The instruction of the Minister of National Security to the acting CoP not to return to work is clearly a breach of the constitution. This is a serious allegation and if confirmed must see the dismissal of the minister. But this is the way the PNM has been running the country for decades. Where is the outrage from the Chamber of Commerce and the Catholic Church, two bastions of our democracy? They were viciously guarding the constitution during the PP Government’s reign between 2010 and 2015. Now that the PNM has returned to power, they are silent on the breaches of the government. The reality is they dare not utter one word of protest because they know the consequences would be grave!
The PNM modus operandi is a copy of the colonial government: always put an Englishman at the top irrespective of his qualification. And the PNM has learned well from Massa in this regard. The operation of the colonial state was one based on racial superiority to justify colonial rule and the same can be said about the PNM-only black people have the moral and intellectual capacity to run this country. And if an Indian like Rohan Sinanan is trusted with power, it is only because the PNM has convinced itself that “Indians in the UNC are corrupt, not those in the PNM.”
Now the Prime Minister is concerned about the issuance of firearms to law-abiding citizens! Individuals who were issued licenses for legal firearms by the State are now suspects despite the fact that the holders of firearm licenses have been subjected to thorough scrutiny including their mental health, domestic and social relationship by professional officers of State.
Our Prime Minister appears not bothered about the abundance of illegal arms that are used in robberies and the killing of innocent law-abiding citizens. Why is the Prime Minister not taking action to retrieve illegal firearms in the hands of criminals? It is now clear that the PNM wants the State alone to have the right to bear arms. If that is the position, then armed forces in the country-police, army, coast guard etc- must reflect the cross section of the racial, religious and class diversity of the population. Today we can say with certainty that what passes as ‘national security’ is truly an outfit that is not reflective of the society. The current security apparatus resemble the Jim Crow laws that entrenched racial segregation in the Southern States of the USA.
Why in the history of this country we have never had an Indian as Minister of National Security? Even Basdeo Panday and Kamla Persad-Bissessar during their tenures in office failed in this respect. The anti-Indian sentiments in the security apparatus was reflected in the efforts of Dr. Keith Rowley that suppressed the appointment of Deodath Dulalchan as CoP after being recommend as the top candidate for the post by the Police Service Commission. As Sam Selvon would say, the niggergram went into actions and the most despicable allegations were levelled against Dulalchan including ‘roti police’ and ‘land grabbe,r’ all in an effort to deny him the position.
Now three years later, the PNM is at loggerhead with their choice of Gary Griffith. What has gone wrong? Is it that the PNM has now discovered that Gary Griffith is not someone who can be easily manipulated to carry out their instructions?
The PNM now has the opportunity to demonstrate that it is above race by promoting police officers on merit. If such a practice is followed, we would develop a police force that is more reflective of the population of Trinidad and Tobago and not Jamaica.
The TTPS is not the private business of Hinds and Rowley that they can hire, promote and fire at their whims and fancies. The TTPS is governed by the constitution and any attempt to take decision outside the law must be taken seriously. This call by Hinds for the CoP to continue on leave is definitely an action outside his legal remit and he should be called upon to answer.