Dec 17, 2014 News
Nandlall’s threat to K/News…
After weeks of demonstrations, several members of the public joined the once lone protestor Courtney Crum-Ewing in solidarity, calling for the dismissal of Attorney General (AG), Anil Nandlall, alluding to distasteful remarks he made during a profanity-laced recorded telephone conversation with a Kaieteur News senior reporter.
More than a month ago, the AG was recorded issuing threats to the Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall and his staff. During the recording, Nandlall was also heard attempting to solicit sexual favours on behalf of a relative and hinting that there was a forthcoming, disturbing plot against Kaieteur News.
In light of the recording, Crum- Ewing, a former Officer of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), has been carrying out a demonstration for weeks, in front of Nandlall’s Carmichael Street, Georgetown office, calling for his dismissal.
Yesterday, Crum-Ewing once again resumed his demonstration, but was this time joined by two dozen members of civil society, among them, Chartered Accountant and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram, prominent political activist Dr. David Hinds and Kaieteur News’ publisher Glenn Lall.
Ram commented that the government’s position in allowing the AG to remain in office reflects “poorly” on the administration, saying that even the Bar Association of Guyana has called for Nandlall’s resignation.
He further commented that it is an embarrassment to the country that the government would continue to support a public official, who was “in breach of his civic duty to the citizens of Guyana”. This was said in reference to the AG’s withholding of knowledge that threatened the lives of citizens.
Dr. Hinds, who has over 35 years of political activism under his belt, stressed that the AG’s remarks to a Kaieteur News senior reporter were “undignified and should not be tolerated coming from a public official”.
“I am of the view that your private political views should be in consort with your public views as someone who is in public office,” said Dr. Hinds.
He stated that he was disturbed by Nandlall’s proclamation of his racial superiority and that the AG spoke as if the country is owned by the Government rather than the people. He explained that the two views are dangerous for any government to support, as they can lead to an authoritative state.
“Picketing doesn’t remove a government, but it calls attention to the significance of the preserving of every citizen’s constitutional right to speak out against authoritative governments,” said Hind.
On Monday, Crum-Ewing took his demonstration to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). He cited the fact that it has been more than six weeks since the file on allegations made by the Publisher of the Kaieteur News, was forwarded by the police to the DPP for advice. The matter remains stalled at the Chambers.
Hinds opined that the stall was due to collusion between the AG’s Office and the Office of the DPP. He is of the belief that the offices of many public services have become politicized causing a further breach in the duties of many of Guyana’s public offices.
“The fact that the DPP has not pronounced on the matter should alert the country,” said the political activist “We have been through this before! We have to keep this thing in the limelight.”
In speaking to the media, Kaieteur News’ publisher Glenn Lall, stated that he was part of the protest because he is “still looking for justice.” Lall emphasised that he wants to see the same justice served to him by the DPP and police, served to the AG.
“There wasn’t even a recording against me, just allegations,” said Lall, “and this speaks volumes of where our country is heading.”
Supporting protestors voiced their support of Crum-Ewing’s demonstrations, with one mother of four stating that the way the country is heading “is not right”.
Others said that they felt it was necessary to come out and join their fellow citizen, Crum-Ewing, in exercising their constitutional right “when things are going wrong in our country.”
Crum-Ewing, related to the media that he was overwhelmed by the support he received by citizens and shows that people no longer want to see the hijacking of their public offices. He intends on continuing his demonstrations in front of the AG’s office and is calling on continued support from other citizens.
“This struggle will continue,” Crum-Ewing stated.
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