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Harmon criticises media for jeopardising reputation of health ministry officials named in probe

Following a recent probe into the Health Ministry’s pharmaceutical management procedure, Cabinet is yet to deliberate on the findings and recommendations of the probe.

But already, State Minister Joseph Harmon is blaming the media for “serialising” the matter possibly jeoparding the reputations of persons named in the probe.

“It has already been serialised in the media which is quite unfortunate. When things like that happen it affects the lives it affects the reputation of persons who are judged by the public before they are given an opportunity to be heard as our laws require for people against whom there are allegations,” Harmon said today at the first post-cabinet briefing for the year.

The inquiry was conducted by Retired Assistant Police Commissioner, Winston Cosbert and was expected to be submitted end of last November.

The report, seen by the media, recommended Trinidad-based company, Western Scientific Company, should be banned from tendering for drugs in Guyana.

It further recommended several top officials of Guyana’s Health Ministry either be removed or fired, including employee, Kendazie Aaron. The report said Aaron admitted, under oath, that she had spoken with Edwin Mc Koon of the Trinidad and Tobago company.

Harmon said while the one-man Inquiry has made recommendations, “it is up to the government once the recommendations are laid before them to decide on how these recommendations it will proceed.”

Cabinet, acceding to Harmon, is expected to deliberate on the report next week.

“It’s already out there,” Harmon said on the report’s leak to the media, “and the unfortunate thing about it is that characters are assassinated in that way unless you have the careful and measured response to some of the recommendations.”

Harmon said Cabinet will take action on the report, but recommendations of the inquiry does not always have to be followed.


  • Emile_Mervin

    When folks were leaking stuff about the PPPs shenanigans, Harmon et al pounced. Now the shoe is on the other foot…we are hearing squeaking sounds!

    Harmon never picked a bone with the private media, aka the Fourth Estate, when damaging revelations from audits of PPP era governance were hitting the headlines. And yet he is correct whem he says that government does not have to act on recommendations of probes and auditors, because several past recommendations have been ignored.

    Look, the role the private media, aka the Fourth Estate, is to help inform the nation about things the government would otherwise want kept under wraps. This does not mean the private media will reveal national security or sensitive information.

    We are still waiting on Harmon to produce the documents he happened upon after his China trip showing the outstanding US$5m GT&T shares were actually paid before the PPP left office.

    • rudeo

      The crown of bullshit that these jokers can spew… there anything libelous or speculative in the report as published in the media?…..

      Harmon said while the one-man Inquiry has made recommendations, “it is up to the government once the recommendations are laid before them to decide on how these recommendations it will proceed.”

      Read that as ” We reserve the authoritative right to ignore any recommendations not in keeping with our wishes.”

      This govt continues to dig pits from which it cannot climb out….EVERY day a new scandal….the electors who took that plunge to oust the PPP from office must be really ashamed

      • Emile_Mervin

        The tragedy is that voters are being encouraged to take a second look at Jagdeo and the PPP, which is why I keep saying the race to the bottom continues…

    • rs dasai

      Should his China trip etc be part of the Special Prosecutors’ probe?

      • Charles Selman

        Guys, was trip to bring money to Guyana or take money ..t?
        Think, gentlemen?

  • rs dasai

    Why is Mr. Harmon more powerful than our President Granger? Does Mr. Harmon have ‘secrets’ of our President which dare not come to light and is using them against our President?