Guyana Politics: Lenox Shuman says new party ready for February launch

Shuman says new party ready for February launch

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Stabroek News – December 3. 2018

Lenox Shuman

After putting off its launch in September, a new party targeting mainly Indigenous Peoples’ votes, led by former toshao of St Cuthbert’s Mission (Renamed Pakuri Village) and former vice chairman of the National Toshaos Council, Lenox Shuman, is now ready for a February launch.

Shuman told Stabroek News that the poor turnout at the November 12 Local Government Elections shows that citizens are disenchanted with the two main political parties, the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic  (PPP/C) and the People’s National Congress Reform, and that the future presented by these two parties is not one they will identify with.

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  • guyaneseonline  On January 2, 2019 at 12:16 am

    Audit reports verified my ethical and professional conduct at St Cuthbert’s Mission (Pakuri)

    Letter to Editor Stabroek News – 01 Jan 2019
    Dear Editor,
    I am shocked, saddened, stunned that persons would use our national State newspaper, the Guyana Chronicle, to publish a report in its December 30th edition `Shuman shunned …leaves trail of division, controversy in St Cuthbert’s Mission’ on myself that is false, malicious, slanderous, libelous, scandalous and mischievous.
    In the interest of setting the record straight, and to ensure that the Guyanese nation stand up for justice against those nefarious, uncouth, unethical and unprofessional persons at the Guyana Chronicle who published the false report, I am forced to initiate legal proceedings against the Guyana Chronicle and its operators.
    In terms of addressing the many false accusations the report made against me, in what is clearly political propaganda to malign my good name, I point the media to available audit reports in the keep of the Auditor General’s office, the Village’s Minutes book as records of our community’s business, and the investigation report from the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs conducted in 2017 that all verify the ethical and professional conduct of myself during my leadership of St Cuthbert’s Mission.
    My role as the Leader of a Political Party is not to stoop in to the gutter to answer every malicious report against me, made by petty people who oppose the good that I set out to do for our people. But I cannot stand by and see the national State newspaper used to harass, intimidate, malign and damage the good character of any Guyanese citizen.
    I call on the Government of Guyana, the Board of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), the Editor-in-Chief of the Guyana Chronicle, and all those concerned to immediately cease and desist from using the State newspaper for such nefarious political propaganda and malicious slander against Guyanese who serve this nation.
    My foreparents are the founders of the community and I come from a long line of Chiefs all the way up to my Father, Clifford Shuman. I was bred, born, and grew up in Pakuri. My father and I built a more permanent home in Pakuri in 2009, and my sisters, with the tremendous help and support of Ms Elizabeth Andrews established the first and only library in our Community. I am a commercial pilot, so my job takes me flying all over the world. However, my primary residence is in Pakuri.
    As a Guyanese, I am appalled at this brutal lack of decency exercised by the State newspaper under the control of the Government of Guyana.
    Yours faithfully,
    Lenox Shuman

    Earlier News Item clearing Lenox Shuman of charges:-

    Toshao Shuman cleared of charges, reinstated
    By Stabroek News – March 21, 2017

    Investigations into allegations of misconduct by Toshao Lenox Shuman, the elected village leader of St Cuthbert’s Mission, have cleared him of any wrongdoing.
    This comes almost two months after Shuman, a re-migrant from Canada and Vice-Chairman of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) had stepped aside to enable an investigation into allegations against him by residents in St Cuthbert’s Mission.
    Stabroek News has been reliably informed that the findings of the investigation yielded no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Toshao, and that he has since been reinstated as Toshao effective March 18.
    Shuman, in an invited comment, told this publication that though he was not in possession of an official document, he was informed of the findings last Saturday by Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Sydney Allicock during a village celebration.
    Lenox Shuman
    “Everything has been cleared as it relates to the allegations; all the records in the community are in order and all finances have been accounted for,” the Toshao said.
    But while Shuman was confident that he would be cleared of the allegations, he is disappointed that his conduct as Toshao and that of the village council was called into question.
    “I am both happy and sad regarding the investigation and the findings; while I am happy that I was cleared, I’m disappointed with the fact that it all came to this,” he noted.
    Shuman said while he must commend the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs for what he said was an objective investigation, he believes that there are questionable political forces lingering on the sidelines.
    “I have profound respect for Minister Allicock both as a person and the position he holds, however the external political forces that surround him are very questionable,” the Toshao said.
    On a different note however, Shuman believes that the report failed to capture the true state of the village economy as no mention was made of the personal funds he would have expended to keep the village afloat.
    “For almost two years I would have gone into my own personal funds to keep the community afloat… Those monies would have gone to getting the village vehicle up and running and also ensuring the village generator was in operation, but none of the was reflected in the report,” Shuman said.
    Nonetheless, the Toshao believes that being vindicated offers not only him but the village council an opportunity to focus on meaningful reform in the community.
    The investigation followed a petition signed by at least 125 residents of St Cuthbert’s Mission, which was received by the minister on January 12, 2017.
    Shuman, in a previous interview with Stabroek News, said he believed the attempts to impeach him were tactics meant to undermine his work and that of the village council, which took office in July 2015.
    Based on documents seen by this newspaper, it would seem that the first petition was drafted following an interaction between the village council and several members of a religious group in the community. A second came on the heels of the village council’s efforts to address the issue of $2.6 million that were not accounted for under the last council.

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