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Haslyn Parris hailed as “devout Guyanese” as last rites read

 

President David Granger, Dr Barton Scotland and State Minister Joseph Harmon

President David Granger, Dr Barton Scotland and State Minister Joseph Harmon

President David Granger, along with several other senior members of Government and other political zealots paid their final respects to the late William Haslyn Parris, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Guyana, at a  funeral service held at the St. Anthony’s of Padua Parish in Buxton.

The other dignitaries included Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, Minister of Education, Rupert Roopnaraine, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, Speaker of the National Assembly, Barton Scotland, former President Donald Ramotar and former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds.

Parris was born in Buxton Village, East Coast Demerara, on March 2, 1941 and died at the Balwant Singh Hospital, Georgetown on March 28, 2016, a few weeks after his 75th birthday.

In a eulogy delivered at the service by one of his daughters, the former Deputy PM was hailed as one of Guyana’s most true patriots.

“Everyone agrees that my father was a patriot but I think that Guyana was his religion. He was a devout Guyanese,” said Sarah Parris.

Former President Donald Ramotar and Former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds

Former President Donald Ramotar and Former Prime Minister Samuel Hinds

Parris was educated at Queen’s College, Georgetown, where he won the Guiana Scholarship in 1959. He attended the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, earning a BSc (Mathematics) in 1962 and the London School of Economics where he then earned a BSc (Economics) in 1966 and an MSc (Economics) in 1967.

Up to the time of his passing, he had served as a member of the government-appointed Steering Committee on Constitutional Reform that has been established to chart the way forward to further amend the 1980 Constitution.

He had previously served as Coordinator of an Oversight Committee on Constitutional Reform Commission from 1999 to 2000 and was also a former member of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

  • Emile_Mervin

    If a picture paints a thousand words, the one with Dr. Scotland separating Granger from Harmon paints a million. Granger is at a funeral and he looks more angry than sad. Harmon looks…

    • Surujpaul Rampersaud

      First my sympathy to the bereaving Parris family.
      Please note that anger is not a hallmark of management. As a manager, you take responsibility for what you do and also what your subordinates do. I see no reason why Mr. Harmon should be fired. President Granger needs to set protocols on the SOP for his ministers. Issues like this happen will all new governments and the President needs to show that he is still the man in charge.

      • Emile_Mervin

        You see no reason why Harmon should be fired, Suruj? Well, that’s because you are not a manager who understands the effects of corruption. In political or corporate world, elected officials and managers are forbidden to engage in quid pro quo deals. And even in the absence of a Code of Ethics or protocols, as you noted are needed, basic commonsense should inform Harmon’s thinking and action here because of who BK is. Furthermore, Guyana is a small place, so if you sneeze in Berbice, someone in Essex uno catches a cold.

        What Harmon did constituted not only an act of corruption by rewarding BK with an honorary appointment and publicly admitting the fact, but gross insubordination that was an embarrassment to his boss.

        Do you have any idea what it means for Granger to have to find out about this ill-advised appointment in the media like everyone else? Do you? The man was so embarrassed and angry that rather than wait for Harmon to return from China with an explanation and a reversal of his own decision, Granger had to step in an revoked the appointment.

        • Surujpaul Rampersaud

          I buy everything you say, but is it not BOA for advisors to ministers of the cabinet to be discussed at Cabinet level and some level of screening is done? If this not in place then it should be enacted ASAP before this is repeated.