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Nagamootoo won’t step aside to facilitate constitutional reform talks with PPP

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo (left) and former House Speaker, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran.

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Monday said he would not be ceding responsibility for constitutional reform to anyone else if the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) refuses to meet with him to discuss the process.

The PPP had in the past expressed reluctance to take Nagamootoo’s offer of a national unity government. He is a former executive of that party who resigned and later went on to join the Alliance For Change (AFC), sponsored a no-confidence motion against the PPP-Civic administration and became Prime Minister after that party lost the 2015 elections.

Nagamootoo urged the PPP  to prioritise its interest in determining whether personality is bigger than Guyana. After the Prime Minister stated that “nation comes first before Nagamootoo,” and he vowed that “I would carry the mandate that I have been elected to do” if the PPP refuses to meet with him, he was asked why shouldn’t he step aside if he is regarded as the stumbling block.

“I cannot give up my responsibility on the foibles of a political dream. (Opposition Leader Bharrat) Jagdeo cannot determine who is in charge of constitutional reform. He sits on a cloud and he wants ti run the government. Come on!,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Certain entrenched constitutional provisions would require at least two-thirds support from among the 65 members of the National Assembly which means that the PPP, which holds 32 seats, would have to agree to such changes.

Giving an update on the process so far, Nagamootoo said Cabinet recently considered the constitutional reform consultative process bill, which was drafted by the steering committee on constitutional reform, and sent it to the Parliamentary Counsel of the Attorney General’s Chambers.  The Prime Minister said after it is returned to him, he would dispatch it to the opposition and social organisations for their comment “as to whether the Bill fulfills the expectation of having public hearing.”

“The bill would then set up the constitutional reform commission to conduct the hearings and unless I have that out of the way, then no hearings will begin,” he said. Nagamootoo hopes that “some work” on the process to be advanced before parliament goes into its annual two-month recess.

The Prime Minister was Monday expected to begin reviewing a draft report by a United Nations Development (UNDP) scoping mission that was recently here to explore ways of providing technical and financial assistance.

The veteran Guyanese politician said “I am expecting a rough ride ahead” but he is committed to compromise and consensus on the bill with the PPP to achieve constitutional reform. He said whenever he sends material to the PPP, they are obliged to give them serious consideration. “They have to treat these things on their merit and not treat the person who sends it. That’s not the issue. Constitutional reform is the issue and Jagdeo has said he is committed to constitutional reform so he has to decide whether the issue is constitutional reform or the issue is Nagamootoo, whether Nagamootoo is bigger than the nation and I’d like him to tell the country and the supporters that ‘yes, Nagamootoo is bigger than the nation’ and I respect the man for that,” he said.

Former House Speaker, Ralph Ramkarran last weekend told a public symposium on constitutional reform organised by the Carter Centre and the British High Commission that the government and the opposition would have to hold talks on further reforming the 1980 constitution, despite reservations about Nagamootoo. ““I don’t know how the dilemma of having Moses, as Prime Minister, speaking to the Opposition- I don’t know how that will be resolved but I hope it is because they are reluctant to speak with him,” he said.

Ramkarran has recommended that the constitutional reform process need not be large scale, but instead focus on a number of areas promised in the governing coalition’s 2015 general election manifesto. They are that the Prime Minister would be drawn from the party with the second highest number of votes and any party  that wins 15 percent or more of the votes will be included in the government.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Prime Minister stated that “nation comes first before Nagamootoo,” – shouldn’t he then step aside in interest of national unity ?

    • Lancelot Brassington

      No way. Jagdeo cannot refuse to meet Nagamootoo just because he left the PPP and helped remove them from office. That is juvenile behaviour.

    • Col123

      Ex KKK guy… why you hassling Naggie… the west indo dude who was cleansed in the Ganges sewers …..The chap is a big one!…. and how do you define national unity?

    • rs dasai

      No way man.

  • eddie

    Naggy is correxct

  • Fedup / GT

    FOR ME, JAGDEO CAN TAKE A CANOE AND START NAVIGATING THE ATLANTIC WITHOUT LOOKING BACK.
    GUYANA WILL BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT HIM AND SOME OF HIS FOLLOWERS.

  • Fedup / GT

    I SALUTE YOU MR PRIME MINISTER NAGAMOOTOO.
    STAND YOUR GROUNDS, DON’T STEP ASIDE LIKE SAM HINDS TO LET THE SMALL BOY PASS.

    • Col123

      We black peoples’ and Guyanese logic… Sam Hinds is for a PPP showcase and Naggie a awee black people deity…. one of the reasons we are screw ups every where we live… another example- the famous brain surgeon and trump!

  • Kassem_B

    ‘Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo on Monday said he would not be ceding responsibility for constitutional reform to anyone else if the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) refuses to meet with him to discuss the process.’
    Another with a bigger than big ego and chip on his shoulder.
    How many more in the Cabinet?
    Does he know how much it cost the State to keep him and his Office?

  • cuffy

    Hog-a-motoo should be principled.

  • Col123

    Naggie is not talking fat!.. he is fat!

    • TA

      Lol true. The big waist PM who used to call the PPP “fat cats” is now a fatter cat. Renovated PM residence costing millions and over 1.5 million dollars monthly salary. Step aside let the..nation talk

  • rudeo

    next election take away 3 from 32 leaves 2…..wow….get all the reform you want

  • CREAM1968

    FED UP GT ,,,, I THINK MOSSE AND ALL THE OLD EX PPP, AND PNC JOIN HIM ,, ALL ONLY POWER ,AND MORE POWER, FOR THEM SELF , NOT THE PEOPLE

  • Col123

    Thanks Horace…It does the same and moreso at Varanasi….I personally saw a corpse of a swami in the fetal position, in the river at Varanasi… Deeply religious figures are apparently disposed in that manner I was told.

  • Col123

    Suddenly you start having respect for them Indos… only you lawd knows what you eating…

    • pollard

      Col123, I am who I am, always respect another, I always eat creoles Guyanese dishes, home cook too,respect is given where respect is due.

      • Col123

        Pollard: I have zero interest in anyone’s ethnic background. I can name over five daily bloggers who claim all kinds of heritage with their grandmother or grandfather coming off a ship from India, and who speak ill about Indians. Hypocrisy is cheap… and we are … well some of us are just pawns for politicians.

  • Col123

    Dax , what’s racist about my comment?.. the river is somewhat clean at its origin. .. and then is followed by filth down stream … with pipes of raw sewage at some points emptying into the river. Every single element is revered by Hindus…all life… and that includes abee black people … yet alyou keep hating each other..egged on by the politicians….

  • OldDaag

    NAGAMOTOO and RAMKARRAN are Both have POWER and MONEY as their primary focus ahead of the country well being…HENCE why they jump ship to join the DEVILS and oppress the INDO communities….1) What happen to Norton Drug Deal 2) What happen to Harmon China Trip and BK Tiwari Deal 3) What happen to Volga Lewrence 605M deal? 4) What happen to Williams BULLY case in court? 5) What happen to ALL the INDO being FIRED and replace with AFRO in the high positions – CARL SINGH FIRED for AGE but CLIVE TOMAS kept his JOB and he is 85? Hmm and HAMMY GREEN 20M Payday…..these guys should ALL be investigated and JAIL!

  • rs dasai

    poli
    He got on a paper plate full of holes

  • ExPPP_Man

    PPP won 60 % of the LGE, won 32 of the 65 seats in parliament. They represent the people.

  • rs dasai

    Polly
    We both opine, which do not make it so. Has he really displayed ‘wisdom’ or ‘arrogance’?

  • eddie

    so them call his bluff