The Prime Minister does not tell me what to do, nor does Astona Browne says Commissioner

 

Walwyn during an exclusive with MiyVue.com said, “I have not had any political interferences, I have said that since I have been here. I work for the office of the Anti-Crime Unit of which the Prime Minister happens to be the minister in-charge of.”

The Commissioner also took the opportunity to dismiss a claim from the opposition that suggests that his office, as Commissioner of Police, was being directed and dictated to in operational and other matters, by the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Denzil Douglas and ambassador Astona Browne, who is the civil servant heading the Anti-Crime Unit.

“I am professional; I didn’t just walk in here. I have the experience, I have the background and I have the training… The Prime Minister does not tell me what do to, Miss Browne does not tell me what to do,” Walwyn said.

Walwyn further stated that when he took the office as Commissioner, he explained to former Minister of National Security, Sam Condor, that if at any time he (Walwyn) was hindered in the performance of his duties, he would resign.

“I told Sam Condor that if you are requiring a person who is going to turn their back when it’s your family committing crimes, you have the wrong person… I told him at any time that I am interfered with in the performance of my duties, it is time for me to get up out of this seat and go back home to my family,” Walwyn said.

Walwyn added that prior to being appointed Commissioner, he attended a meeting for the Regional Anti-Gang Summit (RAGS) where he made statements about Director of Homeland Security Astona Browne. Those comments were said to be praising the Director for her outstanding job she was doing in crime fighting.

“I was taken to the office of Sam Condor and told not to say that again, and I will leave it there. I don’t get interfered with politically; but if that happens, I am prepared to get up out of this seat and go. I don’t have a problem with that,” Walwyn said.

Commissioner Walwyn also brushed away similar claims of interference that have emerged from another former Minister of National Security, Dwyer Astaphan. The charge that there are government officials influencing his decisions, said Walwyn are without basis.

Astaphan has also questioned the qualifications and experience of Walwyn, suggesting that there are and were better qualified Kittitians and Nevisians in the force that could have done a better job than is being accomplished by Walwyn, who too is a native of the country but resided overseas in St. Croix since in his early teens and then in Texas, USA, as a young adult.

 “I have nothing to lose by quitting this job. Nothing,” Walwyn said while sitting in his office with MiyVue.com in an extensive interview that will feature a series of articles.    


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