Opposition members abstain …”GARY IS THE BOSS”

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Gary Trevor Griffith Jr is the new Commissioner of Police.

On Monday, the House of Representatives approved the notification for the nomination of the former soldier as the next Police Commissioner.

But only 19 Government members voted for Griffith. Those in the Opposition, some of whom worked with Griffith, abstained. The abstentions amounted to 13.

But will there be any legal challenges to this decision? That is left to be seen.

In arguing the Government’s case, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley explained why the first three nominees were rejected.

Rowley said Deodat Dulalchan and Harold Phillip were rejected because they applied for the post of Deputy Commissioner of Police….not the Commissioner of Police.

He said Stephen Williams who has been acting as Commissioner for the past six years, did not take the police service forward, based on the manpower audit presented to Parliament sometime ago.

This audit was produced by a committee chaired by Dr Ramesh Deosaran.

Rowley, without saying he was supporting Griffith, was highly critical of Michael Seales, President of the Police Social and Welfare Association, who last week, stated that his officers would not support Griffith as commissioner of police.

He said one reason for agreeing for Griffith to be appointed is the fact that he alerted the country to a criminal empire coming from Life Sport, an initiative of the Ministry of Sport.

He said the programme was supposed to have been $8 million, but ended up being $400 million. He said Griffith who was a member of the Kamla Persad-Bissessar Cabinet, brought the matter out, of the criminal empire where there was lawlessness along the east-west corridor.

But Oropouche East MP, Dr Roodal Moonilal, in his contribution, did not say if he supported Griffith. He did say that Griffith was well known to the Opposition, having served as security adviser to the former Prime Minister and also as Minister of National Security.

Moonilal also raised the issue of Griffith being a witness in a witness tampering case against former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan.

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