Apology issued to Ramkarran- PPP; he remains mum

Apology issued to Ramkarran- PPP; he remains mum

July 2, 2012 – Demerara Waves

The Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Monday said an apology was offered to long-serving and well-respected party member, Ralph Ramkarran, and the governing party remained hopeful that he would rescind his resignation.

Ramkarran has declined to comment. It is unclear whether he has received the apology.

“The offending remark was withdrawn by the member and an apology was also offered,” the PPP said in a statement.

At the centre of the dispute is Ramkarran’s recent article in the PPP-aligned Mirror Newspaper that rampant corruption must be uprooted.            

The PPP-led administration has been repeatedly accused for more than a decade now of turning a blind eye to massive corruption in the award of contracts and nepotism.

The remark against Ramkarran was made at the June 29 Executive Committee meeting of the PPP, triggering the former House Speaker’s resignation from the party the following day.

The PPP in Monday’s statement- the second so far since Ramkarran quit- said efforts were still being made to get him to return to the party fold. “We intend to engage Cde Ramkarran in further discussions with a view of reconciling the matter. This is an approach we have always taken in such situations,” the party said.

“The Party’s EXCO (Executive Committee) still hopes that Cde Ramkarran will reconsider his action as there is no fundamental disagreement on any policy issue. It was a case where Cde Ramkarran felt insulted by the remarks of another member and left the meeting before it concluded,” the PPP added.

The PPP hailed him  as a “long standing and highly respected member” who has made “very valuable contributions to the party and the country as a whole.”

Ramkarran is also Guyana’s representative to the United Nations Good Officer process in the border controversy with Venezuela. He has been also a member of the PPP’s legal team in fighting election petitions in the High Court.

The PPP acknowledged Ramkarran’s assertion that the discussion on June 29 was “fiery” but at the same time pointed out that the party encourages open and frank deliberation on all issues with members given the opportunity to fully participate.

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  • C.Martins  On 07/03/2012 at 1:08 am

    Mr Ramkarran, I salute you, I stand in awe of your courage. Finally, our own Guyanese politician with the guts to say what no one has dared to say. Our country now has a culture of corruption. As someone said, this corruption was started during the Burnham regime and was perfected by the Jagdeo regime.
    An old friend of mine said to me: “right now in Guyana, who aint tiefin, stan by to tief”

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/03/2012 at 5:40 am

    Mr Ramkaran must be given the things he wanted before he made those outbursts at the executive meeting on the 28th June 2012. The apology expressed to him is in order, but the establishment of a Commission of Enquiry into the Corruption at all levels of the society and in the Government is a top priority and must be established now, Apology or no Apology, the Corruption Industry must be nationally exposed and those responsible must be dragged before a tribunal and made to answer for the same. This cancer that has overtaken the body politic and civil society must come to an end once and for all! God help Guyana and save it from further crises.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/06/2012 at 3:31 am

    Society Crumbles when GOOD MEN fail to ACT! Our voices must be heard. Which is better to stand up and be counted or sit down and be trampled upon!
    Men of reason and Conscience always support the cause of the Good.

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