Violent when in power, still violent when out of power –  Freddie Kissoon 

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  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 12/17/2017 at 2:27 pm

    Will get to Kissoon’s methodically irrational theories later.

    In the meantime, I just received this from a non-Indian friend. with the heading “Let the TEEFIN begin”. My response was: “If you can teef elections with the blessings of the American and British what’s a few million bucks”.

    As someone who worked at the Treasury in Guyana and put together 1966? Public Accts; and worked in the Ontario Gov’t as a Financial Advisor/consultant, I know well that ALL Revenues MUST flow through the CRF -= Consolidated Revenue Fund. It is a Constitutional requirement. Also, Otherwise, there would be no accountability for it.
    U.S $18m Exxon signing bonus…First set of oil money & they attempted to steal it – Jagdeo (KN).

    …he accuses Greenidge of misleading on ‘special fund’ claim

    Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, yesterday took the David Granger-led coalition administration to task for the handling of the US$18 million signing bonus received from global oil giant, ExxonMobil in 2016.

    Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo

    Government was forced to admit the existence of the bonus, spending the past seven days assuring Guyanese that the bonus is being held in a special Bank of Guyana account and is designated to be used for legal fees to settle the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela.
    However, Jagdeo stated that the monies should be transferred to the Consolidated Fund where it can be tracked and properly accounted for.
    “This is a major problem. The first set of oil money I believe they are attempting to steal. One would have forgotten about this special account. It’s not recorded anywhere and suddenly we hear it went for legal fees and that’s the end of it,” Jagdeo stated.
    He said that the bonus is similar to the Durban Park project which the Auditor General could not audit because there is no proper paperwork
    “My worry is that if the money is there and it’s not in any of the accounts provided for, then the direction will come from a Minister to the signatories, approve a million dollars for legal fees and its gone…then it’s not recorded in any of our accounts; it can’t be audited,” Jagdeo stated.
    Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge, had told the National Assembly that the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) specifically provides for public monies to be held in extra-budgetary funds and deposit funds until they are credited to the Consolidated Fund.
    Jagdeo, a former President and Minister of Finance accused Greenidge of misleading in his statement that the bonus was placed in a deposit fund. According to Jagdeo, under the FMAA, the Minister has the right to set up the special account and it does not have to be paid over promptly to the Consolidated Fund.
    However, on the establishment and operation of such fund, the Act requires that the Minister shall notify the National Assembly of the deposit fund and shall specify the source of the fund, the purpose for the expenditure from the fund, the banking arrangement for the fund and the intended investment policy for the funds.
    “The Foreign Minister misled the whole of Guyana when he said that this money was paid into a deposit fund so it was legally paid over and it is in accordance with the FMFA,” Jagdeo noted.
    The funds and the surrounding circumstances drew the attention of the Auditor General when a leaked letter addressed to Central Bank Governor, Dr. Gobind Ganga, and dated September 20, 2016, surfaced last Friday.
    Finance Secretary, Dr. Hector Butts, made it clear in the correspondence that the Bank of Guyana should not treat the money as part of its reserves. The letter showed that a request was made for the opening of a foreign currency account to receive a signing bonus from ExxonMobil.
    President Granger on Wednesday took responsibility for making the decision to secretly hold the funds in the Bank of Guyana. He said that the money is for a legitimate exercise – to be used for certain matters which Government perceives to be of national security interest.
    Trotman had indicated that the money is being kept to assist Guyana with its border controversy with Venezuela.
    Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram was first to come public that Government had received a signing bonus.
    At the time, Ram had claimed the amount to be US$20 million. Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, and Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman never admitted to the existence of the bonus despite being asked repeatedly by the press corps.
    Granger had expressed the view that not all Cabinet Ministers were aware of the bonus.
    “The Government can’t get its story right. First of all it denied the existence of the fund. Then the President said it’s just a small group of Ministers that agreed to this. Then the Vice-President [Greenidge] came and said it’s the Cabinet. Then he retracted that and said a small group of people. The record is there that they cannot get their story on that matter right,” Jagdeo noted.

    Since the Ministry of Finance letter surfaced, Ram has called for the intervention of the police and an apology from Granger. The Chartered Accountant noted that the forced admission by the government is a shocking revelation of a conspiracy to deceive the people of Guyana about billions of dollars, involving a galaxy of ministers.
    He said that there are immediate and longer term implications for Guyana, including a violation of Article 216 of the Constitution of Guyana.
    Veda Nath Mohabir

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 12/18/2017 at 11:24 pm

    I will deal with just two issues. This would be enough to show how irrational Freddie Kissoon is but gets away with it in Guyana because most of those who know the past (except the PNC/APNU apologists) have run away abroad during the PNC rule.

    Son Chapman explosion.

    Kissoon: “My research informed me that the ‘Son Chapman’ was a manifestation of tit-for-tat between the Indian PPP and the African PNC. Prior to the destruction of the ‘Son Chapman’, Indians were badly beaten in the riots at Mackenzie. Indian women were raped, men killed and homes destroyed. It seems the bombing of the ‘Son Chapman’ was a revenge act.”
    “It seems…” proves nothing. Kissoon, as usual, is just guessing; and his guess is wrong. Typical Kissoon irrational conclusions.
    Here is proof that the Son Chapman was continually shipping dynamite from Mackenzie (used in mining) to the PNC HQ in GT to do more damage to Indians and the PPP. Dr. Jagan sent a memo to his Home Affairs Minister informing the latter of ‘intelligence’ report he received.
    “I have received information that dynamite is being stolen from Mackenzie and is being sent to the PNC in Georgetown by a launch owned by someone called Chapman or by a private truck. I understand, also, that certain police constables or officers help in transporting it to Georgetown.
    I understand that a set of four boxes came down on Monday, 1st July 1963 by Chapman’s launch. Please take necessary action.”
    -Cheddi Jagan, see Cheddi Jagan: Selected Correspondences 1953-1965, edited by Professor David Dabydeen.
    Also, have a look at a letter to Stabroek News written by a Donald Gentle, who lost his mother in the Son Chapman explosion. (excerpt): “She was the woman whose father pleaded with her not to travel with the Son Chapman on that particular day because he had heard rumours of a bomb being placed on the launch.” Rumors were circulating in Mackenzie of the shipment of dynamite. No wonder Dr. Jagan got ‘intelligence’ report on this.
    Notice also how the PNC/APNU mouthpiece, at that time General Secretary of the PNC, Hamilton Green, gave a false rationale for the ethnic cleansing/pogrom of Indians which occurred on May 24-26, 1964, less than two months BEFORE the Son Chapman’s explosion, July 6, 1964.
    This twisting of facts would of course please Freddie Kissoon so he can continue to berate Indians and the PPP using “alternate facts”.

    Abraham Family Incineration

    Arthur Abraham was Permanent Secretary (PS) to Dr. Jagan’s Premier’s Office. This alone is what caused his, his wife and seven of his 9 children’s death – just for being PS to Dr. Jagan. It has nothing to do with “for alleged secrets he passed on to The United Force”. The strategy was to blame Jagan and the PPP for everthing wrong in Guyana: for alleged secrets Abraham passed on to the UF and for so-called communist links he found out about Dr. Jagan.

    It is well known to ALL around the world, except the ‘little boy’s’ intellect of Kissoon, that the CIA and Britian wanted Jagan out and Burnham in, with the help of the UF. So, to show how heartless and cold, the ‘communist’ Jagans and their PPP were, a fire was set to incinerate the Abraham’s family within minutes. Some sort of accelerant was used so that no intervention to save the family was possible. Abraham lived just about 100 metres/yards behind the Brickdam police station which housed a fire truck; and the main fire station was less than mile away, but the family couldn’t be saved.
    To also blame Dr. Jagan/PPP, propaganda was spread that two ‘red shirt’ culprits were seen running from the scene. “Red” was associated with communism and the PPP’s youth arm, PYO. Think of it: If the PPP/PYO would want Mr. Abraham eliminated, would the perpetrators go about advertising their PPP/PYO link and place the blame on Dr, Jagan?

    Well, if you are Freddie Kissoon and any of his mindless groupies that most obvious association is normal.

    Veda Nath Mohabir

  • Ron Saywack  On 12/20/2017 at 3:40 pm

    A Shopper’s Lamentation.

    Kissoon: “Ask me what I specialize in and I will immediately tell you I am a specialist in supermarket shopping.”

    “Last Saturday evening, my friend David Hinds and I met at Kamboat Restaurant on Sheriff Street, to have dinner, but I suggested Royal Castle food one block north of Kamboat ( I am not fond of Chinese food; too oily). I was first to order. My preference was a fish dinner. I requested plantain chips with the fish instead of potato chips.

    The attendant said, “Sorry Mr. Kissoon, we do not sell plantain fries; you can get potato fries or vegetable salad or pasta salad.

    Now, I don’t know if that is the requirement of the franchise since Royal Castle will have to adhere to what the overseas contract stipulated. But it has to be unacceptable that pasta and potato are the side orders and not plantains.

    Recently there has been a “deluge” of North American fast food outlets and all are required to sell their chicken with potato fries. I may be wrong but I doubt any of the local franchise holders ever initiated discussion with their foreign counterparts to include the customer’s choice of local vegetables like plantains.

    Grapes and apples but no toys:

    It is a very sad country where the pathetic failure of leaders to inspire their citizens has been an evil sore on the pre-colonial and post-colonial landscape of this land. I went shopping downtown last week for toys and there are literally mountains of stalls selling grapes and apples.

    There is a family business that specializes in foreign fruits and vegetable that has expanded enormously the past twenty years. This business has four humongous refrigerated containers outside the premises and all contain foreign vegetables and fruits.

    Do you know foreign lemons are cheaper by a hundred dollars? In a country where Cayenne bananas should be going at least at sixty dollars a pound, they start at three hundred dollars. Plantains are $160 per pound and quite often, the price climbs to $200.

    In a super-rich agricultural country like Guyana, bananas and plantains should be things that are given away. Ask me what I specialize in and I will immediately tell you I am a specialist in supermarket shopping.

    Fred asks the cashier to cancel his melon:

    I know the price differences of all, not most, but all the supermarkets. Last week, I asked the cashier to cancel the watermelon at Foodmax at Giftland Mall because I was surprised at the price. I deceived myself and this was because at Foodmax, unlike all the other supermarkets, their melons do not have a price tag but the price per kilogram. So I confused myself thinking it was $5.40 when in fact it was 5.4 kilograms.

    When I went up to the counter, it came up to just over $2000 because it was $400 per kilogram ($200 per pound). Life must have dealt me a bad hand but I cannot afford to buy a melon for $2100. But even if I can, I will not.

    I am also a specialist in the quality of local stuff. Two companies – Sterling Products and Banks DIH sell fruit-based ice cream. Sterling has four – soursop, mango, pineapple, and guava. From Banks, I know about sorrel and grape.

    Fred lmows a lot about jumbies:

    When you taste these ice cream types, the shock jumps out of your imagination like a jumbie that runs out of the coffin late at night in the cemetery – Where is the fruit flavor in the product?

    Now I know that all six flavours listed here are made not from actual fruits but fruit essence imported from Stuart Brothers of Trinidad. But I mean, make the thing tasty, please! My favorite juice is sorrel. The fridge is never without sorrel juice. Sorrel flavoured ice cream sold in this country is not sorrel-flavored. Mango is more abundant than the Atlantic sea breeze yet we cannot make delectable mango-based ice cream.

    I don’t have the answer why this country is like this but I have the answer as to where it is going – nowhere fast. The Finance Minister told the nation that only Jamaican bottled water is obtainable at the Timehri airport. He went on to say that when he is invited to speak at business luncheons in Berbice, they serve bottled water from Suriname. The Finance Minister stopped there.

    He did not mention that cost per kilowatt is the highest in the Caribbean and South America and that may be the explanation (certainly you cannot blame the new government for that, blame Jagdeo/Ramotar).

    And the electricity cost doesn’t look like it is going to go down in the foreseeable future.

    After typing this article I may go to the beach with my dog and I may feed her apple and grapes. Funny country!”

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