Guyana Politics: President Ali swears in 19 other Cabinet members

Parliament Building – Georgetown Guyana

Demerara Waves  – August 5, 2020

President Dr Irfaan Ali swore in 19 more members of his Cabinet today. The ceremony took place at 3 pm at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.

Dr Ali was sworn in as Guyana’s ninth Executive President on Sunday last. Immediately after, he appointed Brigadier retired Mark Phillips as the Prime Minister, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo as Vice President, Anil Nandlall as Attorney General and Gail Teixeira as Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance.

President Ali’s cabinet has some new faces. Here are the appointments:             

President Irfaan Ali on Wednesday August 5, 2020, swore in 19 more ministers to address a range of priorities including constitutional, electoral and security sector reforms.

President Ali said: “These ministers will be held accountable not only by the executive,  by the parliament but by the people of Guyana,”  and that he expects them to be – Efficient, transparent and accountable.

1. Zulfikar Mustapha, Minister of Agriculture

2. Pauline Sukhai, Minister of Amerindian Affairs

3. Charles Ramson, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport

4. Priya Manickchamd, Minister of Education

5. Hugh Todd, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

6. Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Health

7. Robeson Benn, Minister of Home Affairs

8. Colin Croal, Minister of Housing and Water

9. Susan Rodrigues, Junior Minister of Housing and Water

10. Dr. Vindhya Persaud, Minister of Human Services and Social Security

11.  Joseph Hamilton, Minister of Labour

12. Mr. Nigel Dharamlall, Minister of Local Government and Regional Development

13. Anand Persaud, Junior Minister of Local Government and Regional Development

14. Vickram Bharrat, Minister of Natural Resources

15.  Kwame Mc Coy, Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister

16. Sonya Parag, Minister of Public Service

17. Juan Edghill, Minister of Public Works

18.  Deodat Indar, Junior Minister of Public Works

19. Oneidge Waldron, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce

As noted above, others already sworn in are Prime Minister Mark Phillips, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo, Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Governance.

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  • ndtewarie  On 08/05/2020 at 6:36 pm

    I have to quote this gentleman who asked, “How do we mould a country?” Imagination, intelligence and integrity, sometimes simple decency, it works as well. Talking about gossip he remarked, “We can’t afford it; we’re a little nation. We need to think and act outside of our skins. Every day must be about excellence without let-up, until we drop; where every person feels like a leader because every person is a leader.” He said that even a man who has a family is a leader, but stops being a leader when he beats his wife. “Then he becomes a word; coward, a coward. You can’t build a nation from cowardice, you can’t do it; you destroy it like that. Our country can be a very, very special place, but we need to take practical steps to make it real.”

    HAVE A


    Lets get to the very real story
    And review our sorry history
    Firstly our leaders vied for Independence
    Its our right its to get rid of our hindrance
    Promising progress with very lofty idealism
    Then the Big Two accused us of Communism
    Got instead a lukewarm brand of Socialism
    Those were the hot days of Cold Wars’ ism
    We ended up with a big dose of corruption
    Racialism, bloodshed and sheer destruction
    The people run away from their beloved Guyana
    To England and to the cold harsh North America
    Causing a huge brain drain leaving Guyana rudderless
    Various parties struggling they too come up clueless
    The good ol’ days when rigged ballots rained
    And at the same time coffers were drained
    As the other parties jump and take over
    So did the people as some run for cover
    But a simple Guyanese people we are
    Don’t want to relive another Wismar
    After 53 years we still have a chance
    We’ve to stop this bias racial dance
    Sadly politicians would never change
    Its like telling a dog it has bad mange
    The two races have to come together
    Live again like sister and like brother
    We have to be Guyanese again not a black man
    Think like a Guyanese and not like a coolie man
    Be accepted as real down earth Guyanese
    You be Chinese, Amer-Indian or Portuguese
    Maybe our last chance to make it
    Or hate will drive us out of our wit
    And politicians on both sides please pard!
    Stop hiding behind the stupid race card
    There are some things we have to eradicate
    Stop fighting one another and stop the hate
    Talk to one another stop deny we’re steeped in racialism
    Stop lying, face the fact, we have far too much nepotism
    Govern for everyone bring back equality
    Or drop the darn “e” and focus on quality
    Pray to the one Above
    For all we need is Love
    Listen people take heed
    For Love is all you need.

    • Georgy Porgy  On 08/06/2020 at 11:17 pm

      Hey banner… should try and put that rap to music but you probably wouldn’t get any air play because all dem radio stations play whole day is Chutney music.

      • ndtewarie  On 10/03/2020 at 11:22 am

        Hey Georgy,
        Know anyone in Canada who can do it?

  • karim  On 08/06/2020 at 12:03 am

    Guyana new leaders need to do two things to make Guyana a world-class destination .. 1 – treat every race as an equal (very difficult as we all have our prejudices from an early age.. 2- Exec in service, every public employee must be accountable and professional…a passport application process of acceptance should be 10 minutes without a bribe….I am writing from afar and know these are difficult,….bur I am Guyanese and I have to be held accountable and expect everyone in a service to be held the same..these two items will set the stage for much greater accomplishments for Mr. ALi…if he goes down the same path as past leadership, then it will be same old same old in 5 years…

  • Winston Yaw  On 08/06/2020 at 4:04 pm

    Mr Ali is a barefaced liar, will not and cannot change. His first lie to the nation is that there will be no witch hunting. (note I said to the nation. He has charges of dishonesty against him and his crooked cohorts, and you make all these stupid distinctions why we must forget and forgive this dangerous dishonesty in a socalled President of Guyana who only thinks with the brain of his alleged V(PUSSY}. I wonder how much you will be paid for this idiotic article on the size of Guyana and the chaos that will be wrought on our economy, and our lack of respect in the West Indies. We will be the subject of many a calypso. Alli and his crooked cabinet should have thought of all of these distinctions and concern for the country before they set out make it by ungovernable by treasonously involving foreign powers ( all of CARICOM, Venezuela and the USA) in our domestic affairs. They must realize that thier plan could be turned against them, and should be turned against them. This Mafiosi should not be allowed to profit from their criminality. TREASON is TREASON, should be viewed as treaso, and be prosecuted as TREASON. Fear of big regional/International bullies should not be a factor. Those youths who take advantage of Law abiding citizens, you all now have a reason to fight for respectability and redemption, pride and Guyana. Follow our true President Granger, do not allow these CRIMINALS to take your birthright without a fight. VIVE GUYANA

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