GDF officers who sued Chief of Staff sent off the job

KEN BOOTH –  FREEDOM STREET

GDF officers who sued Chief of Staff sent off the job

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Written by Demerara Waves
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:42

gdflogoThe four Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officers, who have sued Chief of Staff, Commodore Gary Best for allegedly refusing to pay them a one-month bonus, have been “immediately” relieved of duties in their respective units, the army said in a statement.

The GDF said the Defence Board issued the instruction “given the serious nature of the matters, its implications, (and) the avoidance of any conflict of interest which may arise.”  

According to the statement, the relief of their appointments is without prejudice to leave entitlements and pecuniary benefits, until the determination of their matters. The decision, according to Defence Force, also makes way for the officers to pursue their legal matters. Relieving them of their appointments does not mean that they have been fired or demoted but instead their duties and responsibilities have been withdrawn from them and they are now at home.

The GDF assured that the decision has been taken without prejudice to leave entitlements and pecuniary benefits, until the determination of their matters.

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.

The matters come up again before Chief Justice Ian Chang on March 19 when the Chief of Staff is expected to begin showing cause 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. Therefore, the officers believe that the Chief-of-Staff’s action was beyond his legal power and authority, arbitrary, null, void and unconstitutional.

LORD  NELSON  –  KING LIAR
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