Jagdeo’s home and pensions create controversy – 4 articles

Jagdeo’s Mansion at Pradoville-2



The publication of the Former President Jagdeo’s home and the details of his pension and benefits are creating controversy in Guyana. They were mentioned in the recent TV debates on corruption.  Here are a few of the articles:

NCN corruption debates…Jagdeo acquired more wealth in office than any other Guyanese President – AFC Chairman

September 4, 2012 | By |

“What is wrong with a former president or a president seeking to ensure that he lives a comfortable life after his presidency? Especially because we have term limits, knowing full well that you are going to demit office, you must ensure that you look for your future. We must not go from a president to rags,” – Labour Minister Nanda Gopaul.

Bharrat Jagdeo, while in office, acquired more wealth than any other president of independent Guyana.
This is according to Alliance for Change (AFC) Chairman attorney at law Nigel Hughes.
Hughes made the observation while single-handedly taking on two cabinet ministers – Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall and Labour Minister Nanda Gopaul – a PPP sympathizer and the Chief Labour Officer, during the latest edition of the National Communication Network-organized public debates on corruption.       [read more]

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  • wycs  On 09/09/2012 at 9:29 pm

    Isn’t this Jagdeo’s business? Once he did not steal to purchase this home is nobody else’s business. People, including the AFC party, have reasons to be jealous and envious + of course they have their agenda. President Jagdeo is a decent man who brought Guyana back from the brink of poverty to what it is today- a middle class Society and for this all Guyanese should be grateful including Mr Lall the publisher of Kaieteur News who spurts out alot of garbage in his newspapers from time to time against the Govt. He is very biased and one sided and this is not good for journalism.

  • Tara  On 09/11/2012 at 1:23 am

    You got to be kidding. Yes! Yes! YES! he stole from the hard working poor to live this lavish lifestyle. What is decent about this man? I have done more with my life than Jagdeo has, and have asked nothing more from my fellow-man . First, there is nothing to be envious and jealous about Jagdeo because he has blood on his hands. Second, he does not have a wife and family to merit this kind of lifestyle he flaunts audaciously. If he has any decency, he would have left office and live modesly. This is what you call GROSS POLITICAL LEVERAGE. And, these PEOPLE talk about Burnham and the PNC.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 09/11/2012 at 6:12 am

    The political history of Guyana will continue to leave some of us battered, bruised and and even ignomous. How can we forget that the CDB lent US450 million to that infamous dictator that never passed through the books of the auditor general in Guyana but ended up in the Swis bank account of that leader. Dis you recall when the bank changed its rule who went to live in that country in order to spend that money which belonged to Guyana. Cheddi in seeking debt write offs for Guyana told the authorities who lent that money to LFS that they will have to wait on another PNC government to collect that sum as our records that is the Auditor General connot account for something that never entered the country. Be careful how we tread on the issue of corruption. There are many of us with institutional and political memories who still can talk if willing to. So sister Tara life goes on!

  • Tara  On 09/11/2012 at 6:31 pm

    Noted Black American author, James Baldwin once said, “People who cling to their illusions find it difficult, if not impossible to learn anything worth learning: a people under the necessity of creating themselves must examine everything, and soak up learning the way the roots of the tree soak up water.” Balkaran! James Baldwin lived a life of hell on earth- in this great of land of America but it was not until he migrated to France, that he truly understood the true context of his character. Like Baldwin, I also left Guyana a divided nation, where race and class is the cancer of society. Even though my experience was no where close to what Baldwin lived, I share a sense of commonality in his struggle.

    Balkaran, I left Guyana because I did not want to succumb to the hopelessness as many of my countrymen and women but to make a difference beyond the hate and injustice. Moreover, I have been able to soak up learning, the way the roots of the tree soak up water. I have also been influenced by great men and women who have struggled through adversity and helped shape the world we live in today. In case you forget, Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela, Helen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma, just to name a few of these brave souls who defied all odds for the love of country. It is also from these books that we are able to understand the TRUE nature of their struggles.

    So, with all your learned experiences, why do you not write a book? Instead of speaking in tongues. And remember, the Swiss Bank was and still is the haven for millionaires and Heads of States around the world. Are you going to impeach Rommney the GOP canididate for outsourcing his millions?. If it was a crime to put money away in Swiss Banks, then the world would not have leaders because every Head of State would be imprisoned today. Those in Guyana, use other sources to hide the PEOPLE’s money. How about multiple accounts in other people’s name- in and out of Guyana?

    On a lighter note, I am truly a social activist and have been of service to this country in many ways. I truly believe in giving back to those who are less fortunate.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 09/12/2012 at 3:44 am

    “The lives of great men do remind us that we can make our lives sublime, and departing leave behind us Footprints on the Sands of Time.” Those world leaders who have squandered the opportunity given to them to make a difference on the world stage of life’s ongoing Drama, will no doubt have to account for their roles in some way or the other. The International Criminal Court in Hague is set up for such leaders once the evidence is there an international warrant will be issued for their arrest. Blessed are the poor for they shall inherit the earth. In Guyana there are some 83,000 sq miles of terrority yet we moan for the poor among us. The government and their representatives in the Parliament are not in a land distribution mode and so the population will not ask for land to be distributed among those who can make good use of such lands that are available in such abundance of Fresh water. So where will development come from. Who will put forward a Land development Plan that is all embracing and that can solve many ills of the society including that of Corruption!

  • Tara  On 09/13/2012 at 4:27 pm

    One blogger recently said that “we sit on our perch in North America and critique Guyana” but sometimes one’s vision of country becomes clear, only from the outside. I call it a spiritual awakening. After all, James Baldwin “The Fire Next Time” is a true testimony of the wonders of the human spirit to self- analyze. Not only did he understood his faults but also recognized his talent (somewhere distant and away) from the ‘muck” of segregation and a horrible childhood.

    So, for those of us who use this blog to talk about the credibility and integrity of the PPP/C or the Burnham Government from our “perch”, is an indication of our own self-analization of the political climate in Guyana. Baldwin did not expect White America to agree with his assessment of the political climate in his country, but he started a Civil Rights conversation, which helped changed the landscape in America.

    So, are we going to sit silently and allow our 83,000 miles of beautiful land-space to be gobbled up by greedy aspiring politicians, whose only desire is to own the country? Are we going to allow young Guyanese men to be killed without a trial? Are we going to allow less than qualified teachers to teach in classrooms? Are we going sit back and allow Guyana to be Haiti, Saudi Arabia and the list goes on? PLEASE!!!!!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 09/14/2012 at 11:57 am

    Kalidasa, a twentieth century poet wrote”Tell me not in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream, for the Soul is dead that slumbers and things are not what they seem!” Many of us consider ourselves to be the Patriots of our beautiful land of our Birth. and we are struggling to accept the legal changes we would like to bring about. We are struggling to let others see the merit of those changes but those changes will only come with acceptance of each other’s viewpoints and considered cooperation. Nothing great was ever achieved without a struggle. How many people did the Jagdeo or Ramotar killed without a trial. Put the statistics on the table and let us analyse then on an annual basis. The Guyana Human Rights is alive and vocal and I have not heard them raise a voice, except for the recent Linden issue on the percieved State Killings. It is the Government’s right to protect and develop the 83,000 sq miles that is owned by the country.The Amalia Water falls is a case in point. $840 million US will be spent to give the Country cheap Hydroelectricity so that Lindeners or anyone else will not have to protest and lose their lives for cheaper or free electricity. This great project will begin in 2013! That is real development where we use our Natural Water Resources to bring in hydroelectrical power to our country and perhaps to our neighbours, Brazil and Venezuela.

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