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Minister Persaud did a lot of damage – Granger

Opposition Leader David Granger

Leader of the Opposition David Granger says departing Minister of Local Government Ganga Persaud has done a lot of damage.

He made the comment to the media in response to the minister’s announcement on Thursday that he had resigned from the post with effect from January 31.

I’m quite clueless, I don’t understand his sudden removal.  We know that  the local government elections are in the offing and we know that Minister Rohee has been made General Secretary of the party but I don’t have a clue why Mr. Persaud would go off at this time.

From a political point of view we felt that he had done a lot of damage to the local government system whilst he was the point man in dismantling the neighbourhood democratic councils and installing IMCs, so he has done a lot of damage,” Granger told reporters.

Asked about a likely replacement he suggested the government could replace Persaud with Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee. The opposition parties have had a running feud with Rohee and have refused to support any business appearing in the National Assembly in his name.

Granger added that they were looking ahead to the local elections and hoped that the announcements about them being possible by mid-year would be borne out.