Guyana Elections: Jagdeo warns US visas will be hard to get if opposition elected

Jagdeo warns US visas will be hard to get if opposition elected

Former President Bharat JagdeoMonday, 30 March 2015 – Written by 

Sunday’s rally marked the official commencement of the party’s election campaign ahead of the May 11 general and regional elections.

Former president Bharat Jagdeo told a rally in Kitty on Sunday that the opposition parties, if elected into power, will create adverse conditions which will force Guyanese to apply for visas in increasing numbers, thereby forcing the United States (U.S.) Embassy in Guyana to clamp down on visa distribution here.

As hundreds of Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) supporters, decked in their white and/or red tops, listened intently, cheering for him ever so often, the former president outlined several predictions which did not adduce evidence to substantiate.

Jagdeo said that were the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) + Alliance for Change (AFC) coalition to win the May 11 elections, the exchange rate, which currently stands at around US$213-G$1, would skyrocket to US$500-G$1 in three years.He also said “they would eat up all the money that we have in the central bank because that’s their way of doing things.” Noting that the U.S., as of recent, has been somewhat liberal in the issuance of visas, Jagdeo predicted that eventualities following a victory at the polls for the opposition parties “will trigger a mass exodus so that the U.S. Embassy (in Guyana) will have to clamp down, once again, in issuing visas.”The former president also sought to edify those at the rally of an alleged knack on the part of the opposition parties for mobalising criminals.

“We have seen what they can do…a few years back (Moses) Nagamootoo and Nigel Hughes gave the president an ultimatum to dismiss (Home Affairs Minister Clement)Rohee or there will be consequences,” Jagdeo recalled.

The ultimatum he spoke of was made following the unjustified gunning down, in 2012, of 17-year-old Shaquille Grant, an Agricola youth, by members of the Guyana Police Force.

Members of the opposition had argued that the incident was yet another indictment on the performance of Rohee, and were adamant and pointed in their call for his removal.

“Of course the president ignored them, (and) by the next afternoon, thugs were mobalised… they blocked the roads, beat up people, women couldn’t pass there, people who live on the East Bank couldn’t go back home across…babies were crying on the streets because they couldn’t get to their families, women werepulled out of vehicles and harassed…,” Jagdeo said. He was referring to the Agricola unrest.

Jagdeo failed to mention that there is a feeling that statements made by Cabinet Secretary Roger Luncheon on the day of the unrest, that is, that government was “ready to rumble,” may have acted as a catalyst for the events.

Luncheon’s statements were in response to challenges and criticisms issued by the opposition parties and critics from other sections of society.

Despite having no evidence to justify the connection between prompting of the opposition parties and the Agricola unrest, Jagdeo told PPP/C supporters that “Nagamootoo doesn’t speak about that because it was his and Nigel Huhhes’ ultimatum thattriggered what happened in Agricola.”

He further saidthat the opposition parties, particularly APNU, is highly militaristic, criminal in purpose, and is prepared to use “violence to achieve its means.”

Jagdeo claims that the parties are already using violence to intimidate businesses to contribute to the campaigns of the opposition parties.

“They have already started threatening the businessmen, that if you don’t give us money for our campaign, they have a gang going around threatening business people that when we get in office were going to deal with you,” the former president alleged.

Jagdeo also used the opportunity to make public his perception on the homicide of Courtney Crum-Ewing, the activist who was gunned down in Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) earlier this month, and whose killers remain at large.

“Who benefits from this? Definitely not the PPP…,” Jagdeo said, seeking to shrug off suspicious and claims that his party may have had something to do with Crum-Ewing’s death. Even as he dismissed any likelihood of the PPP/C’s involvement in the killing, Jagdeo said Crum-Ewing may have been killed to raise the ire of former police and army ranks against his party.

“They want ex-soldiers and policemen to get angry with us…theywant to go around using this to carry the whisper campaign to the afro-Guyanese villages like they did in 2011,” Jagdeo charged.

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  • de castro  On 03/30/2015 at 6:13 am

    More scaremongering !

    Why can’t electioneering be more positive…..not speculative !

    Maybe will soon be able to Google Guyana manifesto.

    Have already googled uk s participants to read their manifestos…

    Uk its party politricks
    Simple CONSERVATIVES rich class party.
    LABOUR working class party

    Hung parliament with major party joining with “others” to form a majority government….301 MP s….numbers game.

    My only objection is its done after results.

    At present its CON+LIB …Rich class + freedom class.

    Guyana s politricks is in the “dark ages” ….the world has moved on
    its 2015…..slagging off the oppositionis negative politics.

    Please please wake up guyana !


  • albert  On 03/30/2015 at 10:15 am

    Jagdeo is telling the crowd things they can relate to: people will try to flee so you will not get visa to join your family in America if the opposition win; they threatening businessmen to give them money or they will deal with them.
    Sounds like the kind of messages that will get through to many Guyanese
    Scare them but also tell them what they want to hear, like Netanyahu did in
    Israel………..the best snake oil salesman always win.

  • de castro  On 03/30/2015 at 10:52 am

    Naivety is a curse Guyanese must avoid…recognise.
    Sooner the better ….

  • guyaneseonline  On 03/31/2015 at 1:39 am

    A failed country brings back the cause of its failure
    March 31, 2015 | By KNews | Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

    At the 2015 death anniversary of Cheddi Jagan in Berbice and at the Kitty launching of the PPP’s election campaign, the front man as in the style of Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones, was Bharrat Jagdeo.
    If we had stand-up comedians like the US, Donald Ramotar would have become mincemeat. Someone needs to ask, “Can the real Presidential candidate, please stand up?” Jagdeo is the front man for the PPP election campaign and from the way he overshadows Ramotar, a visitor from Newfoundland would swear that Jagdeo is the presidential contender.
    Mr. Jagdeo actually went on to say that he is in charge of the government when he made a gargantuan Freudian slip. He told a press conference that after speaking to President Ramotar, the policy of financial support for medical facilities for governmental seniors would be reshaped.
    The trouble with the resuscitation of Bharrat Jagdeo is that you don’t need a doctorate in economics to know that he was a failed President. Guyana as a failed country is bringing back the cause of its failure. And it is not that you have to do intense research to ascertain the horrible economic non-performance of Jagdeo. His twelve-year-reign is emblazoned with financial, economic and social misery.
    read more

  • guyaneseonline  On 03/31/2015 at 1:49 am

    Denial can lead to delusion
    March 31, 2015 | By KNews Columnists, Peeping Tom

    The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) is doing all within its power to avoid winning a landslide come May 11, 2015. There is only one thing that the PPPC needs to do to sweep the polls; and it is studiously avoiding doing that one thing.
    There is only one thing that stands in the way of the PPPC regaining its lost parliamentary majority and retaining the Presidency. That one thing is corruption under the PPPC governments. The bulk of the allegations surround corruption allegedly circulating around the major projects that have been undertaken by the PPPC.
    The ruling party has been accused of using these projects to siphon off funds. It has been accused of cronyism, that is, the sharing out of benefits to its friends and associates. This it is said principally happened under the Jagdeo administration PPPC administration. The PPPC has denied these allegations.

    Read more –

  • Max Mohamed  On 04/02/2015 at 11:27 pm

    yep, Jag is worried that the PPP boys will flee to the US when they lose this one…but many of them boys won’t be so lucky cuz the US already revoked how many visas from that party??????

  • de castro  On 04/03/2015 at 3:49 am

    Rats usually hide and breed in the gutters of politricks….
    You can poison or flood them out but somehow they survive.

    In olden time people ate them in besieged cities to survive.

    Would you ?

    That is the question facing the Guyanese people.

    We shall see on 11 may …and celebrate or not on 26 may ….

    Que sera

  • albert  On 04/03/2015 at 3:56 pm

    When you see Jagdeo lifestyle and his living accomodation you understand why he is working so hard to keep Ramoutar in office. They will be after him for sure.

  • de castro  On 04/03/2015 at 4:55 pm

    Mussolini was hung upside down ….his limbs pulled from his body …
    Hitler committed suicide….Stalin was lucky to survive WW2 after Hitlers betrayal….most of the political class today are aware of how politics changes peoples lives…and how quickly support can disintegrate/disappear.
    A week month year is a loong time in politricks.

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