Sep 14, 2021 Letters
I refer to a ‘Peeping Tom’ article published in your September 12, 2021 edition headlined
‘A test for the Irfaan Ali administration.’
The article in part read as follows: ‘Soon after the PPP/C came to office in 1992, a WPA leader exposed the fact that a private contractor, who did business with a certain Ministry, had transferred one of his motor vehicles into the name of the son of the Minister of that Ministry. The explanation proffered was that it was a legitimate sale.
Cheddi Jagan’s failure to take condign and swift action in this matter backfired on him. While he himself was incorruptible, corruption would later envelop his administration.’
The facts are as follows. President Jagan did not fail ‘to take swift and condign action on the matter nor did the matter ‘backfire on him’.’
As soon as the matter was brought to his attention he instructed that the motor vehicle in question be handed back to the contractor.
That was done. The incident occasioned the reassignment of portfolios at the ministerial level. The matter found its way in the public domain.
President Jagan took firm and decisive action against others who were found to be engaged in activities inimical to the interest of his administration’s policy in pursuit of a ‘Lean And Clean Government’ at that time.
To claim that ‘corruption would later envelop his administration’ (Oct.1992-March 1997) is to sex-up the issue to make it appear credible.
Clement J. Rohee
Former Minister of Government
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