Letter: Cheddi (Joey) Jagan (Jr.) on Guyana’s new government

Letter: Cheddi (Joey) Jagan (Jr.) on Guyana’s new government

Joey Jagan

Joey Jagan

Dear Editor:
Before I get to the real substance of this letter, I would like to just let the public understand that with the demise of the PPP leadership, quite a few people have told me about the opportunities I could have if that leadership is challenged.

I would like to make it quite clear to the public that I have committed to the coalition and President Granger and Prime Minister Nagamootoo and I have absolutely no interest in the affairs of the PPP, especially under the dictates of the Gang of 8, who are committed to rendering that party obsolete with their undemocratic, communistic ways.  

There should be a special congress called and those in the Gang of 8 should be expelled from the PPP through the democratic process, with newer and younger minds placed in the leadership – send Uncle Donald , his boss, the bully and their acolytes packing once and for all – they destroyed Jagan’s legacy.

Editor, President Granger’s cabinet of Ministers contain men and women who will perform much better than that of the PPP government. I can guarantee the public that Dr. Roopnarine will perform better than any Education minister under the PPP and as the years in opposition cemented his credentials as a true patriot of Guyana, he will bring to that job, a dedication to our children which will be unmatched in years to come.

Mr. Bulkan, as the minister of housing and local government and with a business mind-set embedded in his approach, will bring rapid results with good intentions for the Guyanese people and I can assure the public that here is man who is committed to the betterment of all Guyanese; Mr.Scott, my brother and friend, will bring a special dedication to that ministry as deputy minister and will help to make a huge difference.

After Mr. Ashni Singh’s malignant fiscal policies which were shrouded in secrecy, the new finance minister, Mr. Jordan, is a breath of fresh air and I am convinced that Guyana’s finances will be under tight control and transparent for all to see. I detect that Mr. Jordan is a real professional and not, like Ashni Singh, a wannabee politician. I have always respected Mr. Greenidge and expected him to be finance minister – I remember bringing to President Cheddi’s attention a speech Mr. Greenidge made in Islamabad, Pakistan when he was finance minister in which his presentation was very relevant to investment and trade for Guyana. His elevation to Foreign Affairs is welcome and his demeanour and intelligence will serve him well to gain a great deal for our future prosperity as his emphasis will be on bringing trade and investments to Guyana.

Editor, Minister Ramjattan will bring down crime and make Guyana safer for all citizens, I am sure of that; he will bring a new professionalism with good support systems for our Police force, I am sure of that; he is a much more welcome figure  and will command more respect from the ranks  than our former minister (who the goat bit real hard), I am sure of that.

Minister Hughes will be an exceptional minister of tourism and I know that she recognizes the need to diversify and enlarge our tourism capabilities, especially linking most developments to the private sector; her role in the escalation of our economic expansion will be a positive one.

I am sure of that. Dr. Norton, the minister of health, is a friend and over many conversations over the years, I can attest to his commitment to the people of Guyana and after the disaster of Bheri Ramsaran, what a breath of fresh air Dr. Norton brings the this vital ministry and I know for sure that he’ll be a thousand times better than “comrade’ Bheri.

Mr Basil Williams, Esq. as Attorney General will set new standards, I am sure; being on a friendly basis for many years, I really believe that our new Attorney General will be professional, fair and always stay within the laws of Guyana as decisions are made; his performance will render Nandilall’s tenure as just a joke, I am sure of that.

Editor, time and space does not allow mention of the remainder of the Cabinet, but I am sure that Mr. Harmon will be a million times better than Luncheon ever was and wiser too in dealing with the Office of the President, not “lording” over all the government agencies, like Luncheon did for many years. Good luck to all the ministers and I wish Mr. Granger and Mr. Nagamootoo all the best and compliment them on the selection of this wise cabinet- the people have spoken, let goodwill and the love of the almighty take us on a voyage to make Guyana a truly good place to live.

Yours faithfully,
Cheddi (Joey) Jagan (Jr.)

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  • de castro  On 06/03/2015 at 2:57 am

    Interesting times ahead.…….only time will tell.
    Openers and transparency the way forward.
    War on crime and corruption…

    It is not clever to cheat or lie…..karma…it returns to haunt you.
    Number nah sleep !

  • Thinker  On 06/03/2015 at 6:57 am

    After forming his own party and not getting the Indian support he expected, Joey went back into the PPP despite vehement criticism of the communists and liars therein. He knew that they had stepped away from his fatherès vision. Why so bitter now.There is nothing that he didnt know before. He is now praising some of his QC acquaintances to high heaven. Note however that he says nothing about Nagamootoo whom he dislikes intensely. Or has that too changed

  • De castro  On 06/03/2015 at 7:16 am

    Joey is a boy in a mans world where politics in Guyana is concerned.
    However he does have the right to change sides…..maybe he still dreams
    of his fathers mistakes…and wishes to correct some.
    Much prefer to see his sister enter the political arena.
    Women are more ‘clinical’ killers instinctively…
    One female politician I admire is the Scottish SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon….
    She will certainly ‘rock ‘ the Westminster boat ……the status quo in politricks !

    Why his dislike for Nagamootoo ?
    Personalities in politricks best ignored.

    Jealousies/envy/despise all negatives ! best ignored.

    My take

  • goodluck34  On 06/03/2015 at 7:52 am

    Way to go Joey, Man A Man na cassava stick. Chip do not fly far from the block. This is the real Cheddie I know, coming out of young Joey. Keep-up the good work Joey. A word of caution for Mr. Granger, watch your step – Cheddie is


  • Restorer  On 06/03/2015 at 9:53 am

    I agree with most of what Joey Jagan says, even though he is known as a renegade. This is forward thinking. For, me like many other middle class GT citizens who know the days of a professional civil service, this cabinet is a breath of fresh air. Having a statesman for a president and gracious first lady makes me shed tears of gratitude. Having a prime minister, who is politically experienced, qualified and statesmanlike as well as a wife who is well educated as Sita is -just amazing. I wish them all the best from the bottom of my heart. I am willing to work with this team to build this beautiful land. Let’s put aside pettiness, racism, hatred and embrace patriotism, nationalism and be true to our nation’s pledge. Lets work hard and build together.

  • sirenagx  On 06/03/2015 at 6:50 pm

    Lets hope that Joey is right.. although not sure if some of these people is as good as he believes. The PPP made too many mistakes, especially with projects and transparency and holding people accountable. The hope is that Moses and David will be inspired by their win and withstand any pressure to bow to political biases and take us to the promised land. They may be the counter weight for each other and any supporters seeking to self first in front of the nation. The demand from the voters and criticisms of the last government gives us a good chance of getting what Guyana voted for. Just saying.

  • bebe  On 06/04/2015 at 10:19 pm

    joey is a joker

  • Ram Jagessar  On 06/04/2015 at 11:45 pm

    I agree with much of what Joey says, except for the piece about destroying Cheddi Jagan’s legacy.

    What, may I ask, was this legacy of Cheddi Jagan of such alleged value?

    My reading of history shows Cheddi’s record to be a vast expanse of failure with the low point of a violent race war and an exodus of some 400,000 mostly Indo Guyanese from the country (figure used by Dr Mohan Ragbeer in his book The Indelible Red Stain).

    By the way, the departure of such a large number from a population of 612,000 (1963 estimate) is by my count the largest proportional exodus from any country in modern history.

    Did Cheddi bring about unity of the races? Nope.
    Did he liberate the sugar workers? Nope, didn’t get the chance.
    Did he get UK funds to develop Guyana? Fail again.
    Did he set up a socialist government in Guyana? Negative.
    Did he get independence for Guyana. Nada.

    Now some other points of interest.
    Who was the fool who went to the US and declared he was a communist? Cheddi?
    Who forced in Burnham as chairman of the PPP over strong objections of party loyalists? The same.
    Who absolutely refused to allow the military arm of the PPP to defend party members and property from Burnham’s race rioters? Yes it was Cheddi.
    Who gave critical support to the openly racist PNC under Burnham? Him again.
    Who was the idiot who continued to bend backward to get the support of the black working class that never came?
    Who bears major responsibility for the race riots, loss of government, and exodus of hundreds of thousands of PPP supporters? Cheddi must take his share.
    Who recovered the Guyana government from the PNC crooks and racists? No it wasn’t Cheddi who won the 1992 election. It was former US president Carter who forced Hoyte to end the crooked elections, and return Cheddi as president.
    Who failed to arrest a single corrupt racist PNC official when he became president in 1992? Cheddi again.
    Whose assembly declared the Kabaka Burnham a national hero?
    Who was totally helpless against Hoyte’s rioters. arsonists and criminals when they were making Guyana ungovernable? Cheddi, and yes Janet too!

    Somebody tell me what Cheddi achieved. Spell out his legacy for Guyana.
    I will tell you of the encounter I had with three elderly Indo Guyanese men in a bar in Toronto. I walked in delivering my newspaper Indo Caribbean Times, and told the men, did you see the assembly is talking about declaring Burnham a national hero? They want to make that racist dog a national hero!

    One of the men stopped me cold. “Don’t talk so about that man!” he declared, and the other two nodded their heads in agreement.

    I was stunned and slammed on my brakes. Mouth open, eyebrows raised.

    Is because of Burnham that we here in Canada,” explained the man, and the others nodded in agreement and took a drink of their beer (not Banks!).

    They could just as well have said it was because of Cheddi that they were now living happy in Canada.

  • De castro  On 06/05/2015 at 4:10 am

    Chrddi was a “pacifist” living in the Ghandi influenced era.
    Saw himself as “liberator” from colonialism.
    Very much influenced by his “communist” sweetheart Janet.
    Branded a “communist” by the US administration at the time…
    Corrupt Kennedies.😈
    Burnham seem like the right choice for the “multi” racial society post colonial era.
    Burnham anti slavery.
    Jagan anti colonisation.

    USA had replaced UK as the New Empire post WW2.
    The three musketeers E C S then “carved up” the spoils of war.

    Independence and freedom on everyones mind.
    India was first then ROW…….

    TODAY Google for what happened after WW2……COLD WAR.
    History repeats itself over and over again
    Fools ignore history at their peril.
    Written by victors.
    For victims.
    Guyanese the victims of history.
    Que sera

    • Thinker  On 06/05/2015 at 1:16 pm

      The long and short of Joey Jagan is that he is anti-communist and wants to protect his father’s legacy especially as it relates to Cheddi’s honesty and probity. He had hoped that the Jagan name would have been enough to woo Indians away from the PPP but it didn’t work out. Then he reentered the PPP in the hope of increasing his son’s chances within the party. Joey certainly doesn’t need an ambassadorial post.

  • Gigi  On 06/05/2015 at 10:52 am

    Guyaneseonline disappeared my earlier comment so this one might not go through because I am essentially going to say the same thing but far less wordy. Is it because I called Joey a bought and paid for shill angling for ambassador wuk because he doesn’t want govt wuk in Guyana where he has to be among and deal with the folks now in the Guyana govt?

    What is wrong with me pointing this out. I don’t plan on visiting Guyana for the very same reasons.

    • guyaneseonline  On 06/05/2015 at 12:37 pm

      To GIGI and others commenting on GuyaneseOnline:
      Guyanese Online has NOT “disappeared your earlier comment” as mentioned above.
      It was never received…. so you could re-submit it if you like.
      Users can comment and say anything they want except for foul language or personal attacks on other bloggers.

      If I do have to exclude a comment or omit the offending parts then you will be informed.
      Enjoy the various points of view on this website and keep commenting.

      Kind regards,
      Cyril Bryan.. Editor.

  • shaw  On 06/05/2015 at 9:47 pm

    Guyanese can say what they want the truth is the truth Sam Hinds said it best
    Here it is…

    Extend to the past President Jagdeo and the PPP/C their well-deserved appreciation
    June 3, 2015

    IT was good that Guyana’s National Stadium was there, such a grand, marvellous venue for the occasion, to host the inauguration of President David Granger. I was half expecting that the MC would have extended some words of appreciation to past President Bharrat Jagdeo for boldly and courageously pushing forward against criticism from many directions to have that facility built and available. Always a stickler for sustainability, past President Jagdeo sought and obtained significant assistance from the Government and people of India, trimming the design to minimise first cost, and putting off some things which were added at later stages – the stadium lights, the professional stage and paving the internal parking areas.
    He urged the design and layout for multiple uses – football, concerts and fairs, etc. Even the unpaved parking lot has been pressed into use as a building material storage and soil-blending area. We have in Guyana, now, one of the best and most utilised stadiums awaiting Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary!
    It was with similar attention to detail that past President Jagdeo led the construction of the Guyana International Conference Centre (with assistance from the Government and people of China), thus having it available for proud naming as the Arthur Chung International Conference Centre (not an inappropriate name).
    And, earlier, in a similar way he had led in Guyana eventually satisfying the commitment made by the then President Burnham in 1973 to provide a headquarters for CARICOM. Jagdeo, matching from our own funds a grant from the Government and people of Japan, was adamant that we do the best within our means and circumstances and at the same time adequately satisfy the needs of form and function. Do you recall the controversy then about the CARICOM Headquarters building? It may yet become the next facility for proud naming!
    Jagdeo needed to be bold and brave; the faint-hearted would make little headway, particularly in Guyana and with a new vision. Often, one has to press ahead differently from what many might be calling for. Henry Ford, a pioneer in the mass production of motor vehicles, was said to have remarked that if he had listened to the farmers, he would have bred a stronger horse; and listening to the city dwellers, he would have bred a faster horse. Perusing the many commentators on the intractable social, political and economic conditions in Guyana and their interconnections, one thinks of the Gordian knot that no one could unravel. As we were taught, young Alexander the Great refusing to submit to and to be befuddled and delayed by its complexity, took up his sword and cut through the knot.
    One must recall too, the context within which past President Jagdeo had to manage: the extremely difficult social, political and economic background – the slogan and practice of ‘Slow Fyah, mo Fyah’ following the PPP/C win at the 1997 elections which led even before any of the claimed degeneration of the PPP/C, to the proclamation of “freedom fighters” and the gunmen whose capture seemed to pose conceptual difficulties for a number of the then leaders of the nation’s security forces. The nation was put under great tension. Extending trust beyond the closest circles seemed to be courting suicide.
    There was much forcing and cutting through required to advance the Guyana economy and society to where they are today. And there would have been much bruising and hurt along the way.
    Of course, not all such forceful ventures would be successful. I have been from early, a cautious, ‘safe-bet’ person and I do recall about 1973 in my bauxite days, being pointed to a book then popular, ‘Up the Organisation’. The author, perhaps tongue in cheek, argued that any CEO that is having a success ratio greater than one in three in his proposed initiatives is likely being too cautious and may be missing truly game-changing possibilities for his company.
    Mr Editor, the charges were laid again that the PPP/C had neglected the development of the hinterland. What is one to think of the regular, daily number 72 and 94 minibus services to Mahdia (from about 1996) and to Lethem (from about 2006), putting movement between these places and the coast within the reach of many more Guyanese and thus facilitating increased social and economic activities and coastland – hinterland linking? And there are new roads and transportation services within Region 1 and Region 7. There are greatly improved education and health services and the grant of PV solar home systems to every home across the hinterland, ensuring a degree of electrification where a micro-electricity grid is not economic.
    The opening up of those roads and the branch to Karasabai and through to Monkey Mountain and Kato in Region 8 are stories to be told at another time, stories of how partnering was developed between the Government and relevant stakeholders. Today, too, many hinterland locations can be contacted by cell phones.
    What could be the basis of these charges of neglect?
    Mr Editor, my final question arises from the part of the programme ‘Spotlight’ which I saw a few nights ago. There was much pontification about the maturity of political groups and countries evident in the way they behaved on learning of the results of their national elections. Favourable mention was made of political groups in another developing country, but not a word on our Guyana situation: how the PNC behaved in the run-up to, during and after the 1992 elections which brought the PPP/C to office. There was much the same for our 1997 elections with, as mentioned before, the addition of the ‘Slow Fyah, mo Fyah’ slogan. The commentator’s silence was thunderous in not raising obvious comparisons with our PPP and PPP/C response, to the change in Administration on the declaration of the 2015 elections (which we earnestly dispute even if no one else cares) and to the manipulated results of the elections from 1964 to 1985, when we covered our faces with our hands and cried our hearts out.
    What are we of the PPP and PPP/C to think when our contributions and sacrifices to keeping people, nation and country whole seem to be viewed askance?
    The PPP/C, at the wicket or in the field, in or out of office will continue to be the best team, the ‘A’ team, for the people and country of Guyana.
    Former Prime Minister and President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana
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    • Thinker  On 06/04/2016 at 2:30 pm

      Guyanese still tend to see things in terms of black and white and Hinds has done a good job putting forward some of the positive aspects of the PPP in office. It is only the freedom of the press which will help us get some sort of balanced opinion with regard to recent history. By the way has the Rodney COI Report been officially released?

  • De castro  On 06/06/2015 at 8:09 pm

    Interesting read but must add not enough forward thinking…..optimistism.
    More a “sort of postmortem”…..
    A week month year is a long time in politricks…..
    Let’s hope the next five years we have peace and prosperity
    with strong opposition in the form of PPP/C.
    A GOVERNMENT Is as good as its opposition.

    We are judged by our actions not words.
    Decisive action against “corruption” is how future governments will be judged
    FIFA a prime example of how damaging corruption “destroys” dreams/beliefs.
    It can also divide/destroy nation states.
    Guyana no exception.

    Forever the optimist.
    Sir kamtan lord of cherin by appointment to HRH QE2 UKPLC

    • ZARENA ALI (@zarenazena)  On 06/03/2016 at 7:28 am

      Is there peace unity and non-corruption?
      Very heartening response CDE Sam Hinds.
      Joey Jagan need to review his comments today after the 1 year mark!

  • Research Management  On 05/19/2016 at 1:42 pm

    Great comments, I don’t know much about the politics but I think most or all of the Guyanese’s people wants what best for Guyana. It seems that all of these issues stems from a racial perplexity. I have never seen a nation divided by the color of one’s skin. Many Guyanese live abroad and I don’t think they think that the ” WHITE MAN” should treat them with inferiority complex. I am a little confused with the race division. I look at them all most or all of them are dark in complexion. However, the Guyanese’s religions are so diverse. it appears that every one respects each other religions and beliefs. why can’t they work together from that perspective. This is a very complex nation!!!… lol

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