The appointment through the agency of the Police Service Commission, of Mr Steve Merai, a newsmaker of sorts, of undisclosed whereabouts, as Assistant Commissioner of Police is an act of open provocation. The decision has nothing to support it.
The new Assistant Commissioner Merai has been accused before the courts of Guyana of homicide of a civilian. The DPP struck his case out the day after the private prosecution against him had been filed by me at Vigilance, East Coast, Demerara.
The public is unlikely to get justice from an officer in any department who has had to answer accusations made in good faith and on sworn testimony against him.
It is hard to tell which reason for his return and promotion was strongest. Is it that his credentials mark him as giving strong support for the new Commissioner, Mr Greene?
Is it pure provocation of a constituency that sees him as a persecutor? Or is it merely to secure him an acceptable pension claimed as withheld from Mr Adam Harris and many others?