“When a government continues to be silent after seeing its public officials display unimaginable scales of lawlessness
and corruption, it only signals strong support for that kind of behaviour and inevitably, sends a distasteful message to the nation. If government cannot keep its own officials in line and prevent excessive abuses against members of the Fourth Estate who are the eyes and ears of the people, then how do you expect citizens to believe that you have its best interest at heart?”
This was the assertion of General Secretary of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon, in light of damning evidence which reveals a plot between former president Bharrat Jagdeo and Commissioner General, Khurshid Sattaur to shut down the Kaieteur News.
Harmon stated that it is imperative for citizens to understand what is taking place before them.
“I want to appeal to citizens to understand the political gamesmanship that is taking place. The government can only be seen as condoning the actions of Sattaur, for they have been nothing but silent on this front. They have not denied the content of the email published by Kaieteur News. Because he has caught them with their pants down, they will now try to damage the character of the publisher of the newspaper, Glenn Lall, because he is standing firm for democracy and transparency.
“We cannot let him stand alone in this. We have to let the government know that the people of this nation are sick of their torture and terrorism games by any of its arms. How many times have we spoken about just talking and not putting force behind what we say? This is one of the perfect opportunities for the people to show this government that they want a change in the scope of things. I want to urge citizens to stand up against the abuse of office by such public officials,” Harmon emphasised.
The APNU MP said that he knows that government is running scared, because the Opposition is standing up for “a man who believes in democracy”.
“The next thing that they will do is bring out a set of distasteful concoctions to fool the people into thinking that this man is not standing for principle. They will try to get the public to not support Mr. Lall so that he can feel alone in this matter and the PPP strikes hardest when they think they have isolated you. This government has no control over how far it will go to muzzle a man who will stand against them, who will challenge them. They are scared of fearless people,” Harmon concluded.
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