Denesh Ramdin, Compton Bourne and incredible hypocrisy
Dr. David Hinds (whom I consider a great Guyanese) in discussing the Denesh Ramdin incident laid the blame for Ramdin’s indiscretion on the elder Caribbean generation. He posited that they have not imparted the correct and relevant values to the younger generation.
The Ramdin controversy saw many senior Caribbean persons condemning Ramdin. But on a level of hypocrisy that is sickening and shocking we don’t ever hear and these people castigating eminent Caribbean personalities for their shocking and unbecoming behaviour.
Shridath Ramphal took part in the Bharrat Jagdeo’s Day of Appreciation showering praise on the most dictatorial Head of Government the Caricom region has produced.
Now we have a Guyanese who was awarded the country’s highest honour, the Order of Excellence yet he is man who is shameless in his unprofessional behaviour.
But Bourne’s promised $600 million for tertiary education (Guyanese dollars) didn’t get off the ground.
While opening UG’s Centre for Information, Mr. Jagdeo announced the CDB grant. But Bourne couldn’t get the money from his Board. The CDB insisted that it only funds education projects at the primary level. Last year Bourne’s contract with the CDB was not renewed. In fact he lost out to Jamaican William Smith in a vote of the Board.
The two unions at UG have called for Bourne’s removal from UG. I have sat for three years on the UG Council with Bourne and I say most unambiguously that he does not deserve our country’s highest award, he did not deserve to be the President of the CDB and Guyanese must reject him as the Chancellor. This man’s conduct as the Chancellor at UG has been most unprofessional.
In the first meeting with him, I was appalled that this man could watch people in their face and reject the sacred principle of conflict of interest.
The occasion was the selection of three non-UG persons to sit on a disciplinary committee to investigate sexual misconduct by lecturer Evan Persaud, a PPP-card bearing member. At a Council meeting Bourne was informed that the three non-UG personnel were also card-bearing members of the PPP and therefore were in a conflict of interest. Bourne looked me in the face and said; “are you questioning the integrity of these people.” What an asinine thing to say
Bourne presided over a Council meeting in which four lecturers had their contracts terminated without any statement of complaint from any section of the University community. It was a violation of the statutes of the University. Now an expired Council, consisting of PPP Parliamentarians and PPP members whose life has been extended by a mere two months has renewed his contact
The two unions have rejected him with one of their arguments being that for his three years as Chancellor, he has not done anything for UG. He lives in Trinidad and each time he comes here with his wife, she plants a garden in different parts of the UG estate.
None of her plots has survived. It was all PR stunts. Now that he is out of the CDB, Bourne is looking for a job with the Guyana Government. Rumour has it that he will be the next Minister of Trade with a reorganized Ministry with a longer title. I have been told that he may start construction soon in Pradoville 2.