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Granger refuses to name campaign financiers; assures “it’s not dirty money”

President David Granger

President David Granger

President David Granger has refused to name financiers of the coalition’s 2015 general election campaign and the amounts they gave, saying that he does not want certain businesses to be victims of politically-inspired boycotts.

He assured that the funds received were not proceeds of crime. “We have received money or the coalition, as several parties, did receive monies during the campaign and the donors asked that their identities not be disclosed.

“It’s not dirty money. I know very well that people can be very vindictive once they know that contributions have been made to a political party, they have been blacklisted,” he said on the weekly television programme, Public Interest. He reiterated that some donors such as corporations have asked that their identities be kept secret for fear that they could be boycotted or blacklisted. “We don’t want that kind of witch-hunting in the country and we have complied with the request of donors not to disclose their identities,” he said.

The President assured that when Campaign Financing legislation is approved before Guyana’s next general and regional elections, disclosures would be made in keeping with the law. “We will comply with that law,” he said.

Granger’s refusal to disclose financiers of the coalition’s campaign comes against the background of reports that big companies have doled out of millions of dollars to A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change (AFC) to contest the May 11, 2015 general elections.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo has, meanwhile, rubbished reports that his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) had received campaign financing from the Chinese company, Baishan Lin, for last year’s polls.  He said both the PPP’s General Secretary and Finance Secretary have said that that company has not donated any money to the party. “I spoke with both persons; no, no, none,” he said.

Reacting sharply to assertions by Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) that the government was corrupt because Minister of State Joseph Harmon had halted the seizure of two vehicles from Baishan Lin for alleged tax evasion, the President urged that non-governmental organisation to contact Harmon instead of making wild statements in the media. “If they need information, let them approach Mr. Harmon. When they make statements about the government is corrupt, what does that mean? Does it mean I’m corrupt? … So I would ask TIGI to verify its information before going to the media,”  the President said.

Granger said the issue has since been addressed after concerns by the Finance Minister, Winston Jordan. The President said there would be no intrusion in the work of other ministers.

Concerns have been also raised in several quarters about the now rescinded appointment of Brian “BK” Tiwari as a ministerial advisor on business development.

  • KassemB

    ‘Granger refuses to name campaign financiers; assures “it’s not dirty money’
    It is called APNU cohesion

    • SYL

      This is meant to be a distraction . All the president needs to do is to have a press conference every week or two weeks to communicate effectively to the citizens of the nation. The opposition leader is so disappointed and bitter, that he and the secretary would be willing to give their assets just to find a way to break the coalition and get in the POWER seat again, just to meet out vengeance , he’s churning and burning inside. He’s like a boxer , just looking for a slight opening between punches to deliver the ultimate blow before the 12th round.In every administration of govt. their is a dark side with dark horses , even the mighty USA. The President needs a press secretary to address the nation and answer question that are relevant each week, but he can communicate once a month.In every govt. in the world deals are being cut , with their close associates and friends, but it doesn’t necessary mean that the deals are dirty. Bros. Harmon, and Bulkan, in particular, should step softly.Remember ” THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL” AND WE DO NOT TAKE IT WITH US TO THE OTHER WORLD. So apply commonsense, or you’re just as bad and stupid as a robber. “THINK GUYS”!

      • rs dasai

        Syl
        The ‘love’ of money is never evil.

        • SYL

          Well don’t let us create a useless argument .Money is not evil, its just an instrument of exchange.However, when its applied to the wrong purpose , with the love or craving of it , then it can equate to evil. The most prudent of us all said “the love of money is the root of all evil. He also said “money answers all things”.

      • KassemB

        ‘ ” THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL”‘
        And what about the ‘love of power’ ? and ‘the love to be pun tap’?

        • SYL

          Power , once gotten on a fair basis , and is not enhanced with corruption, is not evil, because as you should know that one of the facets of power is knowledge. So not all persons with power are evil.The word power must be in context of its meaning. Power can be seen as authority to execute , but execute rightfully.

          • KassemB

            I concur but in the context of Guyana it is for the sole purpose of evil and to keep people down.
            Show me otherwise

  • Emile_Mervin

    Mr. President,
    How do you know campaign finance contributions are not dirty if you do not reveal the names of the financiers? And who will boycott businesses if the names of owners are revealed as campaign financiers? You need better excuse than these lame ones.
    You should be explaining to the nation how come it is that Harmon traveled to China only to learn that the US$5M that the Chinese company owed for the 20% shares it bought from GT&T was paid but no one seems to know when it was paid and where the money is.
    Co-incidentally, it has turned out that your Attorney-General made a secret deal with BK recently to pay him US$5M as part of the Haags Bosch dumpsite settlement, when BK was claiming just over US$300,000. How did the AG arrive at that US$5M figure, sir?
    AND WHY DID BK TRAVEL TO CHINA, SIR?
    Unfortunately, there appears to be a lot of funny money business going on in your government, and this is one of the reasons why, Mr. President, you are on the defense against corruption charges being leveled at your government. I keep saying you keep doing clean up after the boys mess up and that is because you are not providing effective leadership. After you rescinded BK’s appointment made by Harmon, you should not be sending TIGI or anyone to Harmon for any information.
    Face the nation like a leader and give an account for your subordinates’ secret dealings that are raising red flags!

    • rs dasai

      Emile.
      Our problem is that any deal that is ‘secret’ we think is ‘dirty or bad’. Not always so. So we give the Prez the benefit unless we know otherwise.

      • Emile_Mervin

        Wrong. Any government deal that is done in secret must be in compliance with laws above be able to withstand public scrutiny.

        Just this morning (Saturday) New York Mayor DiBlasio announced he would be returning US$10,000 his campaign received from a real estate supporter because that supporter is under FBI investigation.

        • rs dasai

          emile
          Righto. we remove our benefit. There is still doubt. we wait for more answers.

  • Col123

    Folks here are just giving money a bad name…Money and other means of exchange existed a long time before you and I…In settled amounts, it has more value than the lives of humans. Most humans struggle to earn it etc.etc.etc…SO…It is the folks who get DIRTY trying to get it… Now, dirty folks are another deal… some toil and sweat…some sell themselves as prostitutes to earn money…Is that dirty?…now we should define dirty!…

  • george wiltshire

    Come on Granger the church expe ts better of you. What does your bible say of Harmon’s behaviour? Remember we are praying for you. Also be reminded judgement must begin at the house of God.

  • Col123

    monies that you have…if you have any!…must be dirty!