Good evening ladies and gentlemen, just when you think
that you have seen everything, you discover that there are still things that
can outrage you further.
Last evening this newscast played a verbatim report
delivered by an obviously agitated Minister of Home Affairs, having problems
breathing Mr. Gajraj? [perhaps those 216 thousand dollar meals at Cara lodge
are having an effect on his breathing] castigating the media especially, to
quote him, "the electronic media" and accused them of grossly misrepresenting
the facts, since sections of the media had reported that he had left the
country at 3 AM on a BWIA flight on Monday 28th October 2002, he in
fact did not do so he says, and was in Guyana at all material times during the
gang war which left seven persons dead.
This country will pay its police force and this Minister 3,760,864
dollars this year to protect and to serve us.
For eight months the citizens of this country have been terrorized
by every conceivably sort of criminality, because the minister and the police
force have failed us, this is not mischief or speculation Minister, it is fact,
it is also fact that the terrorist and criminals who your police force have
been seeking high and low in Buxton, Nebacalus, Brier root, Linden and other
far flung areas of the country, were residing in a house virtually next to
yours in Lamaha Gardens. In view of these facts minister how can you possibly
stand in public and tell the media that everything that can be done is being
done, when the criminals were virtually living right in your backyard, if that
is the level of competence of your police force and, you, minister, then we have
reason to be troubled.
Ladies and gentlemen does Mr. Gajraj have no shame? Does
he not see the total incompetence of those that are supposed to be protecting
him and us? Since they allowed the most notorious criminals in the country to
reside and to operate a few houses away from our Minister of Home Affairs, for
what turns out to be several months.
Minister Gajraj was not on the plane as alleged, no one
insinuated that he left in fear when the criminals started killing each other,
that is all in the minister's obviously paranoid mind, but given his
performance or lack of performance to date, both he and commissioner Mc Donald
should have been on that plane, it would have done this country a great
Ladies and gentlemen I am not claiming to be brighter
than anyone else, but were I a minister of Home Affairs, and the country in which
I was minister of was paying nearly 4 billion dollars a year, approximately 9
percent of the total routine operating budget of the nation, to serve and to protect
them, and the very persons who I was supposed to be protecting the public from,
were operating virtually next to me in the street where I live, I would do the
right thing, resign, and never show my face in public again.
I would certainly not have the guts [no pun intended] to
stand up in front of the public, panting, to tell us how mischievous the media
is, and how in control of the situation I was.
Finally ladies and gentlemen when the world trade
centers were destroyed, did the Guyanese people see Mayor Giuliani giving the
media updates at all material times, with his hard hat and his Fire Department
of New York jacket on, acting with courage, accountability and concern for his
New Yorkers. I saw him six or seven times that day telling us exactly what was
going on, that is how public officials should behave. The United States has 260
million people 2800 died on September 11th 2001 that is 0.001% of
their population, this country estimates a population of 730,000 people and
seven of them were killed on October 28th 2002 that is .001% o our
population. EXACTLY THE SAME PERCENT, criminals or not!
Throughout that fateful day our minister was not visible
at any time on the Electronic media, dispute his claims to the contrary. If he
was not in the country he had a legitimate excuse, since he was here, what is
his explanation for not telling us what was going on?
The media were invited to one press conference hosted by the
commissioner of police at midday Monday 28th October 2002, at which he
told us nothing, except that he knew nothing.
Minister Gajraj was not present at this important
briefing,... surely Minister, since you informed us on the 29th of October 2002 that you are the head of the defense forces of the internal
security of this nation,... why did you not appreciate that fact on the 28th
and not on the 29th of October 2002.