PPP Government: Political appointments: “Resign or be fired” – Gail Teixeira

– -says Granger’s political appointees had five months hiatus

Minister Gail Teixeira

Parliamentary Affairs and Governance Minister, Gail Teixeira yesterday presented those who were politically appointed by the former coalition President David Granger with an ultimatum – to resign by Monday or be fired from their post.

“We are asking them to resign and if they do not, they will be getting letters of termination. We are not going to be bullied. At the same time, we have given them a week to do what is right and from Monday, they will receive letters,” Teixeira said during an online press briefing.    Minister, Gail Teixeira

Teixeira explained that as is customary when a new government takes up office, ministers are automatically no longer ministers and they are required to vacate their offices and expected to hand over State property and assets. Further, while ministers automatically lose their jobs, politicalppointees, she added, are also expected to do the honourable and dignified thing – hand over State assets and resign.

Teixeira also added that the Irfaan Ali-led People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-administration was not about to proverbially “take bread out of people mouth.”

“We want to assure all our people,” Teixeira said, “that we are not here to take away food from people’s mouth, we are not here to take away public servants jobs who have been working hard – we are not dealing with public servants.”

The minister stated that Dr. Mark Kirton and Frederick McWilfred who were both politically appointed by Granger have tendered their resignation and handed over State property; however, she noted, there is still some form of reluctance emerging from others who she said are bent on making the transition process difficult.

Teixeira pointed to Carol Smith-Joseph, a staunch coalition member who participated in the National Recount, along with Attorney-at-Law Geeta Chandan – Edmon, a candidate on the party’s election list and Ronald Backer who were all appointed as former Minister of State Joseph Harmon’s advisors. She said that, shockingly, both Harmon, who now functions Chief Executive Officer of the National COVID-19 Task Force, and Chandan-Edmond made a request for 42 days leave, instead of tending their resignations.

Teixeira added that Granger should encourage his political appointees to give up State assets willingly and walk, just as he did. She also said that the three former ministers who reside in the interior regions have been given one month to vacate the houses that government had been renting for them in Georgetown.

“We are not the ones looking for a fight, tell your appointees under your government to do the honourable thing and hand over, but it is looking like its bully season,” she said.

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  • kamtanblog  On 08/09/2020 at 2:01 am

    Brave words !
    Falling on deaf ears !
    None or few will do the right thing and resign
    but most will have to be “sacked” !
    Fact of life.
    Power corrupts
    Ultimate power corrupts ultimately.
    Not long to wait !
    Not holding my breadth.
    Good luck to this brave politician.

  • Yvonne-K  On 08/09/2020 at 9:59 am

    Gail Teixeria is a wanna be Janet Jagan. When Janet was around this woman had her head so far up Janet’s who ha that the poor woman had to take laxatives to relieve herself. Obviously she has not paid attention to what the Jaguar did to Janet. Perhaps she was hoping for the Vice President position in the PPP new administration but then again I don’t think she’s suffering from dementia yet. The VP position had to go to the Jaguar so he can manipulate the puppet strings of Ali. It will come as no surprise to Guyanese if the Minister of Finance portfolio remains in the hands of the Jaguar because he who controls the money controls the country. So in essence the Jaguar is the President, Vice President, and Minister of Finance in the PPP administration. I’m surprised that Gail is still around given the speech that Ali made about building the cabinet around young, vibrant, intelligent (and the last word I use very lightly) persons. Her shelf life should have expired a long time ago given the Jaguar’s modus operandi but a stooge always comes in handy and I’m sure she got a few juicy tidbits of her own that she would gladly share with the world if he tried to oust her unceremoniously.

    I agree that ministers appointed from the previous administration must leave their offices as is the norm for any country in the world. However, I truly hope she keeps her word about not going after public servants. I think to do that, in light of all the glowing promises made by Ali, will be detrimental to the PPP governing Guyana.

  • kamtanblog  On 08/09/2020 at 10:10 am

    Agree but without the “slander”…
    All politicians must tow partly lines..
    As long as she puts the voters before
    the party should be fine.


    • Curtis  On 08/09/2020 at 12:01 pm

      The truth shall set you free!!!

    • Georgy Porgy  On 08/09/2020 at 1:50 pm

      Kamtan how come all of a sudden you calling “slander”. Where were you when President Granger was being labeled a SANCTIMONIOUS GANGSTER over and over again? The lady talking the truth.

      • kamtanblog  On 08/09/2020 at 3:25 pm

        Politricks my friend politricks !

        Agree to disagree !

        We learn more from disagreements less we become sheep for the slaughter/sacrifice houses.


  • C.S.D. Maraj  On 08/09/2020 at 2:10 pm

    To All my Guyanese Brothers and Sisters I want you to understand it cannot get any worse than it is for we must be grateful that we are still living in a Democracy and not a Dictatorship. Just look at next door Venezuela is a good example. Those who travelled the world and experience a taste of Dictatorship will understand.We as Guyanese are very fortunate to get this opportunity to express our view point to the world and we take it for granted.Let’s use this platform of democracy to help and educate each other with facts and encouragement.Let’s not ridicule or insult our fellow Guyanese that will only cause division and hatred for each other. We are and will be in this together.
    Please be patient be vigilant, be cognizant of the law of the land and let the democratic process play out. Let Accountability and Transparency be the cornerstone of our democracy.
    Now that we have a new government let all Guyanese support and give good constructive ideas that will enhance our country.We must learn from other countries’ mistakes and don’t make the same mistakes.It is easy to complain and attack each other with insults,hearsay and no concrete evidence.We must learn to use the same energy to be constructive in our criticism.From now on everytime we criticize some one we must come up with a better solution or do not say anything at all.Silence is golden.Our beautiful country has so much potential much more than any other West Indian Island. We are the envy of the Caribbean yet we bitch and complain with each other creating hatred.Don’t be an enemy of your country be a friend and a good citizen.
    OK we Guyanese in all political stripes made mistakes lets learn from those mistakes and grow up as mature people let our differences be our strength.
    We all have the potential to help Guyana become a beacon of the Caribbean and an example for the Democratic world to follow.
    Remember the possibilities are endless with Unity in One Nation,One People And One Destiny. Our Guyana will be the envy of the world as long as we have Unity in our people.Thank You my fellow Guyanese I still have Faith in You all

    • Winston  On 08/09/2020 at 7:53 pm

      Get off your soap box Maraj. We tired of hearing the same litany.

  • guyaneseonline  On 08/09/2020 at 3:55 pm

    Warns PPP of Consequences

    • kamtanblog  On 08/09/2020 at 4:13 pm

      Post mortem !
      It’s is better to be a good looser than a bad winner…gloating !
      Granger is an honourable man
      So were they all honourable men

      Battle is over …now let’s get on with the business of governing.
      Changing/making anti corruption laws.


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