GDF kicks out City Mayor from Reserve for conduct “unbecoming of a soldier”
Former Staff Sergeant Ubraj Narine was disembodied from the Guyana National Reserve of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), with effect from Tuesday, for conduct ‘unbecoming of a soldier.’
In a statement, the GDF said that Narine on Monday was engaged in a civil protest action during which he uttered words that are considered to have promoted racial and religious intolerance, as well as political dissonance.
“Several disparaging comments were made against the Commander in Chief and his government. As a member of the Guyana Defence Force, albeit Regular or Reserve, Mr Narine is required to conduct himself in a manner that uphold the professional image and integrity of the Force,” the statement said.
It continued, “Members of the Force ‘Regular and Reserve’, are required to adhere to the policies, regulations, and protocols of the Force; the Values and Standards of the Guyana Defence Force are examples of such. These require, among others, adherence to Core values such as Discipline, Integrity, and Loyalty.”
On Monday evening, chaos erupted in front of the Georgetown Public Hospital after the Public Works Ministry initiated actions to remove vendors who were impeding traffic opposite the institution.
Prior to the removal, the vendors were given “Violation Notices” and seven days to vacate the area along with whatever they were using to vend.
However, when authorities went to remove the caravans and stalls, the City Mayor threw himself in front of a truck to stop the removal.
Shortly after, Mayor Narine accused President Irfaan Ali of creating an Islamic State. But this came with a backlash from every section of the public, and for his resignation, as he was unfit for the job.
Earlier today, Narine and Opposition Member of Parliament Sherod Duncan were arrested and placed on $100,000 bail for obstructing traffic and attempting to incite racial and ethnic disunity in Guyana.
Based on investigations conducted by the police, a file was submitted for legal advice indicating that Narine and Duncan be jointly charged with the offence of obstructing traffic.
After the charges were read to the duo, several Opposition supporters walked the streets of Georgetown.