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Pres Granger rubbishes NY-based Guyanese claims that he’s “elitist”

President David Granger addressing the Guyana State Dinner held in June, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, New York.

President David Granger addressing the Guyana State Dinner held in June, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, New York.

President David Granger on Saturday rejected claims by a group of United States-based Guyanese that he is elitist and has repeatedly avoided meeting with ordinary Guyanese in New York.

“My reaction is that those descriptions are erroneous,” he said when asked by Demerara Waves to respond to claims by several overseas-based Guyanese.

Several “concerned Guyanese” including members of the North American Group of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) met on September 24, 2016 in New York and concluded that they were being treated as outcasts and not afforded jobs  by the APNU+AFC government even after mobilizing financial and other forms of support for the elections campaign.

Granger reacted sharply to the charge that unlike other Caribbean leaders who had met members of their countries’ Diaspora to coincide with their attendance of the New York General Assembly, he opted to meet “briefly a handful of elitist Guyanese before hopping on a plane back to Guyana.”

“I didn’t meet with any elite. I met the staff of the Permanent Mission and a photograph was taken and published in the newspapers. I did not engage the Diaspora because I went to the Diaspora in June and I engaged with the Diaspora in June; we had a 50th anniversary dinner,” he recalled.

That State dinner by invitation only was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, unlike the grassroots town hall and other open meetings in Brooklyn and Queens that were held in the run-up to the 2015 general elections. Locally, observers recently noted that Granger did not mingle with ordinary Guyanese after he addressed the launch of National Day of Villages at Victoria, East Coast Demerara but instead jumped in his car and departed.

The group of New York-based Guyanese accused the Granger-led administration of failing to establish a Diaspora Commission or Department of Tourism and selecting a member of the Diaspora to become a parliamentarian.  “I do not know that there is any provision in the Constitution for a Diaspora member of the National Assembly…There is a department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that is responsible for Diaspora Affairs,” the President said.

  • Col123

    Guyanese are so wrong.. especially those foreigners.. the man is a bloody idiot! and an azzhole!.how else can you assess this batch?!.

    • geeteerebel

      This sounds very personal hay buddy…

      • Col123

        Look chap…this Pres is a Brig. General…supposedly a leader… he can’t find his way to anywhere…and he has a bunch of folks kissing his azz who does not know any better…. personal no!… he shattered my hopes…yes…

        • rs dasai

          Col.
          In defense of The President, he has more pressing matters on his agenda than ‘hand pressing’. Yes, hope is fragile and not in our control. Let him wet his feet some more.

          • Col123

            He is already drowned..in his spit!

  • rudeo

    Does he walk about the ordinary people to get a feel/know of where the shoe pinches?….nah!

  • Kassem_B

    ‘and concluded that they were being treated as outcasts and not afforded jobs by the APNU+AFC government even after mobilizing financial and other forms of support for the elections campaign.’
    There is a word for it:K??? M???
    And it is common with all Guyana political parties.
    Therefore you in the diaspora, next time they turn up, it will be your turn

  • geeteerebel

    Owe wan move back home in prodville 3 and get big wok or big kontrack… U kno just like BJ time..

  • Charles Selman

    See me and come live with me are two different things. Talk I could get things done and getting them done are also two different things.
    Guyanese, we have all been conned!
    Selman

    • rs dasai

      Charles.
      His actions are restricted by the Constitution and Laws of Gy. Give him some time to be acquainted more.

      • Col123

        you mean that his actions are restricted by his ability?…

  • Gtloyal

    Time to consider some changes, Mr President.