A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has noted with grave concern the increased attacks by bandits on business owners, especially those who conduct their operations in rural communities. The Partnership calls on the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Ministry of Home Affairs to act now to restore confidence in the business community and the general public. Business owners, potential entrepreneurs and all citizens need to feel a sense of safety and security, something that is sadly lacking in Guyana today.
The recently released crime figures, by the GPF which indicate that 472 cases of violent crimes were reported as of June 2013, shows that much more needs to be done to address what has clearly become a national epidemic of violence. Recently, APNU called for the establishment an Inter-personal Violence Unit. The Partnership takes this opportunity to renew this call for such a unit and to reiterate our lack of confidence in the leadership of Mr. Clement James Rohee as Minister responsible for public safety.
APNU is of the opinion that enough is not being done to comprehensibly fight crime, especially violent crime; also the evidence has shown that Community Policing Groups as presently configured and tasked countrywide cannot, and will not, solve the crime problem. Members of the Guyana Police Force at all levels must be given the leadership, equipment and relevant training, so that they can meet their mandate of service and protection.
APNU calls on all responsible parties to act now to secure a reversal of this trend of armed robberies and violence against persons. The Partnership further calls on the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic Government to give the security sector the leadership it needs to ensure that all Guyanese can be safe, secure and can attain the good life to which they are entitled.