Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo during a press briefing on Wednesday responded to Opposition Leader and Leader of the People’s National Congress/Reform (PNC/R) Aubrey Norton who claimed that the police who were trailing him were being used as political tools.
In response, the Vice President said, “If we wanted to covertly trail Norton, you wouldn’t have two men riding behind him just like that and then what are you gonna find out?
Jagdeo made it clear that the Government is not interested in what the Opposition Leader is doing.
“We don’t have any interest in finding out about who trailing Norton and find out what Norton is doing,” the VP stated.
Jagdeo recalled the period when the People’s Progressive Party/Civic were in opposition where there were several instances similar to this incident. “They place a camera in front of Freedom House and with special feeds going to political people….that is what they did, it didn’t help them much.”
In a video posted on social media, Norton was seen confronting two ranks on motorcycles who were following him as he was leaving the home of Quindon Bacchus.
Norton had questioned why they were following him and they responded “that they were just following orders.”
During a press conference on Tuesday, Norton contended that he would write the Guyana Police Force but said, “I am not sure as a police state emerges, they have interest in anybody writing them.”
He said he would have just told them they were following orders and being used as political tools but noted that there had to be actions to deal with the Guyana Police Force’s leadership.
Meanwhile, Acting Commissioner of Police Clifton Hicken said he was unaware that ranks from the force had trailed the Opposition Leader.