first_imgFormer Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe has been nominated to head the Police Service Commission.This is according to Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton on Thursday as he laid the 11th Report of the Committee on Appointments in relation to the appointment of members of the Commission.In addition, retired Assistant Commissioner Clinton Conway and retired Woman Assistant Commissioners Vesta Adams and Claire Jarvis have been recommended to be part of the PSC.The nominations were made by the Association of Former Members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Police Association.According to the Minister, these recommendations will be acted upon only after they have been reviewed and considered by the Head of State, David Granger.Slowe had been the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the alleged assassination plot against the President last year.It was alleged that an East Bank Demerara man, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour Nizam Khan offered him $7 million to assassinate the President.The State newspaper, under the direct responsibility of Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, had reported that the report completed by Slowe recommended that substantive Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud be forced to resign or be removed if he refused.“The Commission recommends that Commissioner Seelall Persaud should be made to resign his position as Commissioner of Police for the Guyana Police Force, under such terms and conditions that His Excellency considers appropriate. Failing which, proceedings should be initiated in accordance with Article 225 of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to have him removed from office for misbehaviour,” the State media had reported.Moreover, according to the excerpts of the leaked CoI report, Slowe had found that Commissioner Persaud acted improperly when he instructed Inspector Prem Narine to send Nizam Khan on bail on the night of March 29, 2017.It was also recommended that Persaud be investigated for perjury in relation to his statement when he said that he was not aware of the allegations until after 16:00h on March 29, 2017, as Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken had told the CoI that he reported the incident to Persaud around 10:00h.Assistant Police Commissioner David Ramnarine was acting as Police Commissioner when the allegation was levelled, and he told the CoI that he felt a proper investigation was not conducted.As such, the report recommended that sanctions be imposed against him for his failure to ensure that a proper investigation was conducted.In relation to Crime Chief, Senior Superintendent Wendell Blanhum, Slowe recommended that he be replaced for poor leadership and questioned his role in the successful solving of crimes under his watch.Additionally, Slowe further recommended that Blanhum’s Deputy, Senior Superintendent Rishi Dass, be disciplined for neglect of duty for failing to ensure the correct date of the allegation made by Gillard.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at that time had indicated his belief that Slowe had “had an axe to grind” and was acting on the basis of a vendetta.According to Jagdeo, if President Granger was serious about an investigation into the alleged plot against him, “he should not have appointed Paul Slowe to head it, because Paul Slowe has bad blood with many people.”He then drew attention to the fact the PSC nominee had in fact served on the coalition’s campaign team in the last General Election held in May 2015.“He was put there to do a hatchet job on the leadership of the Police Force, destroying professionalism,” Jagdeo had said.last_img

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