Public urged to be vigilant against vandalism of govt property

DPI, Guyana, Monday, July 13, 2020

Minister of Public Security Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan at a press conference on Monday issued a plea to citizens to do their part to thwart vandalism of government buildings.

“We have asked all disciplined forces and also asking members of the public to have an eye out on all these mischief-makers,” Minister Ramjattan said.

Minister of Public Security, Hon. Khemraj Ramjattan

Aerial shot of Georgetown

The Minister was at the time responding to a question from the media surrounding the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) efforts to safeguard government buildings.

According to the Public Security Minister, the cooperation of citizens is necessary to disband criminal minds from executing attempts to destroy public property.

Pointing towards the need for the GPF to serve and protect the citizenry, Minister Ramjattan noted, “we cannot have our approximately 5000 policemen all across the country only 0 after public infrastructure.”

The Minister said the security forces have been on high alert since the commencement of the March 2 General and Regional Elections.

On Sunday, an on-duty police constable was hailed a heroine after she ran after an arsonist who torched the lower branches of the Umana Yana. While the constable was able to extinguish the fire, the incident heightened public fears of similar acts on other government buildings.

The Umana Yana was rebuilt in 2016 after being destroyed by a fire of electrical origin.