Attorney-at-Law Selwyn Pieters who is representing the interest of Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Paul Slowe is confirming receipt of a second show-cause letter but says the letter appears strange since the Prime Minister has not yet responded to the first letter.
In the letter dated June 1 2021, the Prime Minister said it has taken note of a move by Mr. Slowe, to join opposition Members of Parliament in a separate court matter- is an application filed by Opposition MP Ganesh Manipaul and a number of other persons against the Attorney General, the Minister of Finance, the Judicial Service Commission and other constitutional agencies be allowed to function independently, impartially and free of the exercise of any control by the executive or any other entity.
By joining the application, the Prime Minister said it appears that Slowe has joined forces with the Opposition to challenge the government and he must show cause why he must not be removed based on this action.
But while the Prime Minister is asking Mr. Slowe to show-cause, other state agencies have also joined the challenge. It is not yet known if those other persons were asked to show-cause.
In addition to Mahipaul the other applicants in the action are Coretta Mc Donald, General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers Union; Dawn Gardiner, First Vice President of the Guyana Public Service Union; Michael Sommersaul, Chairman of the Public Service Commission; Clinton Conway, Member of the Police Service Commission, the Police Service Commission and Allan Munroe, Chairman of the Teaching Service Commission.
Mr. Slowe’s Attorney said “the need for a second show cause letter appears unnecessary and vexatious”, asking whether the first show cause notice and the second show cause notice are connected or linked to the expected ruling of the Chief Justice on June 18.
The Attorney reminded that the tenure of the Police Service Commission ends in August and he therefore wants to know whether the show cause notices are really aimed at bullying the Chairman and Commissioners.
According to Attorney Pieters, any constitutional agency can seek redress from the Court to adjudicate issues that go to the core of its mandate.
And he added that clients are entitled to hire Attorneys of their choosing.
The retired Assistant Police Commissioner served the Guyana Police Force for 37 years with integrity and has been in charge of the Police Service Commission for the past two and half years.
He recently accused the President of attempting to interfere in the work of the Police Service Commission and making requests for the promotion of specific ranks.