PRESS RELEASE People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia Georgetown, Guyana Tuesday, 25 September 2007

The People’s National Congress Reform notes with concern the news item in the Mirror headlined, “PNCR attempts to mislead the public”, and the rantings of the PPP/C’s Gobbles, Mr. Donald Ramotar. It is important to note that it is the PPP/C and Mr. Ramotar who are seeking to mislead the public.

The PPP/C in its statement states that, “the PNCR takes every opportunity to attack the Police whenever they have a confrontation with criminals”. Nothing is further from the truth. Eye witness accounts and logic have established that the Police was not pursuing any criminals when Ms. Herod was killed thus such claims are aimed at misleading the public and is a strategy of the PPP/C to shift the focus away from the murder of Ms Herod and to ensure that there is not a proper investigation into the shooting to death of this innocent woman who was only seeking to collect her little children amidst the chaos created by indiscriminate Police shootings in the village of Buxton.

The PPP/C further contends that, “the PNCR has no interest in supporting the Police in the fight against crime, despite utterance to the contrary”. This statement is unfortunate since the PNCR is on record as calling for the Police to be given the resources necessary to fight crime properly. The PPP/C government is guilty of starving the Police of resources, especially when it is noted that the government has made it clear that it will not give the Force the capacity to deal with DNA and to increase its intelligence and forensic capacities. The real culprits who are not supporting the Police are the Government of Guyana.

The PNCR wishes to make it clear that, it will continue to be resolute in its fight against those rogue elements in the Guyana Police Force and that we will not condone the PPP/C use of such elements to further its political agenda.

The PNCR reiterates its support for the Guyana Police Force and once more calls on the government to provide the Force with the resources that are required to fight crime in a modern and scientific way, for them to increase the salaries and the institutional and crime fighting capabilities of the Guyana Police Force.

It is important to note that the PNCR and its Leader, Mr. Robert Corbin had since early 2006 expressed support for a programme in which the British Government was going to help with the reforming of the Guyana Police Force to enable it to effectively address the crime situation.

Unfortunately, the process was sabotaged by President Jagdeo who proceeded to employ Mr. Kerik, a man of questionable character and derailed the British initiative. This resulted in the Guyana Police Force not being equipped to deal with the present surge in crime. President Jagdeo and the PPP/C are solely to be blamed for the present state of the Guyana Police Force as it relates to its capacity to fight crime.

Luckily, after months of manifest PPP/C recalcitrance, the British were still good enough and willing to help and are at present seeking to implement the said initiative with the aim of increasing the Guyana Police Force’s capacity to fight crime. This could have been done more than a year ago had the PPP/C government not being arrogant and manifested a penchant for employing the discredited Mr. Kerik.

As it relates to the PPP/C claim that the PNCR is misleading the public on the issues raised by the people of Region #1, Barima/Waini, the PNCR wishes to point out that the report is factual and that the Stabroek News not only carried the PNCR findings, but actually spoke to the authorities in the Region and confirmed that these reports are true. The said article was carried in the Stabroek News of Saturday, September 15, 2007 under the caption, “Bed problems at Port Kaituma residential school – PNCR”.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday, 25 September 2007