Guyana Politics: Terrence Campbell withdraws from new ANUG party

Terrence Campbell withdraws from ANUG, cites polarization over confidence vote

Terrence Campbell

Stabroek News – 07 January 2019 – This story is developing and will be updated.

Businessman Terrence Campbell has withdrawn from the new political party, ANAUG and civic group RISE, citing polarization over the December 21 No-Confidence Vote and attacks by “by my own people”.

A post from his Facebook page follows:

Today a knife was stuck into my back by my own people. I have supported the PNC/APNU/APNU-AFC in every general election since I started voting. Carl Greenidge, Raphael Trotman, Cathy Hughes, Rupert Roopnarine and Lance Carberry can attest to this. This support ran into millions of dollars. I served this Coalition as Chairman at GNPL and turned that organization from losses to profit.       

As a businessman I donate over G$1M per month to charitable causes. After a sordid incident between an Afro-Guyanese businessman and boys at a Georgetown school I took over a feeding program there almost a decade ago. I have also supported the Step By Step School for autistic children with monthly contributions for years. I have never publicized this as the God, the powerful God that I serve knows this.

To my mind the Coalition doesn’t stand a chance in a head to head with the PPP at this time. My entry into politics was purely to deny the PPP a majority and to push for constitutional reform. However, over the last week the polarization in Guyana made me realize that now isn’t the time for the kind of healing, centrist politics I envisaged. This was a point I shared with a few friends. Consequently, I resigned from RISE Guyana last Thursday and early this am I sent the following edited message to my friends at ANAUG

Gentlemen,

Forgive my insensitivity of opening this email on a secular matter with two Christian references. Ecclesiastes 3 teaches us that:

“For everything there is a season,

a time for every activity under heaven.

2 A time to be born and a time to die.

A time to plant and a time to harvest.

In the Parable of the Sower found in Matthew 13, Jesus recommends that we sow on good soil and not on rock or amongst thorns.

The vote Charrandas Persaud in the NCV has polarized Guyana. On the one hand, supporters of the Coalition believe the government has been felled by a corrupt bloodless coup totally in sync with their view of the PPP under its current leadership. On the other hand, PPP supporters see the Coalition’s refusal to resign as a reminder of the vote-rigging unlawful nature of the PNC. Then there are independent observers who believe the Coalition should resign based on convention but fail to recognize that there is no precedent for a similar vote by an Assembly made up of 40% disqualified members. The NCV has poisoned our soil.

The polarization is enough of a deterrent for any aspiring politician but there is more. For a new ‘independent’ party to be successful in this scenario, I believe it would need to compete under an umbrella with groups that broadly share its philosophical approach since time is short and resources are limited. It has also been suggested by one observer that ANAUG steering committee probably has three dual citizens. In fact this issue was raised with an ANAUG sympathizer yesterday. It is no secret that this is a matter of significant importance to me. I view the dual citizens in the Assembly as a flagrant violation of our Constitution.

All of the above has caused me considerable angst and I fail to see how I would be able to add value to the efforts of ANAUG in the days ahead. A good reading of the climate suggests that this is neither the time nor the place for me to sow my seeds.

Regards

Terrence

It is interesting that Rickford Burke asked where I was during the PPP years and about my party. I said to him “stay tuned” since I would have been taking a pass on this period of dirty politics in Guyana and would have been making the announcement in a matter of hours. To my surprise I received several messages with the pic below. I would like OneVoice Canwin to know that I serve a mighty God, a God that is able! That HE owns my business and only HE can topple it!

The campaign strategy of the Coalition is seriously misguided. It has been hijacked by dual citizens. Some of whom I helped in the past.

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  • guyaneseonline  On January 8, 2019 at 10:04 am

    STATEMENT …. By Ralph Ramkarran in Conversation Tree Blog

    Posted on January 8, 2019 by Ralph Ramkarran

    A New and United Guyana (ANUG) has noted a statement publicized by the media indicating that Mr. Terrence Campbell has withdrawn from ANUG. An email on the morning of January 7 by Terrence indicated that he did not feel that he could add value to our efforts in the days ahead. His reason appeared to be the charged political situation arising from the no confidence motion passed by the National Assembly against the Government on December 21. As an aside he alleged that three members of the Steering Committee had dual citizenship.

    The email to us was published in the Stabroek News online edition yesterday and the report appeared on other news outlets. It made no reference to “a knife” being stuck in his back by his “own people.” It is clear that Terrence has come under severe pressure because of his leading role in establishing ANUG. Some of us have also come under pressure from official sources very recently, as a consequence of association with ANUG, and in the past. We have endured and survived and expect to continue to do so in the future. We intend to build our movement to offer the Guyanese people an entirely different and creative political choice that will lead to a new and united Guyana.

    There are only three others of us on the Steering Committee, namely, Henry Jeffrey, Timothy Jonas and Ralph Ramkarran. Terrence is therefore accusing all of us of being dual citizens. We will not dignify this worthless accusation, based on hearsay evidence, with a response. But we want to emphasize that being a dual citizen is not a crime. There are thousands of dual citizens living and working in Guyana and some of them are our supporters. We welcome them.

    This issue of dual citizens as Members of the National Assembly came up for discussion at our meeting on Friday last, which was not attended by Terrence. We confirmed that the rule prohibiting dual citizens from membership of the National Assembly is an anachronism, is not enforced by our political parties and we would advocate its abolition. But we also acknowledged that in the meantime we will observe the law and will not include any dual citizens on our list of candidates, as the three political parties represented in the National Assembly have always done.

    We wish Terrence well.

    Dated January 8, 2019
    A New and United Guyana

  • Trevor  On January 8, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    The white man from America working in the CIA, and the British man from the MI5 are rubbing their palms in anticipation that we will fight like dog and cat while they rob us of our oil reserves.

    • Emanuel  On January 8, 2019 at 11:49 pm

      As soon as possible the government of Guyana 🇬🇾 should get the Brits and Yanks out of Guyana’s affairs. A thief is always a thief. A tiger never loses its stripes.

      • Trevor  On January 9, 2019 at 9:59 am

        President Granger got cancer out of nowhere, just like Chavez, Castro and others who mysteriously succumbed to this strange health issue.

        There are billionaires living in the USA, Canada, UK and Europe who have net worth more than the measly $3 Billion US GDP we have. They can buy off the entire Guyana, even the entire continent while we fight each other to the death.

        We have a law in Guyana saying that preaching hate against ethnic groups is a crime; but wait and see…Criticizing whites and the corporate elite will be considered hate speech.

        The American Embassy has listed requirements in the Cyber bill law that ordinary Guyanese have no experience with, such as computer hacking, online harassment and ransomware. We don’t have the technology to do such acts. We don’t have lawless school children who bully others or do stuff that industrialised countries do, such as school shootings.

        We’re not that computer-literate, and the American embassy only requires these laws enforced for their interests. America allows hate speech.

        Why isn’t America stopping white supremacists from posting calls of action to target immigrants?

        But they require us to enforce laws that will be used arbitrarily against activists.

  • guyaneseonline  On January 8, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    City businessman -Terrence Campbell- denies accusing ANUG steering committee members of being dual citizens

    http://demerarawaves.com/2019/01/08/city-businessman-denies-accusing-anug-steering-committee-members-of-being-dual-citizens/

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