AFC Leader says won’t compromise party although Granger handpicked him as minister

Last Updated on Thursday, 2 February 2017, 13:14 by Denis Chabrol

AFC Leader, Raphael Trotman (centre) flanked by (left to right) party Treasurer, Dominic Gaskin; party Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan; General Secretary, Marlon Williams and Chairwoman of the Youths For Change (YFC)

Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Raphael Trotman on Thursday dismissed suggestions that he would be compromised because he was handpicked by President David Granger to be appointed a government minister.

He explained that he Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder; Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin and Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder were all appointed by the President outside the political agreement between the AFC and A  Partnership for National Unity called the Cummingsburg Accord.

“We are extra appointees and in no way has there been a demonstration of a compromise or a compromising of or a conflict of interest demonstrated by any of the ministers named. We have served within the Cabinet, within the government and within the party,” said Trotman, who is Minister of Natural Resources, said when asked by Demerara Waves Online News.

Trotman is a former executive member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) who broke away and teamed up with expelled People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Member, Khemraj Ramjattan and Sheila Holder to form the AFC more than 12 years ago.

However,  the Minister of Natural Resources said the evidence shows that they have not been compromised.  “I don’t believe that anyone, who wishes to be reasonable objective and true to themselves, would raise an argument that I as leader, Mr. Gaskin or Mr. Holder would be compromised because we didn’t come exactly through the terms of the Cummingsburg Accord,” Trotman ,

Trotman scraped a narrow victory by two votes to return as AFC Leader at last Saturday’s National Conference held at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School.

At the previous National Conference, he had not been elected or nominated to the AFC’s management committee.