National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has told reporters that he found a recent meeting between the Police Welfare Association (PWA) and opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre ‘ a little strange’.
Francis disclosed that he has not yet met with PWA President Travis Chicot.
“I don’t know why we have not made contact so that he can come and visit me – all I know for a fact is that he has had a meeting with the leader of the opposition and not his minister as yet,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner asserted.
“Whether the leader of the opposition sent him an invitation and he accepted it, I found it a little strange that he spoke to him even before he spoke to his minister,” Francis said.
He stated that his office is always open.
“You could speak to (former PWA President) Camron Laure and he would tell you that the relationship that I have with the Welfare Association and especially the police, being a former President of the Welfare Association on two occasions, I understand what it is,” the minister stated.
Francis declared that protocol would dictate that the Commissioner of Police would be the first person to visit so that he could be informed about the PWA’s plans.
“The next person is the minister – and yes, I agree that at some time you meet the leader of the opposition because the opposition is really a party in waiting. If we do not perform then most probably they would be the party in power,”Francis explained.
He said the opposition therefore needed to get a sense of what the PWA is doing.
However Francis suggested that the PWA had done things in ‘reverse’.