I am literally afraid to go to Nigel Hughes and Khemraj Ramjattan and say to them that I got another libel from one of the dwellers of the House of Stalin. I refuse to press these two gentlemen further, given all they have done for me. So I am going to be extraordinarily careful with this column on the alleged sale of visas by Edy Duran who is under investigation.
I will not elaborate on the title of this article. Readers will have to read between the lines. The investigation into the accusations against Edy Duran is going to take more than a year. It means very powerful people in politics and business will be allowed to continue with their status. But time is closing in on some of the occupants in the House of Stalin
My review of David Casavis’s book on the Thomas Carroll visa scandal will begin in the coming days. What I do hope is that Casavis would have made use of Carroll’s extended cooperation statement to the district attorney in which he named the people who were involved with him.
I will juxtapose Carroll’s confession document with Casavis’s book to see if some of the names in Carroll’s admission statement are published by Casavis. It is obvious that Casavis would have used the confession for his book.
My curiosity is if he mentioned the people that helped and profited from Carroll. My copy of the book is due any minute now. Carroll cited two popular business places in Georgetown that deal with car accessories and he of course implicated Laurie Lewis, former Commissioner of Police.
Lewis has gone to his grave, but the unsolved murder of Monica Reece has destroyed his credibility. No serious media operative familiar with the Reece murder would exonerate Laurie Lewis. This was a botched investigation from the start. And the mistakes were so crude that no journalist could have been that stupid to believe police mischief was not at work. For example, in which country, do the police take possession of the SUV of a suspect one week after the murder?
I ignored the asininities of Joey Jagan the past umpteen years when he threatened me over my ongoing critiques of the political career of his father, Cheddi Jagan. I am a trained historian whose role is to investigate history. I couldn’t be bothered with fools who take offence to what the historian finds. Joey Jagan is one such distraction.
Cheddi Jagan was President of Guyana when Monica Reece was brutally murdered over a cocaine deal and he remained aloof from the nastiness of the police investigation. No president should behave like that in a high profile murder case.
There are times when I am truly fed up with the relentless demonization of President Burnham while researchers remain reticent of the many abominations of Cheddi Jagan, of which the police behaviour in the Reece homicide is one such depravity.
Let’s get back to the accusations against Edy Duran. The names of certain powerhouses are being called that had “runnings” with Duran. A female dictator is cited. Her wealth was acquired in a short span of time. It coincided with the rampage of a certain visa officer at the US Embassy. And when you want to see wealth then check what this woman has.
The selling of visas to Guyanese willing to get out is an amazing and inexplicable phenomenon in this country since the PPP came to power in 1992. Casavis puts Carroll’s ill-gotten money at US$12 million. Imagine a very poor country found that stupendous amount to pay for visitor’s visas. This sum does not involve legitimate expenditure on immigrant visas.
Now Carroll’s accumulation may be exceed by another consular official. When you take the number of people who left through Carroll’s nefarious sales then add the new accusation plus the large amount of legal visitor’s visas from a former homosexual consular officer, then this country should have been empty by now
So where is the new Guyana that the PPP Government sells to the world?
But there is a macabre dimension to this massive exodus out of Guyana. Even the ruling politicians want their children and families to leave. It has not been published and perhaps never will, but do you know how many children, parents and siblings of the ruling clique and their business friends have permanently left these shores.
These facts are not published but Guyanese know. And they tell themselves that if the mighty and powerful want to go why shouldn’t they too? So they bought a visa for Region Eleven.
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