Army Chief-of-Staff Commodore Gary Best’s decision to withhold bonuses from soldiers lands him in court – 11th Mar 2013
It has to do with the alleged refusal of the Chief-of-Staff to pay 2012 bonuses that had been awarded across the board by the Commander-In-Chief, President Donald Ramotar, to the Army.
The officers are contending through their Attorney, Abiola Wong, that the action of the Chief-of-Staff was beyond his legal power and authority, arbitrary, null, void and unconstitutional.
Chief Justice, Ian Chang on March 12, gave Best until March 19 to show why the orders being sought by the military officers should not be made final.
The officers want the High Court to quash the Chief-of Staff’s decision to withhold the payment and issue a mandatory order compelling him to pay them forthwith.
According to the officers, Best had no discussion or jurisdiction to place any restriction on the payment of the money. They said the Commander-in-Chief, in granting the one-month pay-out, had not imposed any restrictions.
The officers who have filed the action against the Chief-of-Staff are Major Leslie Ramlall, Captain Rono Joseph, Captain Lancelot Fraser and Lieutenant (Coast Guard) Andre Cush.