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Junior Culture Minister apologises for PPPC seating problems at Flag Raising

Junior Minister of Education, Culture Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry on Friday apologised for problems with the seating accommodation that Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo and other members of parliament for the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) said they experienced at Wednesday night’s Flag Raising Ceremony.

“In the circumstances I wish to state that as the organizer of this event I apologize for any inconvenience, embarrassment or distress this incident may have caused,” she said in a detailed statement that gave a sequence of events.

Jagdeo and other PPP MPs left shortly after their arrival in protest over seating accommodation problems in the VIP area.

Following is  the statement by Minister Henry.

Background – The Parliamentary Opposition was invited to all state events and confirmed their attendance to the Flag Raising ceremony. After accepting the invitation the opposition was briefed orally by Minister Henry on Tuesday 24 May, 2016 on the following:

1. Time of Arrival – All members were requested to be seated by 9:45 pm 2. Entrance to be used – North Western (Homestretch /Vlissengen Road) 3. Seating Arrangements – Opposition Leader will be seated in Presidential Section with all other past Presidents and Prime Ministers. All other PPP members will be seated in the other VIP section.

Question Arising:
1. Was the President Speaking? Response –

No 2. Who will be speaking? Response – No keynote speakers, the announcement for National awards will be done by Col. Abraham.

3. Where will the Opposition Leader be seated? Response – In the Presidential Section.

4. How many persons could be admitted with a ticket? Response – Maximum of two.

5. Opposition Leader could not find his invitation. Response – The Opposition Leader will be admitted without his invitation. All protocols and courtesies befitting his office will be extended.

What Happened on the night of May 25.
1. Time of Arrival – 9. 55

2. Entrance Used – The Opposition approached the South Western entrance (Hadfield Street) Had it not been for the police insistence on using the North Western entrance this would have resulted in the Opposition and President arriving on the tarmac at the same time?

3. Seating Arrangements –
a. The following Persons proceeded to the Presidential Section:  Hon. Bharat Jagdeo, MP  Mr. Irfan Ali, MP  Mr. Anil Nandalall, MP  Juan Edgehill,, MP  Mr. Clement Rohee,MP
b. The remaining members remain standing in the passage as Ms. Manichand indicated they will only sit when they can be assigned seats together. (This was told to the usher)
c. Upon my arriving in the Presidential Section the Opposition Leader indicated they were concerns with the seating.

I assured him I will address this immediately, so I proceeded by personally asking other invited persons to give up their seats to ensure the Opposition members were all seated together. As soon as the persons began to give up their seats. The Opposition walked out.

In the circumstances I wish to state that as the organizer of this event I apologize for any inconvenience, embarrassment or distress this incident may have caused.

  • Emile_Mervin

    The Opposition obviously did not want to be there, because seating arrangements were not a criteria on the invitations for showing up. That being said, it is a useful lesson for following ceremonies to ensure adequate seating arrangements.

    I suggest organizers send special invitations to Opposition members with an RSVP by a specific date so organizers can narrow down the seating arrangements by number. Example, 32 invitations went out, 25 responded they will attend, so 25 seats are set aside. Respondents will then hand over detached portions of their invitations to ushers and then be led to their seats. Ennd of story.

    • rs dasai

      Emile
      Protocol does not leave room for error. Vic Persaud?
      MPs do not have to reply for seats to be available.
      Some say that this was Deliberately done to embarrass the Opposition and ask if this Is the social cohesion in progress?

      • Emile_Mervin

        Protocol does not leave room for error, which is why RSVPs can help. Can you say what was the seating arrangement at Independence Day ceremonies during the PPP era? Were all opposition at the time assured seats? I only ask because I want to know where the deviation took place.

        Anyway, it defies logic that the seating imbroglio was deliberately arranged to embarrass the Opposition, only to have the government issue an apology. A deliberate embarrassment is not usually followed by an apology.

        • rs dasai

          Emile.
          I know not of past ceremonies. What matters is now. But an apology after a DELIBERATE EMBARASSMENT is a great deceptive political ploy.

          • Emile_Mervin

            If you don’t know of past ceremonies then how can you reference protocols in this context? I read the minister’s explanation and it does seem to be a combination of poor planning on the part of government and petty partisan politicking by the opposition. Some will believe the government set out to embarrass the opposition while others will believe the opposition set out to embarrass the government, and so the twain shall never meet.

          • eddie

            well you are throwing crap and hoping it stick, why don’t you educate us of past hiccup by the PPP at the independent celebration toward the PNC—– I am gonna give one theory if this had happen to the PNC they would have burn down GT and that a fact

          • rs dasai

            eddie
            Pure speculation. The youths of today have different ideas and vision and not old experiences.

          • eddie

            o how I forgot that!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there are too busy robbing and killing people left right and center and it only seem to be concentrated on one ethnic group JUST REMEMBER ALL THE KILLING LATELY AND AS SOON AS IT HIT HOME THEN AND ONLY THEN DI YOU GET A CONCERN FROM THIS PRESIDENT HE EVEN SEND HIS CONDOLENCE ,,, so I stand correct that it was was an arson that happen to the guy on election night

          • rs dasai

            eddie
            Be fair. The President does not ‘control’ anyone’s actions and belief. He can only hope that good sense prevails. When we citizens behave properly and be makers and not breakers, we all will benefit. Take a Bushy with black water and enjoy the good weather.

          • rudeo

            so much for social and otherwise cohesion…..when my great grands get their great great great …..grands?

          • rs dasai

            Emile
            These 2 will meet.

    • KassemB

      ‘The Opposition obviously did not want to be there’
      Then today
      ‘Junior Culture Minister apologises for PPPC seating problems at Flag Raising’
      /
      Which means there is no limit to your extremism and the defence of whatever the PNC do

    • rudeo

      so elementary…..we make out every trivia as if it is rocket science

      • Emile_Mervin

        That’s so true! Thanks for the grounding!

        • MEMES Unlimited

          Merv…you are so full of the BS!!!!!f….you

    • SYL

      I observed that Guyanese of Indian and African ethnicity 99% of the time live in harmony while in other countries. However, once living in Guyana they are worse than cats and dogs, because my neighbor’s cat and dog plays catch every day.The majority of the people blame the leaders for the racism and divide, but I say the individuals much look at themselves. No leader has been born as yet to influence me in the negative. Guyanese can only cure the cancer when they decide that an Indian and a African is just different due to their ethnicity, but has the red and white blood cells and organs just the same. So the issue at the celebration is just little boys and girls behavior , but I must be careful in saying so , because the children of all ethnicity can be seen playing together. Its the adults that inject the hate. Guyana is doomed unless a 360 degrees turn is made in regards to the race factor.

      • Col123

        Syl..you said it well…just a reminder…that 360 degree turn will get you back to the same place….but I got your drift….

        • SYL

          Thanks 180 .Most of the attitudes of the people just would not or should I say cannot change when it comes to racial harmony in Guyana, after a viewing it for four decades . SAD! Maybe it should be placed on the curriculum in schools to educate the younger people about its dangers. I hope the adults don’t object.

          • Ashley Singh

            Racial Harmony, I agree is the only way forward for the Guyanese Nation. It would be a financial disaster to the politicians and their leaders.

      • george wiltshire

        In the other countries they are the underdog and will be so for as long as they are there. In Guyana the nations money is up for investment in Queens. Persons get two three salaries. Persons become fabulously rich. They can sell the countries assets. Travel with the jet set in private aircrafts. Give themselves huge slalaries.

  • Col123

    This Minister took the high road…I give her a lot of credit to address this concern. Mr Jagdeo continues with lack of leadership styles and showed his pompous and arrogance by being an ssa…He should work closely with Mr Granger…All he had to do was to give Mr Granger a call prior to the preparations and say…”Hey Grange, padna… we have fifty of our guys coming down to the celebrations…make sure we get the seats together closest to the grey goose and duck curry”…and Mr Granger would have obliged…BTW: RSV to invitation and turning up late at events is such a West Indian curse….these folks will even show up late for their own funeral!

    • Ashley Singh

      Jagdeo is not someone who has the UNITY of Guyanese on his mind. Typical slave master. DIVIDE AND RULE. is his motto and that of his siblings in the Coalition. I feel sorry for the house slaves.

      • Col123

        Agree..Please give me some names of Guyanese politicians who do worry about unifying the races !..FYI ..house slaves are way up there in the food chain with massa..BTW..my friend in the coallater mr Naggaramoti is doing well in his Armani…voluntary conversion to another holy site in Jerusalem did him well as a non Indo ..

  • KassemB

    ‘Junior Culture Minister apologises for PPPC seating problems at Flag Raising’
    In which case call your wild p?? bloggers in all the papers.
    Read and try to understand who they are blaming and what the evil PPP have done to cause it on them selves.
    The on going cohesion drive by the new ruling class

    • Col123

      Being humble and accommodating to those who despises you is not a weakness!..I know that it works both ways….check out some scriptural approaches..or the Mahatma approaches…oh..what happened to turning the other cheek…the face that is.. …not the butt….The PPP should do a little more to bring Guyanese together….this back and forth bs does not get anyone anywhere fast…

  • cuffy

    Well the sadarine had the final say,fifty years on and the mindset still the same,oh come all ye faithful Burnham band of angels.

  • Ricardo.Diaz70@hotmail.com

    that was a plan move by the worthless pnc,now a junior minister take the fall ,that is like something bad happen & u want to play it down so u said ,(a them lill boy do an) so nicolette is not important so she can take the fall.

  • Col123

    Tech…Your points are NOT compatible with other reports about the issues at the celebrations…I respect your position but two third of your comments are off the topic…welcome to the real world…most Guyanese experience what you did with both the PPP and the PNC…You are lucky that they did not require a circumcision to count you as a Guyanese citizen…

  • Col123

    Peter..you are taking a major leap trying to make a stupid point…..that level of G force can shatter you cruciate ligaments ..fill me in on what any govt of Guyana or politicians did for you?…and please do not put Christ in these equations …don’t mix his name in the filth of Guyana…

  • Col123

    What have you done for USA or for Guyana?

  • Col123

    The PNC is the majority party on the government ..your bikini does not fit APNU!.. The majority in power in Guyana are of ethnic Afro Guyanese ..where is the demotion?

  • eddie

    I got one thing for you not because you say you are qualified mean you are ,,, I can come here and say I am more qualified and is just like a numskull like you ” I know of a lot of people that had there papers marked on the 34TH of MAY LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL…. I have to give you point though you cover all spectrum east west north and south with your reply with no relevant to the subject on hand were you trying to clean the shit I shoot on the wall ” PS it was a quote and not the actual stuff”

  • Col123

    You need to get off your racists bs…aren’t you sick and tired of the kith and kin crap?..go plant a fruit tree or some tomato….do something with your life …go hit some golf balls…do something….blogging bs should just be over a glass of wine or a beer…

  • Col123

    They were not allowed the privilege of standing next to the grey goose…I can relate to that!

  • Col123

    Them PPP louts did a bang up job at the stadium also…take the ride with the kith and kin do do..