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PPP to boycott President Granger’s address to Parliament

A section of the audience at the PPPC-organised public forum on corruption that was held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Sleep Inn, Brickdam.

A section of the audience at the PPPC-organised public forum on corruption that was held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at Sleep Inn, Brickdam.

The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarians will boycott President David Granger’s address to the Parliament on Thursday because he is expected to preach double-standards on good governance, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said.

“We will not listen to him. We need to send a signal to this country, PPP supporters as well as ordinary people, that we will not allow the hollowing out of our democracy because if we don’t stop the initial steps they are going to grow into an avalanche of activities aimed at denying us our rights,” he said.

Jagdeo said the PPPC lawmakers would attend the National Assembly only to participate in the debate on the National Youth Policy.

Speaking at the conclusion of a public forum on corruption held at Sleep Inn Hotel, Brickdam, he said it was pointless for the PPP’s 32 parliamentarians to listen Granger especially since he on Wednesday decided to suspend Public Service Commission Chairman (PSC), Carville Duncan. “What we have here is a total abuse of the Executive…,” he said, recalling that Duncan had been summoned to meetings by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon and President David Granger and allegedly offered a financial package to demit office because he (Granger) did not want blood on his carpet.

Government has denied offering Duncan a cash package to give up the PSC Chairmanship, a full-time post.

Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall, meanwhile, announced that he has since moved to the court to challenge the constitutionality of the Tribunal Hearing on, among other grounds, that Duncan has not been found guilty of stealing Guyana Power and Light’s monies because the trial was still continuing in the Magistrates’ Court.

Jagdeo flayed the President and Harmon for summoning Duncan who is insulated from political interference and asking him to demit office because he is facing charges of allegedly stealing director’s fees from the Guyana Power and Light.  Against that background, the Opposition Leader contended that the President was about to be two-faced on good governance and respect for the constitution. “You then come tomorrow (Thursday) to the Parliament which is the place where our laws are born, the palce where our democracy is protected and then lecture us on good governance. It will be a dereliction of our duties as MPs to sit and listen to another lecture on good governance when the President, the Executive cannot respect the holder of a constitutional post and give him a fair hearing in this country,” said Jagdeo, a former President of Guyana.

He added that the larger issue is not about Duncan but when “they come for you” members of the wider Guyanese society.

Jagdeo argued that Duncan has been engineered out of office as PSC Chairman because he was regarded as an obstacle to the employment of supporters of the governing coalition parties. “His presence there means that they can’t pursue this agenda and the agenda is to remove people and to replace those people with supporters of the APNU whether they are qualified or not, as we have seen.

He serves as a block to the implementation of their agenda and the agenda doesn’t bode well for the country,”  Jagdeo said. The Opposition Leader alluded to the unilateral establishment by the executive of the Public Service Staff College whose employees, he said, are only a select-few elite Afro-Guyanese.

Former Junior Finance Minister, Juan Edghill contended that Duncan’s suspension by the President was a signal to Afro-Guyanese who might contemplate being associated with the Indo-Guyanese dominated PPP.  “This effect of the crassness of the move against Carville Duncan is not just about him being chairman of the Public Service Commission but is about him being a Black man that is supposedly a supporter in their eyes of the PPP and it is a way of teaching Black people a lesson- you support the PPP, this is what we will do to you,” he said. Edghill, he further, argued that the government has made Duncan the sacrificial lamb.

  • Lancelot Brassington

    Stupid theatrics are the order of the day.It seems that Jagdeo has to find something to quarrel over in order to stay relevant and to keep his naive supporters buoyed. What benefit will these juvenile antics yield those supporters? If anything the police were derelict in the execution of their duty with respect to the theft of the Petrocaribe money. Duncan got one million dollars for helping Deonarine who is less than two thirds of Duncan’s age, to steal twenty seven million dollars. Where was Duncan’s grass roots savvy or ‘road sense’? The police should have charged him with idiocy.

  • Emile_Mervin

    The PPP should boycott Parliament until 2020 and forfeit salaries and allowances, as a result.

    Duncan was just plain dumb in his conspiracy with Ash Deonarine, because Deonarine took almost GY $28m and fled Guyana, while Duncan took GY$900,000+ and is in Guyana where he will have to repay the money.

    Thanks to the Coalition, Jagdeo remains politically relevant to the gullibles.

    • Col123

      With all the money they stole, those PPP boys will make it through St. Peter…or whatever gates with out need for another pay check…and you are correct…every where you look, there are deplorables..and the gullibles…especially when it is not you…

  • Col123

    Give them boys credit where credit is due…the PNC owns some uncle Toms….Indos who support PNC….and the PPP owns some aunts Tammys… Afros who support the PPP…such were the description …not mine…following the election. I would venture to note the the aunt Tammys and uncle Toms should get together and form the next government…. they may have a lot in common…

  • ExPPP_Man

    Atta boy Jaggie, never listen to a man who supported the rigging of elections from 60’s to 90’s. This man Granger is the reincarnation of hitler.

    • rs dasai

      The wrong road to travel.

  • Col123

    Jesus Christ..another preacher…watch your pocket!

  • rs dasai

    Hurricane Matthew?

  • Col123

    Gtrebel…open up between your ears a little…do you believe that the PNC supporters will support any efforts by the PPP…it is ok to be bias .. but get real bro…all Guyanese suffer when things are not regular…and you should note also- most of them Indos get rich when under economic pressure… and richer when the economy is good… get out of that small world in which you live…

  • Carolyn

    Aiming Your Cannon
    An officer on the battlefield aimed his cannon toward what he thought was the distant enemy. Just before he fired, the commander, looking through his field glasses, shouted, “Your aim seems perfect, but stop! They are not the enemy; they are our own people.” Did you ever think that when you aim criticism at God’s people so thoughtlessly, you are actually aiming your cannon at the Lord of your brethren?

  • Carolyn

    Conscience Like a Pet Dog
    Speaking of conscience, E. L. Allen said, “Honestly, what use do we make of our God-given reason? I know what use I make of it. I use it chiefly to provide reasons for what I want to do without admitting it is for pursuing some personal ambition. A man may have his conscience so well disciplined and trained that, instead of blazing a trail before him, it is like a pet dog which just trots obediently at his heels and never so much as barks! ‘If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!’ “

  • Carolyn

    Watch Your Criticism
    Be careful and cautious how you criticize. The man who had a good opinion of himself and his own virtues and thought he was so much better than anyone else, stopped in front of a taxidermist’s window, in which there was an owl which had attracted quite a crowd of sightseers.
    So sure he was far superior in his knowledge of birds, he remarked, “Well, if I couldn’t stuff an owl better than that, I would quit the business. The head is not right; the pose of the body is awkward; the feathers are not right; and the feet are not under it right.” Just then the owl turned its head and gave him a quick wink or two.
    The crowd roared. They turned to comment to him; but he slunk away as fast as he could go.

  • Carolyn

    The People Punishing Party is noting but Deceptive Packaging
    Through its laws, our country declares it a crime to lie about the contents in a box of cereal. These laws demand that the outside of the package tell the truth about what is on the inside. Deceptive packaging is illegal. “Truth in advertising” regulations are another way to protect the public. A good example of this is the warning on a pack of cigarettes: “Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy.”
    Unfortunately, there are no such laws about people. We require no one to tell what really lies behind the packaging–the clothes, facial expressions, mannerisms, speech patterns, or affected behavior. No one is forced to tell you what he or she is really feeling, thinking, or planning to do.
    Our deceptive packaging–the way we appear to others–is an accepted, even an expected part of our way of life. We have become experts in this type of trickery. Before we are going to get the help we need, we need to confess this sin of hypocrisy. Only then can we go on the path of discovering and knowing our real selves.