Acting Prime Minister Jack Warner says it is "patently absurd" for dismissed Police Service Commission chairman Nizam Mohammed to ask President George Maxwell Richards to explain why he revoked his appointment. In an interview yesterday after attending the re-opening of Fort George Road, Moruga, Warner said: "In my humble view it is absurd to ask His Excellency to give an explanation for his actions.
"It is absurd and it tells you why we are where we are today, that we are questioning His Excellency and he must give explanation for why he acted as he acted. It has to be patently absurd."
Mohammed, whose appointment was revoked on Monday because of his controversial statements about ethnic imbalance in the Police Service, had asked the President to give reasons for revoking his appointment. Saying he found Mohammed's request difficult to accept, Warner, who is also Works and Transport Minister, said Mohammed did not ask publicly why he had been appointed so he should not ask now why he was dismissed. However, Warner quickly added he did not want to say much on the matter. "The Prime Minister has spoken, the leader of the Opposition has spoken and His Excellency has acted and as for me let the chips fall where they fall. I am not going to say anything (else) at this point," he added.
Asked about calls for commission member Addison Khan, who supported Mohammed, to step down, he said: "I don't want to say anything about Addison Khan, what he should do or what he should not do. "I made a release on this matter and the Prime Minister will be back here on Friday and she will speak on this matter. I don't want to say anything and even to be accused of being premature at this stage."
Dismissing calls for the removal of the President for sacking Mohammed, Warner said: "There are some things in life that one must be dismissive of and that is one such thing." He said he refused to dignify nonsense with a comment. Meanwhile, the President has since refused to comment on Mohammed's call for him to state specifically and precisely why his appointment was revoked.