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Guyana Politics: The Freudian mind of the PPP – By Freddie Kissoon

The Freudian mind of the PPP

Guyana: The 2012 census; the future of the PNC, PPP and AFC – By Freddie Kissoon

Government confirms Caribbean Airlines flag carrier status – video

Guyana Government confirms Caribbean Airlines flag carrier status – 9th May 2013

At a time when Caribbean Airlines  is  reportedly facing what amounts to more than $TT500 million in debt, the Guyana Government has confirmed that it has granted the airline flag carrier status. The announcement came just three days after U.S. carrier Delta Airlines ended its service to Guyana. The move by Delta has left Caribbean […]

Also read the Kaieteur News report:                   Continue reading

A perfect storm – the radio broadcast licences – commentary

In the DiasporaBy Dr Arif Bulkan

Stabroek News – APRIL 15, 2013 · BY  · 
Dr. Arif Bulkan teaches constitutional law and Caribbean human rights law at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies

The forced disclosure of the Prime Minister that on the eve of demitting office in November 2011, former President Jagdeo issued ten radio broadcast licences in his discretion, brings to mind the concept of a ‘perfect storm’. This refers to a natural phenomenon whereby a series of aggravating circumstances combine to produce one monster event. Jagdeo’s decision to issue those licences was a perfect storm of lawlessness, for it embodied simultaneously a series of unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful acts, all of which are integral aspects of PPP-style governance.

These include their intolerance of criticism, their serial disregard for the law, the nepotism that overshadows employment decisions and government spending, and a shameless policy of racial discrimination targeted at the country’s Afro-descendants. Issuing those licences must have been among the last of Jagdeo’s official acts, and it was wholly in keeping with a tenure that caused Nadira Jagan to lament, shortly after Jagdeo left office, that her parents must be turning in their graves.   Continue reading

Jagdeo worked at OP during Ramotar’s absence

Jagdeo worked at OP during Ramotar’s absence

JUNE 9, 2012 | BY  | F

Government has defended the presence of former Head of State, Bharrat Jagdeo, in the Office of the President (OP) saying that he was there to specifically help compile a special report on the recent budget cuts.
Responding to questions, Thursday, during his weekly post-Cabinet press briefings, Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger

File photo: Government has defended the presence of ex-Head of State Bharrat Jagdeo in the Office of the President. He was there to prepare a report for President Donald Ramotar (left) on the recent budget cuts.

Luncheon, asked for evidence that Jagdeo may have been involved in other engagements.
Jagdeo was at work in the OP during the absence of President Donald Ramotar who was recently on state business in New York and Barbados.  [more]

Gov’t threads cautiously on private radio licences

Gov’t threads cautiously on private radio licences

March 28, 2012 (Demerara Waves)

The government says it is proceeding cautiously with the issuing of the new radio licences approved by President Bharrat Jagdeo before he left office in order to avoid contentious issues surrounding their operations in the future.

This is according to Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon who was Wednesday responding to a question about the time it has taken for the 11 new licences to be issued.

“My understanding is that because a large number of licences are being issued at the same time, some of them extend with an NCN-type coverage and others are community-based like the one in Region Nine, that indeed effort has to be made to ensure that [one] company does not transmit and interfere with the frequency that [another] company is transmitting,” he said.

Dr. Luncheon added that considerable work has to be done to ensure that they do not create the basis for “questions, legal challenges and distortions in quality of reception” with the awarding of the new licences. Continue reading

Govt. admits it has been wiretapping

Govt. admits it has been wiretapping

NOVEMBER 9, 2011 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

…no requests made to GT&T, Digicel  

The Government of Guyana, through its Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee, yesterday admitted to the use of wiretapping, utilising the controversial Interception of Communication legislation.
To date, none of the alleged recordings made from lawful wiretapping have been tendered in the court to be used as evidence against anyone.

Rohee made the disclosure as he was giving People’s Progressive Party Civic campaign updates at Freedom House and said that the administration has been making progress with respect to the use anti-crime legislation, which he said the political opposition did not support in the House.    more

Luncheon denies Govt. ‘illegally wiretapped phones’

NOVEMBER 10, 2011 | BY  | FILED UNDER NEWS

…suggests Rohee was talking about traditional information sharing

Government spokesperson and Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, yesterday denied that the administration has been illegally wiretapping persons’ phones for the purpose of eavesdropping.

Dr Luncheon was speaking at his weekly press briefing at the Office of the President. He was at the time responding to a comment by Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, the previous day that there were successes gained through the wiretapping legislation (Interception of Communication Act) among others.      more

Jagdeo-Kissoon Libel Case – Diplomatic nominees

Jagdeo-Kissoon Libel Case  – Diplomatic nominees

By Denis Scott Chabrol – (Demerara Waves) 20-September-2011

Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon on Tuesday said he was unaware of the yard-stick being used to select nominees for Guyanese envoys abroad and he admitted that several named ambassadors do not have any diplomatic experience.

The revelations were made when he was cross-examined by Defence Attorney, Nigel Hughes in High Court libel case between President Bharrat Jagdeo and newspaper columnist, Freddie Kissoon.

The lawyer set out to justify Kissoon’s assertion in one of his Kaieteur News newspaper columns that Jagdeo is an ideological racist, a description that prompted Jagdeo to seek GUY$10 million in damages for libel.  The defence on Tuesday sought to prove that the sale of land and state property, ambassadorial appointments and the provision of sports facilities discriminated against African Guyanese.   more

Also:

Kissoon’s references to King Kong didn’t specifically point to anyone- Luncheon

Freddie vs Jagdeo libel case – Updates of trial

These are the Kaieteur News Reports of the Trial:

Day 1 – Freddie vs Jagdeo court battle begins

August 20, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under News
– Court told Ambassadors, heads of key state agencies all Indians – Luncheon claims Govt. impartial
By Latoya Giles

The highly published and much anticipated court battle – President Bharrat Jagdeo vs. Kaieteur News Columnist Frederick Kissoon – got underway yesterday with Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon being the first person called to give evidence in chief. The Head of State is suing Kissoon and National Media and Publishing Company, publishers of Kaieteur News, and Editor-in-Chief Adam Harris for over $10M, claiming libel in one of Kissoon’s daily columns last year.

Read complete ReportFreddie vs Jagdeo court battle begins

Day 2- Luncheon grilled on govt. contracts, postings, policies and land awards

AUGUST 25, 2011 | BY KNEWS | FILED UNDER NEWS

  Freddie vs Jagdeo libel case…

Lawyers for President Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday failed in their bid to prevent Freddie Kissoon’s defence team from questioning Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, on the award of contracts, as the libel case brought by the Head of State against the Kaieteur News columnist, the newspaper and its editor-in-chief, continued in the High Court yesterday.
Dr Luncheon testified that it is the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board that awards contracts – therefore not the President.

However, upon further questioning, Luncheon admitted that as per procedure contracts are awarded by the Tender Administration Board only after a “Non Objection” is issued by Cabinet – the Cabinet being the Council of Government Ministers chaired by the President.
The Head of the Presidential Secretariat further agreed that if the Cabinet, again chaired by the President, makes an objection to a contract, then it cannot be awarded by the Tender Administration Board.

Read Complete Report: Luncheon grilled on govt contracts postings policies and land awards

Day 3- Jagdeo vs Kisssoon Libel Case…

Freddie vs Jagdeo libel case…Court hears Black candidates overlooked for DPP position

AUGUST 30, 2011 | BY  |

The High Court yesterday heard how President Bharrat Jagdeo overlooked two Afro-Guyanese candidates for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in favour of Indo-Guyanese, as the libel case brought against Kaieteur News columnist Freddie Kissoon, the newspaper’s publisher and editor-in-chief continued yesterday.
President Jagdeo is suing for $10 million, claiming that a column entitled “King Kong sent his goons to disrupt the conference” pointed to Jagdeo as King Kong. The President has claimed that the article suggests that he is a racist and that “by extension, the State and Government of Guyana, practice racism as an ideology, dogma, philosophy and policy.”  Continue reading

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