|Government and head of VDC still in impasse|
|Sunday, 24 March 2013 11:25|
WILLEMSTAD — Last Thursday Minister-president Daniel Hodge repeated that Edsel Gumbs will not return as head of the intelligence service VDC. During a meeting this week the minister-president, Gumbs and his lawyer continued their discussion on a compromise in the case.
As the Amigoe reported earlier, if the case cannot be settled amicably, Gumbs will continue legal proceedings against the government to clear his name and to maintain his function as head of VDC.
This case has been going on for over two years now. Right after the installation of the new government on 10-10-’10, crisis of confidence arose between Gumbs and former premier Gerrit Schotte (MFK) after data on the screening of ministers was leaked to the media. Schotte had subsequently denied Gumbs access to the buildings of the VDC several times.
Gumbs had instituted summary proceedings against the government three times and won each case. The discussion of the basic procedure in these cases, whereby Gumbs demands he return as head of the VDC, is still pending owing to the negotiations on a compromise, whereby Gumbs is given a similar position elsewhere. Gumbs also demands inspection of the document in which the government bases its viewpoint that he cannot return to the VDC.
Hodge stated Thursday that Gumbs doesn’t have a problem with the fact that he will not return to the VDC. The minister-president wasn’t informed that Gumbs requested inspection of the document with allegations against his person. Hodge stated that Gumbs wants the entire situation to end.
The government’s intention is to offer the former head of VDC a position. Only one of the three possible functions that the government had in mind for him is left. One of these functions was director of the prison and then there was a position with the Council for administration of law, said Hodge.
In any case, a new function will not be created for Gumbs. Hodge: “There are numerous functions for which a civil servant could qualify. The person’s qualities, education and experienced are considered. The problem is that many functions suitable for Gumbs are already filled. If there’s nothing to offer in line with his expertise, we must seek an alternative, which is where we stand now.”
The situation regarding Gumbs cannot continue infinitely, the minister-president explained. “There comes a time to make a choice. We must put an end to this situation.”
Hodge doesn’t wish to say much more about the case. “It’s not wise to disturb a sitting bird.” For that matter, Hodge doesn’t think a service such as the VDC should be in the publicity that much. There must be confidence in such a service both locally and internationally. “Let’s bear in mind that in similar cases both parties are guilty”, said the minister-president.