Kaieteur News- I was sent a clip from Mark Benschop’s Facebook interview with Khemraj Ramjattan last week. Benschop asked for an explanation of my fallout with the APNU+AFC government. Ramjattan said there is a reason but he will not disclose it.
It means that there is a secret about me that the AFC leadership has in its possession. Why would Ramjattan be generous to me? I don’t want him to be. I consider myself to be a trenchant, relentless critic of the AFC’s leadership, so I don’t see why any of them will not reveal this secret.
Last Friday afternoon, I ran into David Patterson. While chatting, he got annoyed and admonished me for suggesting that he was corrupt and walked way. I am now informing both Ramjattan and Patterson and the rest of the AFC’s hierarchy, especially Raphael Trotman and Cathy Hughes, both of whom were the subject of my critical pen in recent times, to tell the Guyanese people what was the reason that resides in me that explains why I became a crusader against the APNU+AFC government
In revealing the secret, the AFC’s leaders will obviously lie. I will not sue for libel if anyone lies on me. I don’t believe media operatives should sue for libel. So in disclosing the reason, the AFC leaders will obviously scandalise me since I never asked for anything from my then friends when they got into power in 2015, was turned down, and thus my anger.
I never had a substantial conversation over the phone or in person with any leader of the AFC from May 2015 until the time that regime was dissolved in August 2020. I never asked any AFC minister for something for me because there was never a conversation.
The only AFC big wig I ever had a meaningful conversation with for the five years the AFC was in power was Khemraj Ramjattan. It occurred in his office in February 2018 and it was a tempestuous confrontation in which I accused him of betraying me and the Guyanese people.
Of course I will be facing the loss of credibility when Ramjattan discloses the reason why I turned against the AFC. There can be no loss of credibility because Ramjattan cannot disclose what never took place. Of course he can sprout a fiction.
There are several persons I have had discussions with about the topic of my falling out with the APNU+AFC that I campaigned for. The latest is Aubrey Heath-Retmeyer, former deputy to Clive Thomas of SARA. Our discussion took place last week, and I told him he has my permission to quote my side of the conversation.
Let me repeat what I have told such people like Norman Browne and Heath-Retmeyer, the persons I had dialogue with on the subject recently. I have said and I am saying it here right now. I do not think it serves the dignity of a human to go to his/her friend who became head of government or minister of government and ask for position or concession. I didn’t do it after my friends became part of the government in 2015.
My anger against the APNU+AFC is that they betrayed so many good, genuine people who made them win power. I was annoyed that I was so helpless to help these people. The name Khemraj Naraine comes up right way. He is currently vice-chairman of the UG workers union.
That gentleman left his wife and baby son and drove me up for public meetings in Berbice countless times. At several meetings we were attacked. On every occasion we reached Georgetown on the return trip in the uncivilised hours, nearing being harmed seriously one morning at Ogle at 2am.
He worked at UG in information technology for 15 years and was never sent on a training course, never got a promotion. These were the wrongs I expected the AFC to right when it got into government. But I couldn’t see any minister to discuss these people’s legitimate expectations. Khemraj Naraine was treated the same way between 2015 and 2020, the way he was treated at UG prior to 2015. I couldn’t see any AFC minister to talk about employment for the young AFC cadres who helped me during the 2011 and 2015 campaigns.
Ramjattan cannot dare tell this nation what was the reason for me turning against the AFC when it was in power except to mouth off a fiction. Did I have things I wanted to be involved in after 2015? Any human would know you would be lying if you say you didn’t. But I never had the opportunity to discuss it with any AFC leader. I never asked them; they never asked me. End of story.
(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this newspaper.)
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