It was also around this same time following the burning down of the PNC headquarters that Norman McLean was moved from being Director General of the Guyana National Service (GNS) to head the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), an appointment which shocked many. It was widely believed that due to reported family relations, McLean got the nod as Burnham had become distrustful of the high command in the GDF, as it was around the same time the WPA had begun to make significant inroads into the army. Current PNCR Leader, Brigadier David Granger was also appointed Commander of the GDF in that same year. Asked about this on Thursday when he testified at the inquiry, McLean said while he was surprised at Burnham’s move to make him Chief-of-Staff and knowing that the office of the PNC General Secretary was burnt down, he did not connect his appointment to that incident. He said he was not sure about the reason for his appointment but disclosed that the head at that time, Colonel Price had passed the age of retirement. He said too that many senior officers were disgruntled as they had expected to be promoted. Double-agent Gates It is against this background that former Policeman Allan Robert Gates, who was used as a double-agent for both the WPA and the State, gave his testimony at the inquiry on Friday. Gates, who holds himself out as security expert, told the Commission that he was a bodyguard for Dr Roopnaraine, while at the same time working as a spy agent for the State. He told the inquiry at one time he was given overpacked ammunitions by his superiors whom he named as Laurie Lewis and Police Officer “Chico” to kill Dr Roopnaraine, but because of his love for the WPA Co-leader, he opted to abscond from the Force and instead disposed of the ammunition in the Berbice River during his escape to Sand Hills, Upper Berbice River. He shared that he first met Dr Roopnaraine while the WPA co-leader was in the lock-ups for the burning of the PNC Secretariat. Allan Robert Gates alias Clive De Nobrega Gibbs , who is currently serving a 48-month sentence at the Camp Street Prison, for allegedly obtaining money by false pretence, said he was paid an extra $500 dollars on his monthly salary of $365 back in 1979 by the Guyana Police Force, to work as an undercover agent in the WPA. His role was to survey the activities of the political party, while being bodyguard to Dr Roopnaraine. A section of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry’s Terms of Reference speaks to the involvement of all security forces during late 1970s and early 1980s in surveillance of the political Opposition. Gates said he was told by his superiors also that he needed to take notes of all Dr Roopnaraine’s movements. “Wherever he went, whoever spoke to him,” Gates said. He told the inquiry that his involvement in the surveillance activity came at a time when members of the WPA were going through a difficult period. He said following the burning of the building sometime on July 11, 1979, the morning after the fire, Dr Roopnaraine found himself in custody, sitting before him at a unit at CID headquarters. According to him, his instructions were “not to allow him (Dr Roopnaraine) any phone calls”. Gates said he was surprised, since it was not the normal trend of the Police Force to refuse anyone in custody phone calls unless they were considered a threat to national security. He said he found himself in conversation with Dr Roopnaraine and it was then that he found out that the politician was in search of a bodyguard. The former Police Officer told the inquiry that he accepted the offer and had made plans to remove himself from the Police Force. However, that decision was shortlived, since, instead of him getting out, he was pushed in deeper.