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Jagdeo to seek Granger’s assurance on seriousness about constitutional reform because “Nagamootoo is a lightweight in the government”

FLASH BACK: Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo meeting with President David Granger.

Fearing that government may not be serious about constitutional reform and that’s why they have decided to hand the responsibility to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wants assurances that the David Granger-led administration is committed to fixing the 1980 supreme law.

“The president needs to give a commitment that whatever comes out of this body will be seriously considered. We got the impression that they have sent it to Nagamootoo for it to die a healthy death and that is why the whole issue of constitutional reform…anything that doesn’t have high priority in government or when they need to make an excuse they funnel to him,” said Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.

Jagdeo maintained that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is a political lightweight in the almost two-year old coalition administration and it appears that anything that government is not serious about is assigned to him. “What we expressed reservations about was the act that Nagamootoo is a lightweight in the government. He has no ability to even secure the agreements they signed with APNU (A Partnership for National Unity). If he cannot have the provisions of the Cummingsburg Accord implemented in a fashion that accords some power to the junior partners in the coalition…how could we believe that he can lead or any commitment  he makes at any meetings that we have would be recognised by the President or APNU,”  Jagdeo told a news conference.

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo

Jagdeo said his party would be seeking a commitment first from President Granger because it does not want to waste time sitting at the table with the Prime Minister if nothing will come out of the process. “We want to be given assurances from the President not from Nagamootoo,” he said.

Prime Minister Nagamootoo has said he would not be giving up his responsibility for constitutional reform even if the PPP continues to object to him leading the process on behalf of government.

“I cannot give up my responsibility on the foibles of a political dream. Jagdeo cannot determine who is in charge of constitutional reform. He sits on a cloud and he wants to run the government. Come on!,” Nagamootoo has said.

Government hopes to table the required legislation in the National Assembly to pave  the way for countrywide constitutional reform hearings.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has dispatched a report on its recent fact-finding mission here to determine what types of international assistance could be provided to Guyana’s constitutional reform.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Hahahaha – Jagster is right. Why waste time with someone who got no rank in the gov’t. I think Vice President and Prime Minister Joseph Harmon is the only man who can negotiate reforms.

    • Col123

      Hey ex KKK guy… how come Naggie is nah you gawd you worshit also?…We PNC a woshit the dude…

  • eddie

    if the president is serious about the reform it does not matter if him or naggy sit for it to bear fruition, this is jaggy just been vindictive and the dam country does not need these two ahole with there petty bullshit to stymie putting system in place for the better of the country

  • rudeo

    nagamouth the waterboy for the cricket team…ha ha

  • Emile_Mervin

    Jagdeo’s hatred of Nagamootoo really runs deep. I mean, this hatred had to have existed while both men were in the PPP, but only now it is manifesting itself in Jagdeo’s pettiness. Jagdeo continues to make his own case why he is unhealthy for the PPP and Guyana. Deadly, poisonous snake!

    • Col123

      Snakes all around with their hateful diatribe…

    • OldDaag

      False – Cheddi openly said it in BABU JOHN that Nagamotoo has NO skills set to take Guyana FWD….All he wanted was a FAT Salary increase and inherit some PERKS from the treasury to full his pocket…Must have a look at his FB video where he brags about getting RICH and the PPP never allowed him into key positions….This is a MAN who has vision to bring back WATER taxi instead of making bridges…this is a MAN who uses HELLO MOTTO Flip phone instead of APPLE/SAMSUNG….do I need to explain why he has NO vision to the FUTURE like SOJA BAI? READ:



    The utter disrespect that Jagdeo has for Nagamootoo – the current Prime Minister – is based on his own experience and that of others in the PPP. In and out of government, Nagamootoo has shown to be indolent and incompetent. He has never won a prominent case in the law courts of Guyana and was never privileged to argue a prominent case in the Guyana Appeal Court or the Caribbean Court of Appeal.

    Nagamootoo, whom I worked with at the PPP-Mirror newspaper and in the PPP, did very little to improve the organs of the PPP party,. He held no position in any of the mass organisations and hence no organisational or managerial skills. If anyone were to ask him “How many party groups or youth groups you (Nagamootoo) was instrumental in creating? – the answer will be none !
    Dr. Jagan, Janet Jagan and Jagdeo – all serving Presidents in Guyana – under the PPP – did not appoint Nagamootoo to any significant position in government. In his second term in office, Jagdeo told Nagamootoo that he will offer him a position in the Cabinet. Nagamootoo wanted to be the Minister of Foreign Affairs or Minister of Home affairs – but Jagdeo offered him none of the two portfolios.

    In a conversation with Nagamootoo, just after Jagdeo was re-elected, he (Nagamootoo) said that he was offered to be in Jagdeo’s cabinet, but said that he told Jagdeo that he will only accept a cabinet position, if he was offered one of the two positions – Minister of Foreign Affairs or Minister of Home affairs. He said Jagdeo told him he will consider the suggestion, after he would have returned from a meeting abroad. Jagdeo never contacted Nagamootoo – the rest is now history.

    Dr. Jagan appointed Clement Rohee, a TOTAL misfit, to the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs, but Jagan corrected himself by removing Rohee and replaced him with top diplomat, Insanally.

    Nagamootoo was the Minister of Information during the Jagan rule – a position fit for a junior minister. Yet, Nagamootoo, claimed that Cheddi Jagan told an audience at a public meeting that “the man to succeed him was standing next to him” (Nagamootoo). Rohee vehemently disputes Nagamootoo’s claim of “fame” !

    The issue of Constitutional Reform – placed in the hands of Nagamootoo – will not get very far – not because the Granger administration is not serious, as suggested by Jagdeo. It is Jagdeo’s well-founded fear that Nagamootoo is incapable of carrying out any function to the very end.

    After two years of the current administration, Mr. Nagamootoo has not resolved the outstanding problem of new and extended licences to the private television station in the country. A new Board has been appointed – head by Leslie Sobers – but he, also, has not set out goals and when those goals will be achieved. The nation is disgusted by this unwarranted delay. No one knows why the long delay – there is no proper explanation from anyone.
    On last Saturday’;s Television programme -“VOICE OF THE PEOPLE” – aired on Channel 6 – the moderator and owner – Chandratt Sharma – was furious that after 25 years in the television business his frequency range has decreased – rather than increase. He further expressed the view that his broadcasting channel, which was channel 12 – was arbitrarily changed by the former Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, who was the man in charge of broadcasting at the time. Sharma alleged that the PPP discriminated against him in favour of their” friends and families” !

    Jagdeo – like Donald Trump – the US President – believes that he is the “best thing since slice bread was invented”. He spends all his valuable time condemning everything this government does – rather than being a good PATRIOT and working in a constructive manner to move the country forward. As the de facto opposition leader, he has a crucial responsibility to act as a leader and not as a “Rabble Rouser”. A parliamentary opposition is part of the democratic process – constitutionally – and Jagdeo and his side-kick, Anil Nandlall, must act with a sense of dignity and morality.

    The PPP had 23 years of running Guyana and it must show what it has achieved over the more than two decades of mismanagement and misrule. The education system is in a TOTAL mess, according the now Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnarine. The government has allocated more than $23 Billion to this area and it will take more than 10 years to fix the system, In the meanwhile, the country is faced with a significant number of semi-illiterate youths, who have either “drop out” of school or were poorly taught.
    The PPP has destroyed the agricultural sector – leaving the sugar and rice industries in a total mess and now blaming the current administration for the crises in the country. Agriculture is the backbone of Guyana – employing more than one third of the nation’s population and providing the nation’s main food supply.

    The PPP must reflect on the high level of corruption, wastage, and serious under-development – leaving thousands homeless and landless – and little hope for the future. In the meanwhile, the elite in the PPP leadership continues to live in luxury, as Mr. Nagamootoo does in the Prime Minister’s residence, where taxpayers paid more than $50 million to renovate !

  • Col123

    Naggie is indeed an imbecile and Rupie got the good life since he was a kid convert to some Middle East god…

  • Burnham Bhaiya

    He was a HEAVYWEIGHT in 2007, when he campaigned for you , right? You are putting him, down, right? Guess what? He is there to stay… .. for a loonngg time! The ball is in your court. Naga loves Guyana. He is a lightweight with the heart of a heavyweight. And brains to match.