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Former Guyana High Commissioner to Canada files GYD$49 million lawsuit for wrongful dismissal

Harrinarine Nawbatt

Harrinarine Nawbatt (Stabroek News photo)

Guyana’s former High Commissioner to Canada, Harry Narine Nawbatt is suing the Guyana government for more than GYD$49 million for breach of employment contract.

In court papers seen by Demerara Waves Online News, Nawbatt is suing for damages in excess of  GYD$25 million for breach of contract of employment and special damages for GYD$24,295,104.

The former High Commission said he  June 8,  2015, Ms. Audrey Waddell, Director General (ag), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, wrongfully and in repudiatory breach of the said agreement purported to terminate the Plaintiff’s employment and wrongfully dismissed him.

“I have been directed to inform you that your appointment as High Commissioner of Guyana to Canada will end on August 31, 2015 at which time you will be reposted to Guyana. Accordingly you are hereby asked to finalize all the necessary arrangements relating to the conclusion of your post and departure. Please note that all benefits accruable at post will end on August 31, 2015,” Waddell told Nawbatt in the letter.

As far as the termination of the contract was concerned, Nawbatt  could have given the Guyana government three months’ written notice. Similarly, the Guyana government could have given similar notice but also required to pay him six months salary and station allowance in lieu of notice.

His lawyers are Anil Nandlall, Euclin Gomes, Sase Gunraj, Manoj Narayan and Sasha Mahadeo.

Nawbatt says in the court papers that he was contracted on February 10, 2015  to February 9, 2016 by the Guyana Government  as High Commissioner to Canada at a monthly salary of GYD$$773,801, a monthly station allowance of US$4,500. The contract also stipulates that he is entitled to a 22½% of the basic salary payable in six-monthly periods or on termination of his Contract of Employment.  The former envoy says the Guyana government had agreed to pay costs of primary, secondary or tertiary education of his children.

He was also entitled to free use of a chauffeur-driven car, business class air fares between Guyana and the city of his post for himself, spouse and children under 25 years old n posting transfer between posts and termination of his services.

He states that he was also entitled to approved excess baggage charges and cash  for unutilized tickets.

Nawbatt further states that the Guyana government agreed to pay for the hotel and travelling expenses incurred by him, his spouse and children under twenty-five (25) years of age prior to the provision of free furnished accommodation. When he  has to remain in a hotel for a period in excess of two (2) months, he shall be required to meet one-third of the cost of meals taken by himself and family.

He says that the Guyana government had agreed to pay the cost of him shipping the personal effects – including one 20-foot container of items, two private motor vehicles-from to and from Guyana or the place of his residence to the city of post and/or such other place of convenience on the termination of this Contract of Employment or between posts in the event he is transferred from one post to another. In addition, Nawbatt says he was entitled to a waiver of all duties/taxes eligible in Guyana on his personal effects and/or the said motor vehicles

He says he was entitled to 42 days vacation leave or payment of salary, station allowance or other relevant allowances in lieu thereof.

The former Guyana High Commissioner to Canada says the Guyana government had agreed to reimburse him 66⅔ of the premiums payable in regard to a plan/or plans of insurance provided on an individual or group basis, for medical, dental, hospitalization and post-hospitalization benefits himself, his spouse and dependents provided the insurance is maintained and/or is operative in the country where he is stationed.  If no medical insurance programme is available, public funds shall be used to defray two-thirds (⅔) of the cost of medical attention provided for him and his family.

Alternatively, the Guyana government will pay if necessary, the contributions payable by the employer to National Insurance providing medical and other related benefits when such insurance is available on the territory in which he is stationed.




  • Emile_Mervin

    Has anyone ever heard a diplomat suing for salary and benefits as a result of termination of service tied to change of government?

    The PPP created a political environment conducive for financial gain to its political appointees, and that environment is now a minefield of explosions for the coalition trying to navigate.

    What exactly did this guy do that is worth GY$49m in severance package? Jagdeo should sell his mansions and lean on his Barbie Doll to help compensate his political appointees being ditched by the coalition?

    • rs dasai

      Please remove yourself from this unknown area of his contract.

      • Emile_Mervin

        NO, I won’t! You seem woefully ignorant of the contracts the PPP regime signed with its political appointees for financial gain.

        • rs dasai

          Slow down Baayo. Unless we know the ‘terms’ of a contract, we are still in the dark. The other matters are irrelevant and should not be used to support or defend. Let dem baaya handle it.

          • Emile_Mervin

            The terms of the contract were reportedly published in the news item above. Did you not read it? Once public funds are involved, we cannot leave it to them boys to resolve. After all, we see them boys are not better than the ones they replaced. Bare hustlers!

          • rs dasai

            I guess that we have to wait and see. LOL

    • SYL

      I’m an entrepreneur, but I guess its better being a diplomat , easy money galore. .

    • KassemB

      ‘Has anyone ever heard a diplomat suing for salary and benefits as a result of termination of service tied to change of government?’
      Your usual memory
      As one example, remember Cedric Grant?

      • Emile_Mervin

        Spill the beans on Guyana’s former Ambassador to Washington! Let’s see how your facts match up against a guy who was appointed in February 2015 and with less than 6 months in his post when there was a regime change.
        Do you have any freaking idea how many contracts were being signed just prior to the May 11, 2015 elections because the PPP wanted to make sure certain political associates were financially secure in event of regime change?

        • KassemB

          Why the diversion?
          Am I right about Cedric Grant?

          • Emile_Mervin

            Where is the diversion? You injected Cedric Grant (1935-2005) into this blog like as though you had facts to back up your injection. FYI, Cedric Grant was such a distinguished career diplomat that Dr. Odeen Ishmael described him as a scholar and patriot. Nawbatt was appointed Ambassador to Canada on February 2015, and it was only for one, so was his service as a diolomat for one year worth GY$49m? Stop defending foolishness!

          • KassemB

            You cannot accept defeat
            You seems to believe that if you accept defeat you might get ko ko bey
            Did Cedric Grant took the Gov’t to Court after 1992 when he was recalled?
            Yes or No?

          • Emile_Mervin

            Accept defeat? We are blogging information; not engaged in a war of the victor and the vanquished. If I knew Dr. Grant took the PPP to court after 1992 would I have asked the question (Has anyone ever heard a diplomat suing for salary and benefits as a result of termination of service tied to change of government?) in my original post? You chose to respond to my QUESTION without providing even an extracted piece from any newspaper archive. How hard is that?

          • KassemB

            ‘what was the outcome of the suit?
            From the reports at the time, the Gov’t had to pay up.
            The reason I mention Cedric Grant I knew it from memory and he and his family was my childhood neighbour.
            His whole family
            A very hard working and descent family

  • Gtloyal

    “… Harry Narine Nawbatt is suing the Guyana government for more than GYD$49 million …” The Government only administers what belong to the people so he is coming up against the people of Guyana.
    Harry Narine Nawbatt , Anil Nandlall, Euclin Gomes, Sase Gunraj, Manoj Narayan and Sasha Mahadeo. What an ethnically balanced group against the people of Guyana!
    Should they go before Apollo’s virgin goddess sister and win, (she gave Nandall the last one) shouldn’t we agree to pay him a thousand GT every month until the debt is paid in full? That’s what we the people can afford with what Nandall and his people left us.

  • KassemB

    ‘what did he achieve for guyana during his appointment in canada’
    Where in the Contract the reference to achievement?
    You lost your argument and Case and exposed your political position