I am still at a loss to find out why President Bharrat Jagdeo used the term “sleaze-ball” to describe me at one of his press conferences. Apart from my public appearance in Kaieteur News, I am hardly a society person.
I have been married to the same woman for 31 years, raised a philosophically inclined 20-year-old daughter, never touched any form of alcohol, never used any type of tobacco, do not club, party or socialize and have done the market since I got married in the seventies; all the staff at Nigel’s Supermarket have come to know me very well.
I have worked in the same job as a teacher for 23 years. A telephone call to my home will find me there every night after 20.00 hours, perhaps with the exception of Saturday and Sunday nights when I touch down at Kaieteur News to poke fun at Uncle Adam, Uncle Glenn and my Kaieteur News colleagues.
How is my sleaze-ball status doing compared to Kwame Mc Coy who works directly and closely with Mr. Jagdeo? Mr. Mc Coy has asked the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) to investigate me for what he says is unbecoming commentary on him by me. The ERC called me last week to come in. I don’t have time with Bishop Edghill’s outfit. I believe it is illegal.
I have never been charged by the police; Kwame Mc Coy has been twice. At the moment, Mc Coy seems to be heading for trouble. I wonder if the President thinks I am still a sleaze-ball.
How is my sleaze-ball status doing in comparison to Evan Persaud, the UG lecturer facing dismissal for sexually inappropriate behaviour? This is the same Evan Persaud who wrote me this year threatening libel if I did not apologize for saying he and his Indian Arrival Committee (IAC) get PPP money for their organization’s activities.
I ignored Persaud and his nonsense because the whole of Guyana knows that the IAC is a PPP front group. Persaud is a member of the PPP because he was selected to be a delegate at the PPP’s congress in August last year.
Mr. Jagdeo is the Minister of Information and had to approve the appointment of Persaud as the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Broadcasting. Persaud is the only member of that body because the private sector representative is ill, and the PNC’s has withdrawn.
Both Mc Coy and Persaud are in serious trouble involving use of sexual vocabulary. Does President Jagdeo still believe I am a sleaze-ball?
Hundreds of millions of persons throughout history have probably asked God if he has deserted them when with faced with adverse situations. I have worked at UG for 23 years. My wife has worked for 26 years. Together we saved our money in the bank after paying PAYE and after the bank would have paid withholding tax on the interest the bank gives.
Now Khurshid Sattaur, Head of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), has requested that for the past nine years I submit property tax. For those who don’t know, property tax means all assets including furniture, cars, jewellery, homes and bank account.
So Thursday, I declared all of these things, thanks to generous offers of good lawyers and good accountants who care about justice. Not that I had much assets. But I had to pay a big sum from my savings, the very savings my wife and I paid taxes on since the middle of the eighties. So we are taxed twice.
My plan to buy a laptop has now been dashed – the money gone to Sattaur. The Guyana Government is about to receive trillions of dollars. If Sattaur could go after a PAYE income-earner like me, then think of when he extends the net to those thousands and thousands that have huge assets, at the incredible sums the GRA will collect.
But will he go after the sharks? This is Guyana where an elected dictatorship, which is worse than the Burnham Government, can do what it wants.
My diary cannot be completed without the mention of Dr. Walter Ramsahoye. He goes on Channel 6 daily and says all manner of things about me. He sued me for libel. You should see the court affidavit. It says that I libeled a man of national importance. But he is now charged with violent assault and abduction.
Remember Tony Vieira and his unceasing attacks on me? Well, he abandoned Guyana and lives in a quiet town in New York where no one looks at him. By the way, I am very much in love with my wife and would never dare attempt to put her out. Am I really a sleaze-ball?
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