[Note by Editor:
This article was submitted to Stabroek News on May 18th, 2006.
It was not published. It was published on May 20, 2006 by the
Guyana Chronicle. A letter on Roger Khan (see article Roger
Khan: Only Obstacle to the Black Militants) was also submitted
to Stabroek News and Chronicle. Again, Chronicle published it,
but Stabroek News, did not. Stabroek News is against Roger Khan
and the phantoms. Stabroek News is trying hard to shape public
opinion on this matter. Stabroek News will publisheh letters by
Blacks (e.g., Tacuma Ogunseye) on the so-called resistance fighters
in Buxton, but it will not entertain any letters from anyone on
support for Roger Khan or the phantom leaders. Strangely, after
writing two editorials on the army recently, both of which refused
to pose solid questions to the Chief of Staff, Edwards Collins,
it has refused to carry this article herein.]
original frontpage image used by Kaieteur News; however,
only the standard AK-47 image
relevant. Further, the army has claimed that 30 (not 33) AKs are
missing, but who is to say
such distrustful leaders from the army under Cheif of Staff Brigadier
pro-active, courageous and co-ordinated approach from all stakeholders
will stop the slide into narco-anarchy and the end of Guyana's
last chance at becoming an ordered society, I again call upon
you to let us band together this day and pledge to give our people
some hope.”—The Brigadier
on the 40th anniversary of the army, 2005.
said he was in daily contact with three senior army officers (all
of whom he named) on the status of the investigation and that
this was done with the knowledge of Chief-of-Staff Brigadier General
Edward Collins.—Stabroek News, May 21, 2006
"To my disbelief, just 13 days after the meeting took place,
on March 19, I became the subject of one of the largest joint
operations ever undertaken in the history of the joint services."
The"unwillingness or disinclination on the part of the security
forces."— Roger Khan]
of Staff, Edwards Collins, 2005. Right, FBI supposedly assisting
the army in the investigations.
Recently, in light of two Sunday editorials by Stabroek News about
the army, I have listed a few questions for the Brigadier Edwards
Collins, the Chief of Staff. I raise these questions for the sake
of legitimate documentation.
1. Would the final army report about the missing guns be made
available to media houses, as it should be, and the findings subjected
to external audits? After all, the army cannot be trusted to conduct
an investigation into its own mishaps?especially in light of events
these past few months.
2. The Chief of Staff claims that no one is immune from interrogations.
If so, why have the homes of the "masterminds" involved
with the Buxton Gang, not raided and those individuals? names
not in the papers, although they are at the center of a national
3. On April 2, Lt. Col. Claude Fraser said the army was "pretty
sure that the guns are not being moved around but that they are
locked down somewhere." He did not mention anything about
2001 or 30 AK-47s being missing (not 33). Was critical information
withheld from the public?
4. On April 6th, the last "briefing" by Brigadier Collins
was done at the Police Officers' conference, where the revealing
information was made public. Are we to assume that between April
2 and April 6, the army made critical discoveries? Would the media
be allowed to verify the genesis of this change?
5. Why was the "briefing" by the brigadier done at the
police conference? Was this to deflect attention, since the conference
was already shrouded with the Felix controversy?
6. In a time when every word from the army needs to be carefully
measured, what does the brigadier mean by saying that the army
wants to return "national security" (or Guyana) "back
to the point where it was before the disappearance" of the
weapons, knowing well that "national security" has been
under threat since 2001, if not before?
7. Does the brigadier think that the noticeable silence from the
PNC on the grave army lapse would historically affect the image
of the army, given that historians would interpret this as evidence
of a supposed collusion between the army and PNC interests?
of the AK-47 which we on this website believe was placed by the
"masterminds" of the Buxton Blueprint, to fault the
East Indians of Enterprise. The army under Brigadier Collins issued
a press release (June 3) which stated that the gun was found in
a clump of bush in Enterprise. This was a diversion tactic to
shift the attention away from the "masterminds" and
top-brasses in the army and police to Roger Khan and also, strangely,
to the people of Enterprise, ECD.
8. In similar light, is the brigadier concerned
that in a racially polarized nation, at least half of the public
now regards the true motive for joint-services raids, as a campaign
against certain Indian businessmen (e.g., Roger Khan), a bogus
search for guns? Take, for example, the Stabroek News cartoon
(dated 04/02/06) in which the police commissioner is depicted
as stompin? over the city while a rodent-like smuggler carrying
his bag of weapons, watches bemused and says; ?An I done move
out long time?hee hee.?
9. Does it matter to the Chief of Staff that the raid on the home
of an Indian PNC MP is being seen NOT as a mistake, but as an
army-police ploy to counter the aforementioned popular belief?
10. How high up the mountain has the trail led thus far? In other
words, is any senior army figure being protected from investigation,
given that it is rather suspicious that at the very least, no
senior army official has been held for such a historic and colossal