– Pres. Ramotar tells man during meeting
President Donald Ramotar recently exposed the violent nature of former President Bharrat Jagdeo when an Amerindian man questioned the former President’s record in office. President Ramotar was addressing a political rally. He attacked the political opposition.
“They don’t have a record to be proud of; they don’t have a history that they can be proud of. That is why they don’t like history and they don’t like to hear about the past.”
The man retorted, “Yea, yea, like Jagdeo.”
“You don’t know anything about Jagdeo; if he bin hay he might a slap yo, coz you stupid,” the President is heard saying on an audio recording released to the media by a villager.
The Aishalton meeting is among several visits the President has been making around the country ahead of general elections next year. The trips are not announced to the media, and on this particular trip the President took none of his information officers or the videographer attached to his office.
However, with the release of the Jagdeo slapping comment, the Press and Publicity Unit of Office of the President sprang into action. “(The unit) has noted sections of the media reporting on what is purported to be a recording of an engagement between President Donald Ramotar and a hinterland resident three (3) weeks ago. Efforts are being made to authenticate the integrity of this recording.”
A statement signed by Kwame McCoy said,” The tenor of the engagement represents the cut and trust (sic) of public meetings.”
“As the New Year beckons, particularly with general elections pending, we can expect many more such attempts at sensational reporting,” he added.
It was at the very meeting that school teacher John Adams said he was slapped by Presidential Guards for heckling the President during the meeting.
“I don’t like how they are treating especially the Amerindian people. Now, one brave, small person like me spoke and I was slapped,” Adams said yesterday.
Adams has reported the matter to the Police, but does not believe he will get any justice.
‘It look like the DPP and whoever investigating this are all linked to the dirty PPP politics,” Adams added.
The President during his speech berated the Opposition and the private media, namely Stabroek News and Kaieteur News. Contacted for comment, the President’s Information Liaison Officer Kwame McCoy at the time had said he did not know of the recording.
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