“If the President fails to act then the people of Guyana will have to take the necessary steps and I believe if Nandlall does not resign then the entire government should be asked to resign.”
The frightening details of the 19-minute expletive-laced recorded conversation between Attorney General (AG),
Anil Nandlall, and Kaieteur News senior reporter, Leonard Gildharie has confirmed some of the worst fears of the largest opposition bloc, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
It has caused the party to make strong calls for Nandlall’s immediate resignation.
Yesterday, at APNU press conference at the party’s Hadfield headquarters, Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, said that APNU has over the years, accused the PPP/C of being in bed with criminals, of condoning extra judicial killings and contract killings, corruption and of cavorting with drug lords.
Now that the government’s “blue-eyed boy” has been caught on tape making several references to violent figures of the criminal world who with one phone call or through the deployment of their weapons could wreak havoc on hapless victims, Williams said that this is more than an alarming reality.
He referred to a comment by the AG in the recorded conversation, “Is a lot of powerful people, who get sensitive now.” The AG stated that he even had to “hold back the man,” presumably from going after the Publisher of this newspaper, Glenn Lall and his staff, Williams said.
The APNU Parliamentarian stated that Nandlall also blew the whistle on a conspiracy to commit murder at the Kaieteur News office on Saffon Street when he said, “Peter gun pay fuh Paul…” He reminded that the AG proceeded to advise the senior reporter to move from Kaieteur News. “My advice is to move; it is a dangerous place to work.”
Nandlall, Williams said, boasted of having “far more effective methods” to which he could resort. He spoke about the “change in tempo” after Kaieteur News published several articles on Nandlall’s alleged involvement in “spying” on the newspaper.
Williams told the media that as Head of the Guyana Bar Association and the Government’s Legal Advisor, Nandlall
holds a pivotal position in the maintenance of law and order in this country.
However, the AG has betrayed the trust reposed in that office by the citizenry and must pay the price. He added, “How is he going to talk to the legal fraternity…this country needs the full implementation of law and if you have a man (Nandlall) that is also lawless then we will end up in a bottomless pit.”
The APNU Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs reiterated his coalition’s call for Nandlall to be relieved of all his ministerial responsibilities, immediately.
Attorney at Law and General Secretary of APNU, Joseph Harmon said that the revelations of the recorded conversation, demonstrate that the government is hell bent on running a “secret regime and a criminal enterprise.”
APNU’s General Secretary said that President Donald Ramotar is now presiding over a Cabinet of Ministers “unworthy of the people’s trust.”
“If the President fails to act, then the people of Guyana will have to take the necessary steps. I believe if Nandlall does not resign then the entire government should be asked to resign,” Harmon added.
Considering its concerns over the matter and the revelations of the recorded conversation, Harmon was subsequently asked if he or his counterpart, Williams, will be taking any parliamentary action to reprimand the AG.
Williams said that if the Parliament was not gearing to deal with the unprecedented No-Confidence Motion, then certainly, measures would have been put in place to have him brought before the Privileges Committee.
“It’s not to say that we are not taking action but the point is that you have a clear revelation as to what is happening with this government …The time is right for you the people to make a difference. We are your representatives but we need your help in this too.”
Harmon said that APNU is giving the President an opportunity to do what is right by the people especially with
regard to the AG.
“If they fail to act then the APNU will have no choice but to act in favour of the people and act on what is right.”
At the press conference, he told the media that there are many parts of the infamous recorded conversation that APNU has not touched as yet. Emphasizing that the money the AG said he took was not approved by the Parliament on any such means. Harmon said that this indicates that such a transaction is a “callous betrayal of the citizen’s trust and the fair way in which state resources are supposed to be allocated.”
As it relates to the government’s contention that a “private” conversation between Nandlall and Gildharie was “manipulated”, Williams made it clear that Guyana’s Constitution had provisions for privacy but in the Constitutional Reform Commission, that part was edited.
“That was edited out because they (government) wanted to pave the way for widespread bugging of peoples’ phones and so now, they can’t complain. The legislation was subsequently passed indicating the conditions under which you could bug or tap a phone officially… Fact is that it is in the public domain,” the Shadow Legal Affairs Minister explained.
He added that the notion being peddled by the government that the phone was tapped is “highly speculative.”
“One would need permission under the Act to do such. How could the government have its phone tapped by Glenn Lall?”
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