UPDATE: Min. of Presidency – Permanent Secretary sent on leave pending SOCU investigation
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), Omar Shariff has been sent on leave by Minister of State, Mr. Joseph Harmon. A media release from the Ministry stated that, “in a letter dated June 30, 2016 to Mr. Shariff, Minister Harmon wrote, “You will recall having informed me that you are now the subject of an investigation by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) of the Guyana Police Force”.
“The Minister, therefore, informed Mr. Shariff in that letter that he should proceed on his Annual Leave from July 1, 2016 to enable him to fully cooperate with the investigation. Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Communities, Ms. Abena Moore will take up the role of Acting Permanent Secretary at MOTP.”
Shariff was this morning arrested by law enforcement officials at his Shiv Chanderpaul Drive office for his alleged involvement in a major fraud.