Guyana Politics: PNCR confirms Granger, Lawrence, Williams not on Parliament list

David Granger
David Granger

Saying that it was taking a bold step, the PNCR today announced a list of 22 MPs for Parliament without former President David Granger, PNC Chair Volda Lawrence, former Attorney General Basil Williams and PNCR General Secretary, Amna Ally.

News of these moves roiled the ranks of the PNCR yesterday – already battered by charges that it had been trying to benefit from rigging of the March 2nd general elections.

With no Granger, Lawrence, Ally or Williams in Parliament it appears that the intention is for Joseph Harmon- recently inducted into the PNCR Central Executive Committee – to lead the former governing coalition in parliament and possibly become Opposition Leader.   

The announcement of the parliamentary line-up will immediately raise questions about Granger’s future in public life and whether he will remain leader of the PNCR.

Of significant note in today’s PNCR press release was the complete absence of any mention of A Partnership for National Unity – the vehicle which the PNCR had led in alliance with a group of small parties, including the WPA, before joining up with the Alliance For Change on March 14, 2015 and winning the general elections in May of that year. The 31 opposition parliamentarians will however be described as APNU+AFC MPs.

The exclusion of Lawrence, in particular, from the parliamentary list is unlikely to be received well by the party faithful in Georgetown and Region Four.

The PNCR press release follows:

PRESS RELEASE BY PEOPLE’S NATIONAL CONGRESS REFORM

PNCR takes a bold step forward

The PNCR has taken a bold step forward. The composition of the list of candidates extracted to be representatives in the next Parliament is the face of the future and will empower a new generation of leaders.

The PNCR has always advocated that young people are essential to Guyana’s development.

An integral task of leadership is to groom and mould the leaders of the future. In this regard, the PNCR has demonstrated, more than any other political entity in Guyana, that it is prepared to take the bold and decisive initiative to prepare for the future.

Leader of the PNCR, Brigadier David Granger has iterated, on numerous occasions, that young people must be prepared to take up the mantle of leadership.

During an address to the first annual Youth Empowerment Summit in November 2019, former President Granger said “you (young people) will become the muscle and the brains of this nation… you need to be provided with the knowledge and skills needed to transform the nation.” The PNCR has kept, and will continue to keep, its promise to the youth of Guyana.

For the PNCR, public service, not merely parliamentary service, is the priority. The Party has been listening to our members and supporters and is aware of what is happening in the towns and villages all across the country. Providing service to the people is our priority and our new parliamentarians and elected leaders at all levels will be expected to actively serve and represent their various constituencies.

We are rebuilding and strengthening the PNCR. Our Party will be 63 years old this year and remains committed to making Guyana a more socially cohesive nation. The PNCR is convinced that greater national unity and a strong and united party will bring greater national benefits for all the people of Guyana.

The new parliamentarians, along with senior leaders and members of the PNCR will fan-out across the country to rebuild and strengthen the Party in advance of the upcoming local government elections.

The PNCR made a contract with the people of Guyana 63 years ago. We shall continue to fulfill our obligation to the nation both through the legislative process in the National Assembly and in the country at large.

We will continue to work with other parties; trade unions; private sector and civil society to realise our common quest to make Guyana one nation. Our Party is continually renewing itself to give voice to people from every part of this country and every part of our great diaspora, ensuring the ‘good life’ for Guyanese.

Below is a list of our Candidates for Parliament: 

AFC 

1.   Juretha Fernandes

2.   Cathy Hughes

3.   Sherod Duncan

4.   David Patterson

5.   Haimraj Rajkumar

6.   Khemraj Ramjattan

7.   Deonarine Ramsaroop

8.   Devin Sears

9.   Raphael Trotman

 

APNU

10.                Geeta Chandan-Edmond

11.                Dr. Karen Cummings

12.                Annette Ferguson

13.                Nima Flue-Bess

14.                Tabitha Sarabo-Halley

15.                Dawn Hastings-Williams

16.                Dr. Nicolette Henry

17.                Coretta McDonald

18.                Maureen Philadelphia

19.                Natasha Singh-Lewis

20.                Amanza Walton-Desir

21.                Ronald Cox

22.                Jermaine Figuiera

23.                Roysdale Forde

24.                Joseph Harmon

25.                Vincent Henry

26.                Shurwayne Holder

27.                Dineshwar Jaipersaud

28.                Christopher Jones

29.                Vinceroy Jordan

30.                Ganesh Mahipal

31.                Richard Sinclair

People’s National Congress Reform

Congress Place, Sophia

Georgetown, Guyana

Tuesday 18th August 2020

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Comments

  • brandli62  On August 19, 2020 at 4:20 am

    A wise decision of David Granger to step down and make place for the next generation to take responsibility for Guyana’s future. A true statesman.

    • Kman  On August 21, 2020 at 11:14 am

      A statesman, really. Well l guess you can reach that conclusion if you compare him to trump

  • brandli62  On August 19, 2020 at 4:23 am

    The key question that remains is whether there is a leader in the opposition that can match up with Bharat Jagdeo in (perceived) stature, tenacity and eloquence.

    • Winston  On August 19, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      Dr. Brandlii I will not use the word “eloquence” when describing Jagdeo and whomever the opposition put in President Granger’s place must know how to deal with brute force and ignorance because that is the modus operandi of Jagdeo.

      • brandli62  On August 20, 2020 at 3:58 am

        One may argue about the use of words to characterise Bharat Jagdeo. The fact remains that he has been very determined to regain and solidify his power in Guyanese politics. Currently, I do not see a person emerging in the opposition with a similar stature and charisma. I might however be too far away to spot a coming new star with charisma, integrity, and tenacity. Guyana is a small country and its difficult to find these people even in huge countries such as the USA…..

  • the only  On August 19, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    NO NAG FROM AFC, NO VOLDA, BASIL OR AMNA FROM PNCR, SORRY TO SAY THEY JUST LOST MY SUPPORT, I MAY HAVE TO MAKE MY OWN PARTY. ALL HELP WILL BE WELCOMED. THANKS.

    • Georgy Porgy  On August 19, 2020 at 6:53 pm

      I think it’s a great idea to revamp and refresh the party. In 2020 and going forward, Guyana needs representatives with fresh ideas and vision. I agree with these moves.

  • Curtis  On August 20, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Brandeli I commend you taking your approach to Guyana’s elections and the good points you’ve made along the way. However, to use words like charisma, integrity, especially “integrity”, tenacity, eloquence, tells me that you need to do your homework. Try looking up some of the archives about Jagdeo. I can’t even say the PPP because he’s a one man demolition who has turned the PPP into his little play thing. Cheddi Jagan must be rolling over in his grave. The words you use to elevate Jagdeo into some saviour of Guyana are more applicable to Cheddi Jagan not this imposter who claims to have Guyana and the Guyanese people’s interest at heart. Just take a look at his playbook and how he has found a way to maneuver himself back into control of the new Guyana government.

    You don’t need a candle to see in the night what you can see in the day. Please go and do some research on Bharat Jagdeo.

    • brandli62  On August 21, 2020 at 4:51 am

      Curtis, thanks for your kind words. There is however a misunderstanding. Regarding Bharrat Jagdeo, I have not used the term integrity! I have been asking whether there is currently a person of the opposition with charisma, integrity, and tenacity. These are in my opinion key characteristics required to standup against a person like Jagdeo, who has been dominating the PPP for more than two decades. Keep in mind he is just 56 and seems to be determined to stick around for twenty years more!

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