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The Director of Personnel
Administration (DPA) has
appointed the National Insurance
Property Development Co Ltd
(Nipdec) to advertise internation-
ally for a firm to recruit five pos-
sible commissioners of police.
This was disclosed in the Senate
yesterday by Independent senator
Subhas Ramkhelawan during his
contribution to the debate on a
bill to increase the 2012/2013
budget by $2.8 billion.
"I am advised we are at the stage
where the DPA has appointed
Nipdec to start the process of put-
ting out international advertise-
ments to recruit a firm which will
go out and seek to get a shortlist
for a commissioner of police"
"So the next stage of the process
is to find a recruiter that will go
and do the interviews and then
come up with a shortlist of five
persons who would be considered
eligible for the position of Police
Ramkhelawan said this was only
the second stage of a five-part
process to select a commissioner
"This is where have we reached
in the permanent appointment or
replacement of a commissioner of
He made the disclosure as he
criticised the length of time it has
been taking to appoint a perma-
ment commissioner of police,
which he said is essential in
increasing efficiency in the fight
Ramkhelawan said since the new
Police Service Act of 2007, there
had been only one permanent
commissioner of police (Canadian
Dwayne Gibbs), and that was given
The Police Service Commission
in July 2012 appointed Deputy
Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams to act as CoP after Gibbs
resigned. Ramkhelawan said almost
a year has gone by since Williams
was appointed to act.
The Police Service Comission
has not yet been enjoined in this
process of selecting a commis-
sioner of police, he said. That hap-
pens only after the commission is
presented with the shortlist of pos-
"The PSC is supposed to make
a recommendation for an appoint-
ment, through the President, to
the Lower House, but that has not
happened as yet.
"Only when the shortlist is pre-
pared, it goes to the PSC. Then
the PSC selects one of the five
people and recommends him to
the President, who sends it to the
Lower House to vote upon."
Retrenchment is quietly taking place
at the Water and Sewerage Authority
(WASA) and close to 600 workers have
already been offered a Voluntary Sep-
aration of Employment Package
(VSEP), Opposition Senator Dr Lester
Henry said in the Senate yesterday.
Henry said he was informed some of
these workers were told they had to
accept the VSEP and were actually fired.
He charged that the fired workers
were being replaced by "family and
friends." Henry was making his con-
tribution to the debate on a government
bill to increase the 2012/2013 budget
by $2.8 billion. Claiming WASA was a
"hotbed of corruption and nepotism,"
he said, "They have been implementing
VSEP very quietly under IDB condi-
tionalities because of the big money
they got recently.
"Close to 600 workers have already
been given VSEP. Some of them said
they were told they have to take it. It
was not voluntary. They were fired.
And every time they send home some-
one, they hire someone s friend or fam-
ily."Henry said the number of workers
at WASA had not actually decreased.
This caused Minister of the Envi-
ronment and Water Resources Ganga
Singh to spring to his feet.
Singh said "six hundred and forty-
something" workers voluntarily took
the VSEP, which was being done in
accordance with International Monetary
Fund conditionalities and in consultation
with several trade unions, he said.
Singh asked Henry to provide evi-
dence that workers who were sent home
were being replaced.
Henry said: "You want me to call
names and addresses?"
But without providing the evidence,
he continued his attack on WASA,
charging that its favourite firms were
"SIS and TOSL."
"They are winning all the favourite
contracts. And what about the manager
for whom a BMW was procured, and
a Range Rover? My information is that
this person is going for a third vehi-
Henry said he knew that after his
disclosures there would be an interro-
gation of WASA employees. He also
took a shot at the Airports Authority
(AA), which he said was being run like
the personal parlour of a certain official
with qualifications that could not be
Henry said mismanagement at the
AA had resulted in serious security
lapses, as the number of officers on
duty at the airport is lower than the
required figure. He said he had more
bombshells to drop about other state
enterprises, including one for Finance
Minister Larry Howai involving the
Clico matter. He also threw a parting
shot at former CAL chairman Rabindra
Moonan, who has been appointed
chairman of the Housing Development
"How could you sit there with
straight faces and tolerate that?" he
asked. Moonan s new appointment has
been criticised by the Opposition
because of what they say was his "dis-
astrous" record at CAL.
Henry, indicating that the Oppo-
sition did not support the bill requesting
an increase in the budget, dismissed
Howai s boast that the economy had
seen growth. (YB)
hits delay in naming CoP
'Family and friends'
workers, says Henry
Opposition senator Lester Henry speaks during yesterday's debate in the Senate.
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