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Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee defends move to cut senior police’s annual leave in half

In the national assembly today, Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee defended the move by the administration to cut in half the number of days to be granted to senior police officers as part of their annual leave. Senior police officers are usually granted 42 days leave per year. That is now down to 21 and the Home Affairs Minister recently said the reason behind the splitting of the leave is because of the delicate period of national security in the country.

APNU member of parliament and former Police Commissioner Winston Felix today posed a question to the Home Affairs Minister in the National Assembly asking him clarify what he means by delicate period of national security. The minister pointed to a number of statements in the press made by opposition members and social activists about possible protests for various reasons. He said the government must be prepared.

The minister’s statement and decision to cut the leave in half have not found much favour with senior police officers. Some of them have complained about the move saying that there may have been the need for analysing of the very statements the minister referred to.

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