The United States Ambassador to Guyana Perry Holloways says that in his interaction with President David Granger he has not arrived at the conclusion that the President is a racist.
In an interview with a group of reporters on Monday morning, the Ambassador related that he has not read the Wikileaks cable that says the President is racist but rather the reports.
He stated that from the excerpts in those reports, it is clear that the cable did not label then Major Granger a racist, but stated that he has a history of being anti-east Indian.
“I haven’t seen the cable I have only seen what’s in the press – I was in elementary school when the cable was written…The one comment which was referring to his reputation, we did not call him that – we referred to his reputation if you read very carefully,” Holloway stated.
The Ambassador stated that the author of the cable, then Ambassador Spencer Matthews King was no longer with the US Government hence there is no way to ask what were the thoughts of the Ambassador when the cable was penned.
“It does not reflect my own personal observation in interactions with the President nor does it reflect what he has been saying in public and doing in public as part of the coalition government,” he said.
The Granger led People’s National Congress Reform has already lashed out at the cable’s contents.
“President Granger’s personal life and his life works clearly debunks this malicious and unfounded claim. The PNCR questions the wisdom of the publication of this dated US Diplomatic Cable without a right of reply or any other supporting evidence.”
The cable by the then American Ambassador says that then Head of the Guyana National Service, Elvin Mc David and “have reputations as ideologues and anti-East Indian racists.