Controversy continues to surround Carrette’s appointment as Chief of Police
As September 20th, 2011 slowly approaches, controversy continues to surround the appointment of Mr. Cyrille Carrette as Chief of Police, which is supposed to take effect on the said date.
Yesterday, cabinet secretary Mr. Felix Gregoire held a press briefing at the Government Information Service building to clarify claims made by the Leader of the Opposition Honourable Hector John that he was not consulted by the Prime Minister on the appointment of Mr. Carrette as Chief of Police and as such the appointment is null and void.
Section 92:1 of the constitution states that the power to appoint a person to hold or act in the Office of Chief of Police or Deputy Chief of Police is vested in the President, acting in accordance with the Prime Minister after consultation with the Leader of the Opposition and the Police Service Commission.
Mr. Gregoire said in keeping with this section of the constitution, he was instructed by the Prime Minister to contact the Leader of the Opposition by telephone on Wednesday March 9th inviting him to a meeting on Thursday March 10th at 10:00am to discuss the appointment.
However, he says the Leader of the Opposition immediately indicated that he would not be able to attend the meeting on the said date. Considering the significance of the meeting, Gregoire says he then tried engaging him in a discussion in an attempt to persuade him to make the effort to attend, upon which the Leader of the Opposition asked him to put his request in writing, which he did.
Subsequently, Mr Gregoire said that he spoke to the Leader of the Opposition that very same day during which he indicated that he would have been available for the meeting on Monday March 14th, 2011 at 10:00am and requested that Mr. Carrette’s personal files should be made available at the meeting.
According to Gregoire, after being told that personal files of public officers cannot be made available in that manner, John still insisted on having the files be made available at the meeting, so he then asked him to put his request in writing, which he did.
He says the matter was then referred to the Prime Minister who then called Mr. John in his presence.
All our efforts to get comments from the Leader of the Opposition have proven futile.