Guyana Politics: Former Minister of State Joseph Harmon applies to give up USA citizenship:

“I believe there is a certain quality which I have that can help the President in running this country in a proper way” – Harmon

Joseph Harmon

Joseph Harmon, who resigned earlier this year from his position as Minister of State because he is the holder of dual nationalities, says he has already applied to give up his United States (US) citizenship.

He told reporters on the sidelines of a People’s National Congress Reform 62nd anniversary rally in Linden that he more than one month ago finished all the paperwork and paid a hefty sum of cash to relinquish his American citizenship.   

President David Granger and Joseph Harmon

Harmon, who was appointed Director-General of the Ministry of the Presidency soon after he had resigned as Minister of State and as a lawmaker, said he was awaiting word from the US State Department to inform him that they have received his affidavits and other documents. “All that has been done and I expect anytime now that I’ll get a feedback from them because the fact that I haven’t heard anything as yet seems to me to say that the procedures and all the paperwork are in order so by the time, we are getting ready to go on the list, I’ll be ready to go on the list,” he said.

The former State Minister said the US Consular Officer informed him that the renunciation process could take about two months “so it’s about time I’ll hear from them soon” and “long before March” 2, 2020 when Guyanese are slated to go to the polls to elect a government of their choice.

Harmon, Rupert Roopnaraine, Dominic Gaskin and Carl Greenidge resigned on April 2, 2019 after Guyana’s High Court and Court of Appeal ruled that it was unconstitutional for holders of dual citizenship to be candidates more so parliamentarians. They were all rehired to serve the government in the same ministries that they had once headed politically.

For his part, Harmon says he is looking forward to be back in Parliament so that he can serve Guyana through the David Granger-led administration. “I’m excited because I want to continue to serve the people of this country; that I believe there is a certain quality which I have that can help the President in running this country in a proper way and that I believe that I have something to offer the people of Guyana,” he said.

  • Carl Greenidge renounces UK Citizenship

Harmon’s move to give up his American citizenship came the same day – Saturday – that Greenidge issued a statement announcing that he had been no longer a British citizen.

Greenidge signaled that he was ready to once again be a candidate for the governing coalition of a A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC).

“I have informed President Granger accordingly and therefore look forward to being included on the list of candidates from which the Party will make its selection of MPs following the holding of the Regional and General Elections in 2020,” said Greenidge.

President Granger and Carl Greenidge

Even as he parted ways with his decades-long British citizenship, he said that status assisted him in his educational and professional pursuits. “UK citizenship and residence enabled me to take advantage, largely free of cost to my parents, of wide-ranging educational opportunities which I would not have been in a position to access or finance had I remained in Guyana. I was subsequently able to gain invaluable employment and vocational experience in the employ of UK Government agencies before returning to Guyana to serve. I am grateful to have had that privilege and through it to have attained the goals to which my relatives and many Guyanese aspire,” said Greenidge, a former Finance Minister, Caribbean trade negotiator and former Deputy Secretary-General of the 77-nation African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of former European colonies.

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  • kamtanblog  On October 9, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Nice one..
    Chickens are coming home !
    Or is it the “black gold” oil rush ?
    At my cynical best !

    One does not have to give up other
    citizenships to enter USA/EU/UK
    politricks…google Shengen FMI
    (For more info)
    USA/UK/EU recognises dual/multiple

    Go figure


  • Yvonne  On October 9, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    Kamtan Mr. Harmon lives in Guyana and was part of the government before the issue of dual citizenship came up and it was determined that a Minister in the government cannot have dual citizenship. Mr. Harmon resigned as a Minister but still works in the Office of the President. Now he’s decided to terminate his U.S. citizenship so he can return to the party, and if this present govt. is successful in winning the next election, he can be made a Minister once again and sit in Parliament. He’s not returning home nor is he entering the U.S.

    • kamtanblog  On October 10, 2019 at 3:58 am

      Thanks for that update.
      Hope the gentleman succeeds in his political ambitions.
      In principle it seems right decision.
      In practice “eggs in one basket”
      Am a resident of 5 countries but a citizen
      if planet earth.

      Will apply for “residency” of moon
      and stars …

      Kamtan aka 👽”alien”
      Ps do not wish for USA residency anyway.

  • Kman  On October 12, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    I thought that when you wanted a green card and American citizenship, it cost you a ton of money. This is a new twist that Harmon is saying it is costing him a ton of money to renounce his American citizenship. Bullcrap!

    But don’t worry Harmy boy, oil money ghun pay fuh dis.

    • kamtanblog  On October 12, 2019 at 9:32 pm

      Pop goes the weasel…opportunity knocks.

      This “gentleman” is an opportunist
      politician … am a resident of UK/EU/Canada
      and Timbuktu ! One can be a resident
      of most of planet and also citizen of
      many….most countries recognise
      dual/multiple citizenship.
      With my UK/EU passport can visit
      all 27 EU countries no visa neccessary.


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