The news that an Imani attached to the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) has been charged with possession of illegal drugs is worrying and disheartening.
As far as THE NEW TODAY newspaper is concerned, the acting Commissioner of Police, Winston James should have resisted moves by the political directorate to place Imanis within the police force as the security forces within a nation is a very sensitive and serious business.
Mr. James already has a task on his hand of finding and weeding out those full-fledged members of the force who from time to time are engaged in illegal activities that bring RGPF into disrepute.
The information obtained by this newspaper about this particular Imani can only result in the authorities having more and more questions to answer.
It is our understanding that the arrested Imani is suspected of leaking sensitive information about a recent raid that was planned by police officers to a known drug area in St. Andrew’s.
The raiding party was confident that they had information about the whereabouts of some illegal drugs but when they arrived on the scene nothing was found in the place.
The leak of certain sensitive information to drug dealers have plagued our force over the years.
Why would an Imani accompany other arms of the police force on sensitive drug interdiction raids? Who would have made this decision – the Acting Commissioner of Police or the Commander in charge of the Coastguard?
It is also reported that the arrested Imani is the owner of a boat and has hired hands working the boat for him.
If that is the case then one needs to seriously question the true intention of the Imani programme. Is the scheme really intended to provide young people in the country with opportunities to obtain skills to prepare them for the world of work?
According to the reports reaching our News Desk – this particular Imani owns a boat and is providing employment for others. If the boat is making money then it can be argued that this is a case of someone going home with more than one salary at the end of the month as opposed to many others who have nothing to look forward to at the end of the month.
The architects of the Imani programme run the risk of being accused of seeking ways of putting money into the hands of their known supporters as a form of naked political patronage.
Another allegation is that the engine on the boat allegedly owned by the Imani belongs to the Coast Guard and was put at his disposal for use.
If that is the case then some body has to be made to account for this abuse of taxpayers money.
Commissioner James – answers are needed for the above raised questions. The hierarchy of the police force have demonstrated a habit over the years of investigating only certain matters and allowing others to die a natural death based on who are the culprits.
There is still the outstanding matter concerning the three Superintendents of Police who were named in an official report handed to Mr. James himself by the resigned Female Police Constable who accused one of them of committing an act of rape against her at a police house in St. John’s.
What is the status of the investigation? Did the Chief Investigator submit a report of his findings to the Commissioner? Did the Chief Investigator interview all of the named Superintendents and the resigned WPC who made the complaint?
No attempt should be made to suppress the truth about the Imani who was unfortunately assigned to the Coast Guard unit.
THE NEW TODAY would also like to make a brief passing reference to the national address on Tuesday night by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell in which the high point was a mini-reshuffle of the government.
It’s the prerogative of the Prime Minister to select the persons he considers best suited to form his government and to make the necessary changes when necessary as he sees fit.
There must be something that caused Dr. Mitchell to make the reshuffle among primarily persons who can be considered as holding lesser positions in the administration as Parliamentary Secretaries.
Can these changes really affect the number one issue in the country today of putting “bread” on the table of the ordinary folks?
Will these changes bring about the real and serious changes that are needed in terms of finding the right persons with the capacity to deal with the myriad of problems plaguing the Grenadian economy?
Did the address bring a sense of hope to the hundreds of students who will be leaving school within a matter of days and are looking for real jobs?
Can this mini-reshuffle address the deficit faced by the NNP administration in terms of fulfilling the campaign promise of the delivery of thousands of jobs plus the building of a new economy for Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique?
At this half way stage of the life of the government, what is the situation with the elected Members of Parliament for St. Patrick East (Clifton Paul) and St. George North-east (Tobias Clement) – both of whom have not been given any direct role to play in the government?
Have they fallen off the PM’s radar?
Prime Minister Mitchell is the best person to provide all the answers.