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Guyana President limits movement in the US because of security threat

Then Opposition Leader and Presidential Candidate, David Granger mingling with the Guyanese Diaspora in New York ahead of the May, 2015 General and Regional Elections.

President David Granger on Saturday defended his decision not to mingle with ordinary working class Guyanese in the United States (US), saying that he has been advised by the American Secret Service that doing so would expose him to security threats.

“Some of my movements have been limited on the basis of advice from the United States Secret Service. I am a Head of State, Head of Government and they have a responsibility to their government and to our government to make sure that I do not fall into jeopardy or come into harm,” he said.

The President said sometimes advice is given about walking down a street or go to a certain place and “I take their advice”.  Granger has largely limited his interaction with Guyanese in the United States to upscale hotel ballrooms and conference rooms.

Addressing the 5th Biennial Conference of his People’s National Congress Reform – North American Region – being held this week in Atlanta, Georgia, United States, he responded to criticisms that he has not been engaging ordinary Guyanese in Brooklyn, Queens and Florida as he had done during the 2011 and 2015 general election campaigns.

“I do believe that, at a personal level, I have been unfair victim of criticism for neglecting the Diaspora…The engagements have been, to my mind, satisfactory in the sense that the Diaspora is huge,” he said, questioning who is speaking on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Guyanese across the globe.

The President said whenever he travels overseas, he makes a deliberate efforts to interact with Guyanese. Among the places he said he has met with overseas-based Guyanese are The Bahamas, Barbados, Brazil, Toronto in Canada, New York,  and London in the United Kingdom.

“I always ask to meet with the Diaspora so these criticisms that I have been avoiding the Diaspora are quite unfair and I am grateful for the support I have received over the years, over the last several years particularly and I want to place on record my gratitude,” he said.

The President promised to reward members of the Diaspora who support the PNC.

In Guyana, observers have noted that the President does not spend a long time mingling with ordinary Guyanese at public events and leaves shortly after delivering addresses.

Earlier this year, a man reported to Guyanese police that he was being hired for GYD$7 million and offered a long black gun to kill Granger. However, police said the evidence was weak and so no one could have been charged.

A recently concluded Commission of Inquiry into the effectiveness of the police probe into the reported allegation has unveiled several administrative weaknesses in the Guyana Police Force.

  • Charles Selman

    Boy, are we so gullible?

  • Col123

    This level of the Presi thinking has degenerated to the bottom,….paranoiac to an extent… where Granger is now saying that he is afraid of his own supporters …those supporters he obviously does not need anymore …. that’s like the Secret Service telling Trump that he is not appreciated by the KKK..
    This would also suggest that we should purchase stocks in diapers ….as it would definitely hit the sky with Naggie’s belly wuk, when he meets with his supporters!

    • rudeo

      American Secret Service? And they cannot protect their president’s against assignations?

    • rs dasai

      You know that any Head of State has to follow The USSS’ advise when in the USA.

      • Col123

        Yea.. they do…it is rather interesting that if there was any in the current US terrorist threat level atmosphere , that the threat wouldn’t be eliminated by now…

  • rudeo

    Is this man fuh real? What drivel comes out of these people mouths? Is security an issue when he asks for the ordinary man’s money for his party? Granger is not a grassroot leader…he demonstrates an aloofness that dazzles all by it’s lightning brightness….class means all to him….even locally he does not have walk-abouts….look at the paranoia when parliament meets….vehicular traffic prohibited almost half a mile from the perimeters….helicopter flying overhead….and we will see more in the ensuing days to 2020…black people getting shafted openly…and hailing it with loud hurrahs

  • cuffy

    Will they set up a COI for this?

  • Col123

    You are way off…which Guyanese would he meet overseas…the PPP supporters???. Those PPP supporters I know live in their own little world there and elsewhere!..there is more likelihood to see only the PPP supporters around him, who would kiss his azz…and them pretend Indos like you who would love that!
    btw…He is no Reagan or the Pope
    Guyanese is interested in how the country is ran…and you cannot deny where it’s going!..
    This is your second comment about associated issues with the military, the other about that plane in the interior, you have zero understanding about they operate and about the characteristics traits of most of these folks…The UNIFORM is better than them!…it decor that matters…drill and ceremonies…pomp and display…who has a better and bigger weapon…

  • Horace

    It looks like those in Queens and Brooklynn are not Guyanese in the eyes of the personal man, Granger and that of the President of Guyana? I am fully aware that the medium is pro PNC and hence pro government right now.

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    • Gtloyal

      The kind followers of the PPP.

  • rs dasai

    Lay off the Prezzie. The USSS is responsible for his safety and he, like any Head of State has to follow protocol.

    • Col123

      Most foreign leaders are accompanied by their own entourage of bodyguards. Recall Erdogan had about fifteen of his bodyguards beating up those Turkish protesters …in DC couple months ago!!..

  • Gtloyal

    As a Head of State, the President cannot do what he used to do or go where he used to go as an ordinary citizen. Those who cannot understand something as simple as this would only waste the man’s time if given the opportunity to be with him.

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  • brain dead idiot

    this man so full of himself he nah wan face the people there