GUYANA POLITICS: Charrandass Persaud back in Guyana

Former government MP Charrandass Persaud (at right in foreground) after his stunning vote in favour of the PPP/C’s motion of no-confidence against the government. (Stabroek News file photo)
Former government MP Charrandass Persaud (at right in foreground) after his stunning vote in favour of the PPP/C’s motion of no-confidence against the government. (Stabroek News file photo)

Sunday Stabroek was reliably informed that Persaud returned here on October 9th, 2020.         

A source told this newspaper that since his return, Persaud has been asked to keep a low profile until he settles in.

After Persaud, then an APNU+AFC parliamentarian, voted in favour of the then opposition-sponsored motion against the former government, he was subjected to attacks on his character by both his former APNU+AFC colleagues and their supporters.

He left for Canada the day after the vote on the motion, which was passed 33 to 32 after he voted with the PPP/C, which was then the opposition. The PPP/C returned to office on August 2, following a five month impasse over the results of the March 2nd general and regional elections.

While Persaud said he voted according to his conscience, last year January then Commissioner of Police Leslie James had announced that he was the subject of an investigation stemming from a report of bribery and possible plans to move gold out of the country.

Months after, then Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan had said that the investigation into Persaud would only continue once “other witnesses” come forward. This disclosure was made months after Ramjattan had said that the investigation was stalled and there is no “solid” evidence to have Persaud extradited.

Persaud has denied the allegations made against him and has filed a multi-million dollar libel suit against Ramjattan.

 

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  • Georgy Porgy  On October 19, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    He’s feeling empowered now that the PPP is the government. Judas to the bone, but no big surprise. What miss you ain’t pass you mister!!!

  • brandli62  On October 19, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Alleged bribery is easily revealed, if you really want to do know, by following the money trails….. I am not sure whether the new government has a genuine interest in following up this story.

    The Moor has done his duty, the Moor can go. [after: Fiesco’s Conspiracy at Genoa by Friedrich Schiller]

    • Georgy Porgy  On October 20, 2020 at 8:53 am

      It’s difficult to follow the money trails when the bribes are paid in GOLD!!!

      • brandli62  On October 20, 2020 at 9:22 am

        Correct, but gold is illiquid and you have to turn it into money, if you want to spend it.

  • Georgy Porgy  On October 20, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I think that can be easily done on the black market….no?

    • brandli62  On October 20, 2020 at 4:20 pm

      But then the large amounts of money wouldl end up on his bank account, right? Or you think he’ll stash it under the mattress of his mother-in-law? 🙂

      • Georgy Porgy  On October 20, 2020 at 11:50 pm

        Not in Guyana. People deal in cash all the time and not all of their monies are put into the Bank. You can be right……stashed away but I don’t think the mattress is being used these days. They find ways to launder it.

  • Dennis Albert  On October 20, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    Like Freddie Kissoon, Charandass did a deal with the PPP. Do not forgive him.

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