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President lets go of three presidential advisors

Former Chief-of-Styaff of the Guyana Defence Force, Retired Rear Admiral Gary Best

President David Granger announced that he has gotten rid of his three of his advisors, including two former army chiefs, and has offered them executive positions.

At his first press conference in just over two years, the Guyanese leader said Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment, Aubrey Norton; Presidential Advisor on Security; Retired Brigadier Edward Collins and Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Retired Rear Admiral, Gary Best have been let go of those posts.

“Having come into office in May 2015, we sought their advice and their advisory functions have more or less come to an end and we have asked for them to accept executive functions, so yes we don’t need them in the role of advisors but we are likely to appoint them in the role of executive positions and that is being worked out,” Granger said.

Former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Retired Brigadier Edward Collins.

When contacted, Norton would only confirm that he has been advised of the decision, but he declined to say whether he has accepted the offer of an executive position. Norton referred all further enquiries to the Ministry of the Presidency.

Best told Demerara Waves Online News said he and government were in discussions about the nature of the portfolio which could be in the wider public service. “I will be happy to contribute to the development of Guyana,” he said.

The President said did not answer whether he planned to appoint Norton as the General Secretary of the People’s National Congress Reform, the largest party in the governing coalition.

FLASH BACK: President David Granger is given a tour of the Madewini Training Centre by Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment, Mr. Aubrey Norton

Norton, a former foreign service officer up to the 1990s, had served as General Secretary of his party for some time until he and then party leader, Desmond Hoyte parted ways.

As Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment, Norton had spearheaded several training programmes aimed focussing on the development of entrepreneurial skills.

He also played a major role in crafting the national youth development strategy.

  • Lancelot Brassington

    Always wondered whether these ‘adviser’ positions were necessary. Were they busy on a daily basis and what was their remuneration like? I hope that these new executive positions are meaningful ones and that they are the right men for them. They are all academically/professionally qualified with years of work experience at senior levels and don’t need charity to supplement their pension or other income. They are well able to get by without it.

    • Charles Selman

      LB, Can they? Who will employ them?
      Selman

      • Lancelot Brassington

        I don’t know if Nortons has postgraduate qualifications but one who worked with him in the foreign service told me that he is brilliant. The other two have postgraduate civilian degrees. I believe that at least two of the three were employed when the coalition called on them. Your poison might be other peoples’ meat Charlie boy.

    • Col123

      Shelves in coffin LB…check out Mohammed Ali’s take on the slum mindset of our folks!

  • Kassem_B

    ‘At his first press conference in just over two years, the Guyanese leader said Presidential Advisor on Youth Empowerment, Aubrey Norton; Presidential Advisor on Security; Retired Brigadier Edward Collins and Presidential Advisor on the Environment, Retired Rear Admiral, Gary Best have been let go of those posts.’
    About time
    Let’s hope we have proper professional replacement who put ethics, their professional integrity first, and their politics last

  • Col123

    The Master’s Degree is neither here nor there for the President ..an honest educated person with command of grammar surrounded by intelligent and honest advisers from all economic level would be sufficed…

  • S. Pertab Naraine

    History is replete with such actions by political leaders who feel compelled to surround themselves with military men, and the results of these actions have always been injurious to the people of these countries, their rights and their freedom. Just a warning that people should be aware of these nefarious activities by politicians, especially the ones who have demonstrated their lack of leadership qualities while in office and who are constantly blaming his critics for his failings. Beware the politician who has to make others look bad so that he could look good.