Tuesday morning the Minister for Internal Affairs Mr Errol Fonseka, accompanied by Commissioner Ted Barbe paid a courtesy call to The Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission Chairman Mrs Macintyre at the Commission’s Headquarters based in Perseverance.
Discussion held evolved around the TRNUC Act, its mandate, complaints procedures, investigation aspects, identifying suspects and culprits, reparations for victims among others. The meeting was more or less a learning curve for both sides as points discussed concentrated mainly on challenges faced by both parties in regards to cases which have been before the Commission so far and possible spill offs which the Police should be made aware of in order to better deal with if need be after the Commission’s mandate ends in August next year.
Existing legal framework that needs to be reviewed and new policies to accommodate the commission’s findings and recommendations were points of no contention for the Minister and TRNUC Chairman if the final product from the whole process is to be a success.
Both parties acknowledged constraints of limited resources as major setback to more effectiveness in the performance and delivery to their clients but also appreciate positive differences made in the lives of many who have been through the TRNUC process.
Also present in the Minister’s delegation were Head of visible Policing Chief Superintendent Francis Songoire and CID Chief Superintendent Justin Dogley and Director for Trafficking in persons Bureau Ms Ina Laporte while in attendance from the TRNUC’s side were two commissioners namely Mrs Marie Therese Purvis and Mrs Marie May Leon.