Govt. slams Ramjattan on Linden allegations
Government yesterday expressed concern over what it claimed were “unashamed and unfounded attacks” leveled against it by Leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan. It has accused the AFC of trying to gain political mileage from the situation in Linden.
In a press release yesterday, Government said it forthrightly condemns Ramjattan’s “spurious and dangerous assertions” in Kaieteur News of Sunday, August 12, 2012.
The article is titled, “PPP thrives on chaos; Linden is a diversion from corruption.”
The Administration added that is not surprised that such wanton and misleading assault was given much prominence in Kaieteur News, which it described as ‘an Opposition mouthpiece’.
“While the paper is free to align itself with the Opposition given the freedom of choice that now permeates in Guyana and restored to Guyana by the PPP/C, journalistic ethics would demand that fairness is paramount as against sensationalism and peddling of falsehood and political conspiracies”, the release stated.
Speaking on the issue of increased electricity tariffs for Linden, Government said it wishes to remind Ramjattan that the issue was first mooted in the 1970s by former Prime Minister Forbes Burnham under the PNC government.
It related that when the said proposed increase was tabled in the National Assembly in April this year, Leader of the Opposition, Mr. David Granger, publicly supported the need to have Linden integrated into the national grid.
Government stated that immediately following Mr. Granger’s concurrence, it was the AFC along with some members of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) that instigated the protest in Linden.
The protest, which is in its fourth week, has since resulted in the loss of lives, looting, indiscriminate destruction of public and private property, the prevention of law abiding Lindeners to exercise their right to work and free access, the unconscionable increase in transportation and food costs and the loss of jobs.
“Throughout the protest it was common to see leading members of the AFC deliberately misleading the people of Linden.”
“In a protest that was held subsequently in Georgetown under the guise of supporting Linden, it was AFC/APNU members such as, David Hinds, who vociferously articulated that all cooperation with the government to resolve the situation in Linden cease forthwith!” Government noted.
The Administration emphasized that Hinds was vehemently supported by another Opposition personality, Desmond Trotman and others within the gathering including AFC leading voices. “This is a clear indication that the AFC, which touts itself as a responsible Party, is not interested in having the situation amicably resolved so that normalcy can return to Linden,” Government said.
Government asserted that AFC disregards the hardships that law abiding people of Linden have come to bear following the protest which the Party instigated.
“Further, the actions taken by Mr. Ramjattan and the AFC over the last few weeks can only be viewed as explicit support for the disregard of law and order following the burning of several buildings in Linden and the support for extortion by criminal elements meted out against the citizens there.”
“Such blatant support of criminal activities by Mr. Ramjattan and the AFC must not be allowed to go unnoticed and all Guyanese and civil society must make their voices heard in condemnation of such irresponsible behaviour by a former Presidential Candidate and his Parliamentary Party,” the Administration said.
It stated that strides made in the negotiations following the protest action must be supported for a swift implementation and the cries of those in Linden who have been made hostage as a result of the protest must not go unheard.
Government said that the position taken by Ramjattan is clearly counter-productive to peace and harmony and must be denounced.