Jagdeo cusses out defenders of GECOM Chairman appointment – AFC Responds

Jagdeo cusses out defenders of GECOM Chairman appointment

Kaieteur News – 27 October 2017

Unapologetic about his language, Leader of the Opposition and General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), Bharrat Jagdeo went on a profane tirade against defenders of President David Granger’s decision to unilaterally appoint James Patterson as the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).

At a press conference which was aired live via the PPP/C’s Freedom radio station, Jagdeo appeared clearly upset with the media, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and those who agreed with the President, that the 18 names submitted for the post of Chairman were not ‘fit and proper’.

“This is all bulls**t,” the former President declared to reporters, as he discussed suggestions made by the Prime Minister about constitutional reform, which could address the appointment of the GECOM Chairman.    

The Opposition Leader continued, “Frankly speaking, that is the only thing that comes out of his [Prime Minister’s] mouth. Today I am saying this because I am fed up listening to platitudes and things that don’t mean anything when our democracy is threatened.”

Jagdeo said the 18 nominees are more qualified than ‘this parasite we have for Prime Minister’.
“You should see what they said about the 18 people they say are not suitable, in an attempt to maintain his perks and good life,” Jagdeo stated.

Asked by Kaieteur News if he believes the tone and words used in his deliver fits a former President, Jagdeo replied, “I am extremely proud, because it’s the typical Kaieteur News again.”

“I have not dealt with the lies of the newspaper; he is concerned about my tone. My tone is one of disgust. I can’t find elegant language to describe disgusting people. That’s how I find Nagamootoo, [Khemraj] Ramjattan and [Raphael] Trotman and the others. I cannot find; I am at a loss for elegant words to describe them. The country will have to forgive me for this, but that’s not the issue here. The issue is about Granger and the illegal act. The Chief Justice in her ruling said that he has to give reasons why he rejected it [the list],” Jagdeo stated.

He claimed that sympathisers have launched ‘a jaundiced and despicable attack’ on the 18 individuals he identified for the GECOM post. Jagdeo further suggested that the defenders of the President’s decision are ‘slime balls’ and continued to pile on unfounded accusations against Kaieteur News Editor in Chief, Adam Harris.

The Opposition Leader contends that the president had enough names to choose from.
“You had Indo-Guyanese, Afro-Guyanese, and other people on that list. Granger acted unconstitutionally in defiance of the Chief Justice’s ruling,” Jagdeo contended.

Since he consulted with civil society, Jagdeo claims that the President’s rejection of the list is a rejection of civil society.
In total, Jagdeo submitted three lists. The most recent was on August 25th, and that list included Major General (Retd) Joseph Singh, Attorney-at-Law Teni Housty, Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin, Mrs. Annette Arjoon-Martins, Pastor Onesi La Fleur and Former Magistrate Krishnadatt Persaud.

Jagdeo met with party and regional leadership following his press conference last Thursday and presented a defined strategy of non-cooperation.

The Opposition Leader stated that the party will cooperate wherever members have to perform a statutory function by virtue of being elected or required to do so by the Constitution. Members will participate in all activities where they can expose wrongdoing and corruption.

He said they will go to the Parliament in the open sessions, but might not go to all the sessions.

According to Jagdeo, the PPP/C commissioners will be in GECOM because the party fears that the government will make decisions that in the PPP/C’s absence would lead to rigging of elections.

He said that the party will organise protest action to greet Government officials when they visit the regions.

The party plans to participate in bodies where members can advocate for benefits, and can defend the interests of Guyanese and will play a role in Government’s Border Commission, which will formulate a plan of action to settle the longstanding border dispute with Venezuela.


AFC calls Jagdeo “desperate, vulgar and hypocritical”

Kaieteur News – 27 October 2017

Recent statements by Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo have once again convinced the Alliance For Change (AFC) that the former President is not only desperate, vulgar and insincere, but even bordering on political insanity.

In a missive to the press last night, the AFC exposed that Jagdeo is unashamedly hypocritical. In this regard, the AFC reminded that when President David Granger appointed the Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Jagdeo stated that the PPP would stage a campaign of non-cooperation. In fact, Jagdeo said that his party would not be participating in the upcoming discussions of the National Border Commission.

The AFC said that in his usual two-faced fashion, Jagdeo has now opted to “selectively participate” in discussions regarding Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The AFC noted that at a news conference yesterday, Jagdeo also flip-flopped on his threat to pull PPP-controlled Regional, Municipal and Neighbourhood Democratic Councils from infrastructural and development tasks.

The AFC said that after his reckless statements, Jagdeo was faced with a backlash from the Guyanese people, including those who voted for the PPP.

The Party said that Jagdeo then sought to reformulate his non-cooperation to include refusal of regional officials to meet with Government leaders and to picket the President when he visits the countryside.

“The AFC notes that on this occasion, when Jagdeo professed love of Guyana he declared that he was speaking ‘in coded language’, which we interpret to be an attempt to cover his reckless promise that he would cede a portion of Guyana’s territory to Venezuela if given the chance to do so.”

“Jagdeo is aware that the Guyanese people would, as they have done, reject any activities to destabilize the society and to sabotage economic development. The AFC however is vindicated in its view that as Jagdeo loses grip on the possibility of returning as President, he would not only become intemperate but desperate and, as we have witnessed, vulgar.”

The AFC said that as a former President and a “hapless seeker” of a third term, Jagdeo has descended into the pit of gutter politics when he used foul, reprehensible and uncouth language to label its party’s leaders who are duly elected Members of Parliament and government ministers.

The Party said that Jagdeo has brought both the offices of former President and Opposition Leader into disrepute.
“As if politically insane, Jagdeo referred to statements made by our party’s elder statesman (and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo) as “bulls**t”. Our young generation who are looking for better leadership in the future have now witnessed the real Jagdeo, who once described journalists as “carrion crows” and those with whom he disagrees as ignoramuses.”

“AFC again alerts the Guyanese people not to be fooled by the rhetoric of this failed President who seeks to sow fear and insecurity in our country.

His hypocrisy and double-speaking are characteristic of this political hustler who sees the appointment of a new Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission as an occasion to sow racial and political fear and to fracture the unity of our people.”

The Alliance For Change said that it condemns Jagdeo for this scurrilous attack on its party’s leadership and calls on all right-thinking Guyanese to reject Jagdeo’s divisionist tactics and his compromise of Guyana’s territorial integrity.

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  • Denise  On 10/27/2017 at 8:24 am

    The Opposition Leader should not use the word democracy in his tirade. He does not and never knew the meaning of the word. When things don’t go his way, he lashes out at the Guyana government. Bottom line is he hates not holding the reins of power any longer and will always remain frothing at the mouth if he’s not in control. This man wreaked havoc on the nation for 22 years and he has the gall to criticize decisions being made by the government.

  • tata  On 10/29/2017 at 8:06 pm

    TWENTY TWO YEARS of Cronyism and gross mismanagement of Guyana’s resources and now Jagdeo and his RACIST Empire are complaining?

    Jagdeo! Pack your bag and go home. Enough of YOU. YOU have nothing to give to the people of Guyana but GRIEF.
    Notwithstanding the fact that Guyana’s OIL wealth is now your NIGHTMARE.

    GROW UP you BIGOT!

    • Thinker  On 11/04/2017 at 4:19 pm

      The issue is not Jagdeo but the constitution. If a President does not feel bound by it, there is really no hope for Guyana. Seems to me that all is being arranged for the next election to be rigged. If we cannot have confidence in an electoral system we are up the creek and attacked Jagdeo as an individual is a Trumpian diversion. It also makes meaningless any attempt at changing the seriously flawed Burnham constitution that no one was ever in a hurry to change. Round and round we go; where we stop nobody knows except that it will be in the disaster zone. The AFC should exit with a bang instead of a whimper. Oppose the return of the bad old days of PNC paramountcy. Have the guts!

  • Youman  On 11/05/2017 at 11:00 am

    Jagdeo cusses and is unapologetic about his language… well that says it all
    These people should grow up and stop hiding behind their grand title and gated mansion! !!

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 11/05/2017 at 11:25 pm

    The AFC will make every attempt to deflect attention from its dying days. To stay relevant and win favours with APNU it supports Mr. Granger’s unilateral appt of GECOM chair, while disrespecting/ignoring 18 recommended Guyanese by the Opposition causing it to lose a significant faction’ support, the Canadian AFC. So, like the silly KN, it zeroes in on the admitted “inelegant” language of Mr. Jagdeo.
    How parochial!

    Wonder what they would do if they heard this in parliament, as let loose by current PM of Canada – widely loved/respected around the world – Justin Trudeau to the then Environment Minister: “Trudeau could be heard shouting, “You piece of shit” at the environment minister”.


    Furthermore, his equally loved/respected father Pierre Elliot Trudeau once claimed he said “Fuddle Duddle” in parliament. MP’s heard differently, and every Canadian will tell you it was the “F” word he let loose.


    Veda Nath Mohabir

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