…allegedly threatens to assassinate PresidentRanks of the Guyana Police Force are investigating a call that was allegedly placed at the Emergency 911 system by an inmate of the Lusignan Prison who has allegedly threatened to assassinate President David Granger.This was confirmed by Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, who further stated that the prisoner is being questioned by police.President David GrangerContacted earlier today, Samuels explained that the police are still to ascertain if the caller had used the prison’s phone or a mobile phone.The prisoner, identified as Alim Ally, reportedly made the call and told the person at the other end of the line that he would kill the President when he gets out of prison.Ally was convicted for assault, and is serving a two-year sentence. However, Samuels noted that the matter would be investigated thoroughly.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine told media operatives that Police ranks had made significant progress in the investigation, but he refused to divulge any further details. He nevertheless stated that the police are continuing to investigate the matter.Earlier in the year, Andriff Gillard had alleged that he was offered $7 million to assassinate the Guyanese Head of State.He had accused popular Grove, East Bank Demerara businessman Nizam Khan of being the mastermind. After Gillard’s appearance on a television newscast, an investigation was launched.After weeks of continuous probe, the President himself requested that a Commission of Inquiry be launched into the merits of the accusation. Almost two months after, the findings were presented to the President with several recommendations.However, the inquiry found that the story told by Gillard was not corroborated.
The intervention of the Guyana Association of Municipalities (GAM) has resulted in Guyana now returning to full-term membership status, under the Caribbean Local Government Association (CALGA).CALGA Second Vice President Anthony Roberts on Sunday wrapped up a three-day visit to Guyana where he delivered the good news to the Communities Ministry and the GAM. The CALGA official arrived last Thursday and met with Government and the GAM, noting that Guyana was elevated from observer status under the CALGA after fulfilling the relevant requirements. Guyana’s status was downgraded a few years ago, but measures were taken by the GAM to correct theGAM President Carwyn Holland and CALGA officialAnthony Roberts lapse. Roberts also expressed his satisfaction with the push for decentralisation and commended Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for the positive report he received from the local municipalities, as he encouraged Guyana to keep pushing in the direction of full autonomy for local organs. He also noted that there was still minimal friction between local organs and central and regional governments over interference.Minister Bulkan, in response, thanked CALGA for the confidence expressed and pledged Guyana’s full support to the regional organ, while committing to ensuring local government organs were fully equipped to carry out their functions effectively. GAM, which was instrumental in facilitating the visit which followed a recent CALGA strategic planning meeting in Trinidad, has recorded its second international success since being resuscitated, after earlier gaining Guyana a place `on the executive body of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. GAM President Carwyn Holland, who is also the outgoing Mayor of Linden, thanked CALGA for recognising the importance of Guyana’s contribution regionally and lobbied for Guyana to be the next host of the CALGA executive meeting, slated for June 2018. Holland noted that Guyana was a founder member of the Association and it was most fitting for the country to be the host. Roberts was also a Guest Speaker at the Corriverton Phagwah celebrations and met with the Mayor and Councillors there. Last Saturday, he held a meeting with the GAM executives and later travelled to Linden for sight-seeing and a meeting with the outgoing Mayor and Councillors. Roberts also called for Guyana’s support as the regional body seeks observer status with the Caribbean Community (Caricom).