– done to pave way for dictatorial take-over
When he compared the multimillion dollar auction of six blocks of airwaves in the US to the gifting of Guyana’s to certain persons by former President Bharrat Jagdeo, General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) Joseph Harmon said that Jagdeo’s actions reveal a sinister plot to bombard and control the minds of Guyanese with “PPP’s poisonous messages” in event of any elections.
He added that this was also done to pave the way for a dictatorial take over by the current administration.
The APNU Shadow Minister of Telecommunications stated that Guyana’s airwaves are an important resource not only for local and regional communication but also for international reach.
He expressed the opinion that the multimillion dollar auction of the airwaves in the US clearly shows how Guyana’s government literally gifted the country’s frequencies to the “Jagdeoites.”
Harmon emphasized that the nation should also pay attention to the manner in which the government, “is obsessed with controlling all means of communication simply to manipulate the people and the political atmosphere with its immoral and poisonous persuasions.”
He said that the citizenry needs to understand that the government is doing this because it wants to colour their thinking. The PPP only wants its lies in the atmosphere, he reiterated.
The politician said that the government does not want other voices getting a chance to be heard because the “truth and their lies cannot co-exist in the same place.”
The Attorney-at-Law stated that his coalition has always said that the actual “give away” of the airwaves in such a manner by the former President constitutes “an unforgivable violation.”
He reiterated that the airwaves are a limited national resource and it should be viewed and treated as such. On this premise, Harmon emphasized the need for a proper formula that would enable the best person being granted a radio licence so that the best use can be made of it.
The politician remarked that it is still his belief that Jagdeo, in his last days in office, gave away the airwaves in such a manner so that in event of another elections, “it can be able to easily influence the thinking of the people. They did this so they can bombard the people with their messages, and it’s a sickening thing. It is about control and domination of the airwaves by the government and it’s a sneaky sinister plot to kill democracy and pave the road for a dictatorship.”
In a general sense, the politician urged the electorate to pay attention to the manner in which the PPP government either takes control of certain resources or sells it to foreign groups.
“I want the nation to pay attention to what is taking place. They have the Chinese firms taking over and abusing our resources without facing the law, they have literally taken control of the frequencies and they are sharing out all of the other resources. We need to let this ugly and wicked PPP clan know how angry we are and that we are simply fed up with its dictatorship-rule.
“At the rate they are going, it is frightening to imagine what the future would be like for our children’s children, if we continue under the PPP. This administration wants to control everything because they want us to become tenants in our own land. They want to be known as the PPP landlord class, but I promise that will change.”
Vice Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC), Moses Nagamootoo had stated that when his party becomes the next government, it will revisit the allocation of the “bulk” of Guyana’s radio frequencies which he said were gifted by former President Bharrat Jagdeo to his “loyal minions.”
Kaieteur News had asked the Vice Chairman to give his take on the domination of Guyana’s airwaves, against the back drop that the USA is conducting an auction for six blocks of its airwaves with the cost exceeding over US$34B.
To this, Nagamootoo had said that the allocations that were made in 2011to certain government cronies by Jagdeo were arbitrary and reflects discrimination.
He had said that it is not tenable and a new government headed by the AFC will revisit all those allocations. He had also asserted that it is something he considers to be a sacred grail and the government’s actions constitute a violation. Nagamootoo had said that this “theft of a national resource” bothers him and that it would be investigated thoroughly.
Nagamootoo had also opined that there are other applicants for radio licences who have not been dealt with on the basis of merit. He had stressed that there should be technical studies done to ensure that the best use would be made of the frequency once given rather than just granting it to someone because of presidential favour or financial capacity.
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