Statistics and names of ethnic cleansing during the PPP’s reign – By Freddie Kissoon

Statistics and names of ethnic cleansing during the PPP’s reign 

 AUGUST 24, 2015 | BY KNEWS | COLUMNISTS, FREDDIE KISSOON

The talk coming out of the mouth of the Indian dominated PPP and its affiliate organizations, particularly the Indian Arrival Committee, now the Indian Action Committee, is that there is ethnic cleansing against East Indians by the APNU-AFC Government. The IAC has latched on to certain dismissals in the public sector.

This same IAC was on another planet when African Guyanese were supplanted in the same public sector and in scholarship awards. 

Mark Benschop was charged for treason. Oliver Hickson was charged for sedition and refused bail. A young mother Carol-Ann Munroe and her army husband Bruce were charged for treason along with a family friend, Leonard Wharton. All five named here were African Guyanese. Where were the voices of the PPP and the IAC that are shouting accusations of ethnic cleansing? To make matters worse, all the special prosecutors hired by the state to prosecute these five victims were Indians.

When an Indian, Chabilall Ramsarup was put in charge of Trade and Customs Administration of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) over Ingrid Griffith, a senior GRA official, who once acted in that position, the entire IAC was on vacation in India. Ramsarup at the time had no previous experience with Customs and Excise details. When the Jagdeo cabal refused to confirm Genevieve Whyte-Nedd as Chief Education Officer, thereby diminishing her pension entitlement, the entire IAC was on vacation in Pakistan.

When the school board of South Ruimvedlt Secondary School recommended Ms. Dawn English to be Headmistress, the promotion was denied by the Teaching Service Commission, headed at the time by Mrs. Leila Ramson, the wife of Charles Ramson, former Attorney-General.

Where was the IAC when Ms. Smith was denied her right to be promoted? At the same time, in the Ministry of Education, Ms. Bibi Ally, mother of Minister Irfan Ally, was promoted to Deputy Education Officer for Development and Mrs. Manickchand (Priya’s mother) was promoted to Placement Officer for Secondary Schools. That job at the time was held by an African Guyanese Mary Luke. Smith, Whyte-Need and Luke were not promoted but Ally and Manickchand were. Would the IAC care to comment?

When Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Slowe refused an edict by Home Affairs Minister Gajraj to return a firearm to a Berbician who was under police investigation, Slowe was cast aside in an obscure office at Eve Leary.
Where was the IAC? When a drug enforcement officer, Maurice Smith searched the suitcases of the DPP and her husband at the airport, Smith was subsequently charged for drug trafficking. During the court trial it was revealed through his lawyer, Mr. Nigel Hughes that the DPP had written to Smith’s superiors requesting his dismissal. Smith’s case was that he was charged out of spite by the DPP. He was acquitted. How come the IAC didn’t see ethnic bias in the motivation to charge Smith?

When researcher Lyris Primi was investigating ethnic preference in the awarding of scholarships in the Public Service that favoured Indian, she was met by a stonewall at the Public Service Ministry, which refused to release data to her. She completed her study without the statistics from the Ministry. Where was the voice of the IAC?  Did the IAC know what happened to the father of the West Indies superstar cricketer, Carl Hooper at Guyoil under the PPP? Did the IAC cry racial discrimination then? Does the IAC know that between 2007 and 2010, 47 employees were dismissed from GWI and only one was Indian, the Internal Auditor?  Did the people in the IAC read the 2010 Budget?

It revealed that in that year, the number of special contract workers for the all the Ministries and ten Regions were 3,312. Of that number 82 percent were Indians.

Here are some names for the IAC on what the PPP did to the state media. The following African Guyanese were ousted; Margaret Lawrence, Ave Brewster, Enrico Woolford,  Basil Bradshaw, Kim Backer,  Stan Gouveia, Cynthia Nelson, Roger Moore, Dean Adonis, Mark Young and of course Adam Harris. Here are the names of Permanent Secretaries who became victims of ethnic cleansing under the PPP; Reginald Brotherson (Amerindian Affairs), Noel Adonis (Education), Claudette Moore (Labour), Philip Hamilton (Ministry of Information),  Nigel Gravesande (Trade); Steve Bovell (GEC now GPL); Walter Jordan (Guywa now GWI); Ivor English, (Transport and Harbour Dept.; Winston Jordan (Budget Director), Alan Johnson (Georgetown Hospital CEO).

What you have read here is just the tip of the iceberg of ethnic cleansing under the PPP, starting with Cheddi Jagan but it was under Jagdeo and Ramotar that ethnic demonization of African Guyanese became official policy.
Yes! I stand by the word, “official.”

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  • de castro  On August 25, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Wow WOW….name and shame !

    By Freddie Kisoon.

    Am sure this is just the “tip of the iceburg” of how endemic corruption
    can destroy “nation building” in modern societies.
    Absolute disrespect for Law and Order by the political classes.

    Where is the “integrity” in politics…..its ethos !?

    Exposé like the above is a step towards peace and reconciliation
    of the ethnic differences in Guyana s society.
    In a “mini” state like Guyana it will be an uphill struggle
    but not an impossible one.
    War on corruption a step in the right direction.

    Fairness and justice (integrety) in all aspects of government
    will ensure our next generations of Guyanese remain and fight
    than cut and run…..to fight some other nations “battles”
    Grass always seems greener elsewhere……
    My generation of Guyanese in the diaspora is now
    “the lost generation”…only fools repeat and expect
    different results.

    Not wishing to upstage comrade kissoon exposé above …..please please
    make Guyana a home for Guyanese where human rights are upheld
    and respect for law and order enforced.

    In my college days an old guy entertained us in public outside parliament
    buildings…..an effigy of a “criminal” was flogged publicly to demonstrate
    difference between “good and evil” to our amusement.
    The message was “subtle” but we never forget….fools do !

    Que Sera Sera

    FREEDOM means different things to different people…..
    FREEDOM is more a mental than physical phenomenon.

    Viva Freedom of expression/thinking/understanding.

    Viva Guyana and Guyanese wherever you reside.😇

    Hasta luego
    Kamtan

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On August 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you, Freddie Kissoon! Our memories of events can be very selective.

  • Helen  On August 25, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    It is the goal of Jagdeo and the PPP opposition to keep racism alive and well in Guyana so as to disrupt the government and divide our people. Our new government need to ignore their racial comments and continue on its journey of bringing the Guyana we know and love back to us. I think that to date they’re doing a great job and making sure that any moves they make is not about race but truth, honesty and integrity. Three words that seem to have been lost on the PPP government for 22 years.

  • de castro  On August 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Helen
    Truth to power…the struggle continues.

  • Deen  On August 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    A very detailed and revealing article. I applaud Freddie Kissoon for his journalistic courage and his audacity to candidly address sensitive issues of political injustice and corruption.
    I’m no fan of the PPP/C and it past leaders, Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar, especially for the incidence of incompetence, mismanagement, bribery, corruption and crime that prevailed during their administration from 1992 – 2015. But, taking an impartial view of the political injustice that occurred in Guyana during my lifetime, I can emphatically state that the PNC government under the leadership of Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte, was also involved in political misdeeds. There were egregious acts of injustice that were meted out against Indo-Guyanese. As a result the bold racially actions, a large number of Indo-Guyanese, who could have afforded it, left the country and emigrated to the USA, Canada and elsewhere . Let’s not forget, those who opposed the PNC and Forbes Burnham, were not favorably treated. The most famous victim was Dr. Walter Rodney, who was assassinated.
    I’m sure that Freddie Kissoon may recall some of the acts of injustice that occurred during that time.
    It’s undeniable that Guyana has a racial divide. An eye for an eye will only make the nation blind, creating a greater rift and a dark future. Perhaps APNU-AFC can work vigorously and diligently to unite the people without a tit for a tat.

    • Helen  On August 26, 2015 at 12:41 am

      Dean….I agree with what you’ve said here but two wrongs does not make a right and there wasn’t an opposition party at the time that would have done anything different than what Burnham did, as proven by the PPP once they finally was able to regain power. The racial divide must stop right now if Guyana is to move onward and upward as a nation. I feel that this new government is committed to moving our country forward but look what the PPP is still trying to do….divide and rule and keep racism alive. It will be an uphill struggle for this government because the PPP is hell bent on destroying Guyana if they cannot be the government in power. It’s like a romance gone bad….if a man cannot get a woman because she’s with another man, he would rather kill her than give her up.

      • de castro  On August 26, 2015 at 3:39 am

        Helen
        Love turns to hate…..hate to love you…..
        Easier said than done if you are truely in love.
        Romeo Juliet et al…..
        Love is unconditional.
        Enjoyed your perspective of things political ..share the optimism !

        If my woman leaves me for another “man or woman” do the gentlemanly thing…..shake their hand.

        Have lived loved and lost but will love again.
        That’s life !😇

        Que Sera

        Liked your comment !😄

  • de castro  On August 25, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    The evil that men do lives after them the good is often interred with their bones

    The good that men do should live after them the evil buried with them.

    Guyana s karma

  • Deen  On August 26, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Helen and Kamtan, like you, it’s my fervent hope and wishful optimism that Guyana, someday, will follow the middle road that leads to peace, progress and prosperity. Let’s make a quick analysis of Guyana. Currently, it’s politically, economically and socially unstable. Over the decades irreparable damage has been done to the people and country. Many of the things we held sacred including unity, values, customs, traditions, respect and brotherhood have been compromised. Guyana continues to remain one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. I’m not negative or a pessimist, I’m Realistically citing the facts Guyana cannot emerge from the doldrums of dismay unless leaders can get the people to reunite. But, the majority of Guyanese are racially partisan, and politicians havi been feeding the beast of divisiveness for too long. As we know, a house dividend will never stand. The moral compass of Guyana has been compromised as a result of selfish, corrupt and vicious leadership. For Guyana to be restored to peace and prosperity, it needs leaders who are deeply committed and devoted to the welfare of all the people and country. Leaders who have an invincible ability to combat crime, bribery, corruption. Leaders who have the charisma and ‘know the way, can show the way and go the way’ to lead and influence people and all religious and social leaders to the table of brotherhood. Leaders who can motivate the people to believe in themselves and work for a better Guyana of One People, One Nation, One Destiny.
    Does Guyana have such leaders? Only time will tell.

  • OBSERVER  On August 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Mr Freddie Kissoon has exposed a litiny of names who were real VICTIMS of ethnic cleansing; yet there are so many more not named. Let me add just one; Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth & Sport, Keith Booker, who was dumped aside for Carifesta 2008 and replaced with someone from ‘outside’ who was given the title of CEO of Carifesta and Paid lots and lots of money. His name eludes me at the moment – but he is the guy wao was later appointed Permenent Secretary at the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs and got in to lots of trouble with his arrogant and racist behavour to the Amerindians. As far as I know, ALL those who are now being removed from Public Sector positions, have be sent off for serious mal-practices, such as allegedly stealing millions and millions of Tax payers monies. That, as far as I am concerned, is NOT “ethnic Cleansing”, or “witch hunting”;that is “Justice Hunting” as far as I am concerned.

  • albert  On August 29, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Deen: “Does Guyana have such leaders? Only time will tell”
    You wrote a good analysis but then you skip the real issue.
    One of my old professors years back would have said: You cannot escape but by thinking.
    Base on the present situaton could we return to “peace and prosperity” Why? If not why you think not?

  • Handsom Big Man  On August 30, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Clarence Chew. You forget his case Mr Freddie ?.
    Janet Jagan kick him out as Controller of Customs, he took them to court
    WON the case, they refused to give him back and job and pay him what
    money he was entitled to that the courts grant him. And the amount of names you
    listed is just a FEW budday. Rohee knock off ALL the BLACK PEOPLE FROM
    THE FOREIGN SERVIOE

    • Thinker  On August 30, 2015 at 7:02 pm

      Rohee knock off ALL the BLACK PEOPLE FROM
      THE FOREIGN SERVICE

      That and the first National Service list of UG students to go off to Kimbia were just about the most shocking examples of racial discrimination I can recall.

  • de castro  On August 30, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Politricks my friend ..politricks.

  • Reggie Chee a tow  On January 31, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I fervently hope that we can cross this racial divide.Guyana can still show the world how people of different races can live,work and play in harmony.We need the government to set an example for all of us to follow,maybe APNU can do us all proud.

  • Errol Benn  On August 29, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Lovely Freddie.You keep up the good work,Its time you start your own media house Brother.

  • Investor  On August 29, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    It’s time we demand race statistics in Guyana. From every Central and Local government entity. There was ethnic cleansing in all three eras – Burnham/Hoyte, PPP and now APNU/AFC. They were all wrong and we need to stop it.

  • linafree  On August 29, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Reblogged this on freedombyanymeans and commented:
    read. re-blog. remember. act.

    • De castro  On August 30, 2016 at 2:02 am

      Our western world now propogate a
      “Multi race multi cultural” society
      where equality of opportunities is
      fairly and justly applied.
      Some say “utopia” does not
      exist …most say it is not impossible.
      A more caring sharing world is possible … world without wars
      instigated by control freaks
      and nationalistic political cl asses
      or religious fanatics.
      Hope that the olympics is Rio
      has proven that we can compete
      peacefully even nationalisticly
      without harming/destroying each
      other.
      One message of Rio is clear.
      Where there is a will there is a way !
      Small is beautiful.
      Lil UK more medals than big China.

      Lil Guyana can be another lil UK.

      Forever the optimist
      Lord kamtan UKPLC

  • Barry Bourne  On August 31, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    These Indians always want everything for themselves.a selfish and racist people with Cheddi and Janet Japan responsible for this.

  • Shabroo James  On August 31, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    I love you Freddie ,you are an example of what Guyana needs . But I know it as well as you do, Indian Guyanese always voted PPP and will always do so in future . A awee bie da.

  • tata  On August 30, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Freddie! The proof is always in the pudding. You not only wrote the paper but you also did the research.

    Sadly, the followers of the PPP have kicked and screamed for decades about
    the abuse they suffered at the hands of the PNC. So, now is the time to show us the proof or shut the HELL UP.

    The PPP organization is the KLU KLUX KLAN of Guyana and one
    of the most RACIST organizations in the Western Hemisphere.
    Cheddie Jagan was the Grand Wizard, who along with his wife, polarized the nation with its racist ideological thinking.

    Today, the world is changing and I hope for the better because People are speaking out against bigotry and hate and it is time Guyanese stand up to this “We gan tek back we country” mentality by the PPP.

    The INDIANS, yes, the Native INDIANS of Guyana have been written out of Guyana’s history and this is extremely sad because these people have become the silent minority.

    Lift every voice!

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On January 10, 2019 at 10:17 am

    Not sure why this Aug 2015 piece by the Indian-hater, Freddie Kissoon, is resurrected.

    I will respond more fully to it later. In the meantime, Eusi Kwayana warned about Mark Benschop and Ronald Waddell (not mentioned here but Kissoon likewise mourned his subsequent violent death) in his 2004 book – The Morning After – in a Chapter on “Masterminds” . In the Preface, Horace Campbell writes: ‘This small book relates to a warning an IMPENDING MILITARY COUP …in Guyana (against the PPPC Gov’t)’.

    And, of course, Kwayana and Campbell are NOT Indians nor PPP supporters.

    VNM

  • Trevor  On January 10, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    Article resurrected just in time for us to fight each other while the Americans, Brits and Europeans load their tankers with oil and profit.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On January 12, 2019 at 1:10 am

    From an Indian perspective, Kissoon is like the colonial British (in fact he venerated European culture in one of his articles). Indians are intellectual dwarfs – just ‘Coolie’ – unless they are urbanized, he argues. His dismissal of “the entire IAC was on vacation in India” Or “the entire IAC was on vacation in Pakistan” shows his disdain for these Indian countries of origins.

    Kissoon lionizes anyone who is anti-Indian. Case in point: I mentioned Ronald Waddell and Benschop.
    Here is what Horace Campbell (in the Foreword, not Preface) writes:
    “Mr. Waddell …host of aTV show who used the media to spread the idea that Indo-Guyanese were economic migrants and therefore not qualified to be full citizens of Guyana. Waddell called for boycott of Indian businesses and talked of a ‘revolution’. Using the media to declare that Indians should have no share of the government of Guyana was providing the legitimacy for military activity against the duly elected government of Guyana.”

    Kwayana: After the PNC/R lost the 2001 elections, in which Waddell was a candidate, “he called on those Indians who did not vote for the PPP to report to the PNC headquarters for protection”. “The WPA challenged these statements publicly as making the crudest threats in times of peace…This was a major threat to people’s human rights. It is the kind of threat which one African people made against another in Rwanda.”

    So, while Eusi Kwayana views Benschop and Waddell as serious threats to national and Indian security Kissoon (whom many of commentators here lionize) sees these intolerant, anti-Indian characters as Guyana’s saviours.

    Should you be shocked when “Mark Benschop was charged for treason” (per Kissoon) given what Mr. Kwayana has exposed? The PPP/C would have read Kwayana’s 2004 book, which none of you clearly have read, and so chose to ensure people they can trust were put in key positions.

    Now for my own personal case.

    As a young chap, I was appointed to oversee the processing of all government accounts at the Treasury Dept, Min of Finance (staff of 14), when the manager left to join and run the IBM office in Guyana. I was the most senior in the said section, plus I had topped the IBM aptitude test. Immediately (first day), my assistant – a PNC supporter – approached me wanting me to split my increased salary and special allowance for the technical work.
    Soon after (at midday, one day) he was seconded to the Elections Commission because they also got similar IBM Unit Record machines to process and run electoral lists, etc. So now, I was doing three people’s work – the manager who went to IBM, mine and my assistant’s with no replacements. . Aside from managing 14 staff, the work was technical (with no training, except the manager who went to Puerto Rico for training for couple of months). Learning for me was taking home the manuals and studying them at home late in the night (as I had an active life in Theatre Guild and other Dramatic clubs). I still managed to get the work done and even had the first (1967) Public Accounts automated (for printery).

    One Saturday, I took the men staff to El Globo for drinks. My assistant, Wilmot Wright, was invited. After just one drink, it loosened his tongue and he point- blank said to me in the presence of the other staff: “Bir, I will get your job”. I replied, “I know”. Same weekend, I decided I will quit and leave for Canada – which I did.
    Ironically, he confided in me, (fearfully) saying I was the only person he could tell who would understand about the fraudulent things he was required to do at the Elections Commission. The rest is history.

    Soon after confiding in me (within six weeks) I left Guyana fearful for my own safety.

    So, what Kissoon is reciting is either sheer lies – as in the cases of Benschop and Waddell – or what a middle manager like me already experienced in 1968 under the PNC. At the time, I had a great prognosis at the job, at the theatre and radio (Hugh Cholmondeley, on several occasions – couple of times in presence of Wordworth McAndrew, a good buddy, and Terry Holder – asked me to join the Government Broadcasting team – which included 9 mos training in England in Radio and TV – which I turned down because I knew I had to toe the PNC government line).
    VNM

  • Tata  On January 15, 2019 at 12:03 am

    Need to change your MEDS.

  • NDTEWARIE  On February 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    ALWAYS BE YOU

    I will make this my main theme with ease
    I just watched TV Dione Warwick’s piece
    Who asked another great Sara Vaughn her secret
    And Sarah replied, “always be you” never fret
    And if all of us adhere to this gem
    We would not have any problem
    People all over the world are hypocrites
    Pretending to be what they aren’t in fits
    Blacks want to be white creaming
    Whites want to be brown tanning
    Kinky hair wants long hairs like the others
    Who’re you fooling, not even your brothers
    Politicians fooling the poor people being aces
    Year after year with straight bare faces
    How do they sleep at nights you millionaires
    Don’t your conscience prick showing some tears
    How many more darn millions can you spend
    Don’t you know karma will get you in the end
    Wonder why so many damn rich die of cancer
    Forgot that robbing the poor makes them poorer
    And let perps leave the children to be children
    Bullies leave the little kids to grow up as men
    As I am here leave the whales, sharks with fins intact
    Stop polluting oceans with plastics getting sidetracked
    The world’s problems can be solved if we always be you
    Loving one another despite your location, position or hue
    We can save our planet here and not trying to go up there
    Take care of the one here live and let live show you care
    Warring countries can save millions stopping being beastly
    Hunger can be abolished and man can regain his humanity

  • Trevor  On February 26, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Janet Jagan is not East Indian, but a white American Jewish woman.

  • Jeffrey Johnson  On July 7, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    Only now!! What more dis stupidniss en done yet

    • Trevor  On July 8, 2019 at 10:35 pm

      This is a story from the year 2015. I’m not sure why this has been exhumed just in time for elections.

      ExxonMobil and AmeriKKKa are likely bringing fake news into Guyana to create racial divisions, while they profit the oil and load up the oil tankers to Trinidad’s elites for refining.

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