Government accepts findings of COI report – Dr. Luncheon
Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon says Cabinet has endorsed the findings outlined in the report of the Linden Commission of Inquiry into the events of the Linden protest on July 18 last.
Dr. Luncheon made the comments during his post cabinet media briefing today.
“Although cabinet has endorsed the findings, accepted the recommendations, I don’t think that we should fool ourselves and believe that the acceptance was uniformly of the same level. I think some of those would say we took with a grain of salt grudgingly in looking at the entire picture and so it was with the findings and particularly the findings about the Guyana Police Force that the evidence wasn’t there.”
He adds that in the report, the commission was critical about the overall police performance and outlined a list of recommendations directed at reforms for the Guyana Police Service.
Dr. Luncheon said the reforms in the security sector did not await the convening of a Commission of Inquiry but premised on government’s strategic planning for the sector.
Additionally government is satisfied with the commissions’ dismissal of allegations made against Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee.
This has put to rest claims by the opposition that the Home Affairs Minister give police directives on how to handle the July 18 protest, which left three protesters dead and several others injured.
“The basis for ongoing demonizing of Minister Rohee was inextricably linked to the Linden protest by his detractors who made hay about an imagined role of the Minister in the July 18 events from Chief Justice of Jamaica Wolfe proclaimed that justice has been done.”
The government spokesman adds that the commission recommended compensation for those affected as a result of the protest were based on ex gratia awards.
The Commission of Inquiry presented its report to President Donald Ramotar last Thursday.