KN Jun 06, 2016
Six years ago, former President Bharrat Jagdeo ordered the revocation of three firearm licences allocated to the security detail attached to Kaieteur News.
When questioned about the revocation, the then Commissioner Henry Green said that he was instructed to revoke the licences.
Kaieteur News reported on the revocation back then. It contended that the decision to revoke the licences stemmed from the criticisms of the Jagdeo administration for the various indiscretions and wrongdoings that the newspaper had uncovered.
Members of the legal profession advised that the decision by the Police Commissioner was illegal and that the newspaper should not comply.
Even Khemraj Ramjattan, who was the company lawyer at the time, suggested that the decision by the government was illegal.
However, Mr Glenn Lall, to avoid any confrontation, surrendered the weapons.
Since then, efforts to have the decision overturned have failed.
With the change in government an approach was made to Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan to have the weapons restored.
There were several conversations with Ramjattan. There was even an approach to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.
Applications were made to the police on the advice of Ramjattan. Today, one year later, there has been no change in the situation despite the numerous documentations that were submitted.
Saturday night’s grenade attack exposed the inadequacy of the security situation at Kaieteur News.
Publisher Glenn Lall was at pains to say that he is not begging the authorities. Instead, he is disappointed at the apparent inaction by people who had assured him that the weapons would be returned.
Lall said that he is ashamed to face his security officers who know that he is close to the Minister of Public Security. He said that they were aware that he had approached the Minister.
On many occasions they would ask him about the progress knowing that he had done so much to see justice and to expose the wrongs of the previous administration, he said.
After a while, Lall could not face the men because he could not answer their questions.
That he had got nowhere, he said, is enough to make a man feel ashamed.
One year has passed and the weapons are still to be returned.