This country never ceases to amaze me,
the people who are in power seem to either have total contempt for us, or they
think that we are all as stupid as they are.
It has therefore been my unfortunate
function to tell you when the septic tank reaches overflowing and cannot be
Let's start with the kidnapping of US embassy official Lesniak on 12th April 2003, after he was released
the ransom being paid, almost a dozen FBI agents came to Guyana to conduct an investigation into
the circumstances of the kidnapping. After several days Dr. Roger Luncheon
announced that the FBI's investigations were complete and that their findings
will be submitted to the police and that his government had also seen the
report. The next day the police tell us that they are not aware of any report
and that Luncheon must have put his foot in his mouth, again!
Now anyone with a few functioning brain
cells would have smelled the huge load of un-refrigerated fish, since no one in
the police or the Minister of Home Affairs himself would dare to contradict Dr.
Luncheon who most people think, with some justification, is in charge of almost
everything in this government.
Luncheon did make a mistake but the
mistake he made was not that the FBI were conducting independent investigations
into the kidnapping, since it is clear that they were, the mistake was telling
us that they were doing so as an independent agency outside of the normal
police channels, thus the necessity to submit a report of their findings to the
Clearly having made the statement
Luncheon was advised that allowing the FBI to conduct an independent
investigation in the country, we had yielded our sovereignty to the US. And that is why the police contradicted
Luncheon and got away with it. To this day no member of the public has ever
seen this report by the FBI, but the reason why most of us remained silent
whilst our sovereignty was being prostituted was that we wanted to see the
FBI's report and who it implicated.
The FBI team then however returns to the
US and very shortly thereafter
they got a US Judge to issue a
bench warrant for one Shawn Brown which would require the extradition of Brown
to the US.
Shawn Brown was one of the most wanted
criminals in the country since he escaped from the Camp Street jail in February
2002, the police now tell us that he was responsible for quite a large chunk of
the mayhem in the country since then, but Gajraj and Mc Donald had failed to find
him even though on one occasion it is alleged that Brown was residing almost
next door to the Minister for what appears to be several months.
Shawn Brown knew a lot, perhaps too
much, we will now never know, but he associated with the other criminals and
knew who was involved in what, and in view of what happened next, I wonder who
exactly was in charge of this crime spree. And what was the motivation for it.
Clearly Brown could not be arrested after
the US Judge issued that warrant since they would have demanded his presence in
the US, and this government would have been left with no alternative but hand
him over. The US Ambassador
even threatened to close the Embassy here and our Government boys would not
have liked that one bit, so they would have had to cooperate. And the Americans
would have made Brown talk, as they did with Carroll. Perhaps what Brown had to
say would implicate too many people in high places, he therefore had to go.
So this dangerous and elusive criminal
wanted by the police for nearly one year and three months was shot dead in Guyana the day after the newspaper
announced that the warrant in the US had been issued for his arrest. Now I believe in coincidence
as much as the next man, ladies and gentlemen but isn't this one a strain on
even the most trusting of us.
Now we come to the 120 Kilograms of coke
found on a ship which had a consignment of lumber from Guyana on board.
This shipment of "lumber-caine" or
"coke-umber" whichever [I think I'll label it a coke-umber shipment since the
value of the Coke was far higher than the lumber] was intercepted with almost 2
billion G dollars of coke by the British authorities since the 29th
May 2003 and the men who are involved in embarrassing this nation in this manner,
have not been identified, much less charged. Why is that? Are those who are
supposed to charge them, involved themselves? Can't these people see that you
are fooling no one? In the absence of any information and the deafening silence
on this matter by the authorities the Guyana Public and the rest of the Diplomatic
Community will conclude, as I do, that a member or supporter of the Government is
involved, and it can impact negatively on our national economy?
This paralysis on the part of the persons
who are supposed to be doing this job for the people of this nation leads one
to draw only the most adverse inferences. Since the 8th June we have
been getting the royal run around from our Minister of Home Affairs who seems
incapable of contacting Scotland Yard or the local British High Commission to
find out who exactly shipped this container. The file is coming we are told.
Well this delay in getting the "file" allows the perpetrators to exit
the country and therefore the jurisdiction of our police, is that the plan?
Now ladies and gentlemen to load a container
on a ship bound for a foreign port entails as much paperwork, especially in
this country, than the constitution.
This was lumber, so, first of all,
the person shipping the lumber must get an export permit from the Forestry
Commission, then he has to get an export license from the Ministry of Trade,
having been approved by the Ministry of Trade the exporter then takes these two
documents to the customs and fill out what is called a C 72 Form, now
listen to this carefully ladies and gentlemen; to fill out this C 72 form the
person who is exporting the lumber must identify himself with his customs export
registration number, if he is exporting for someone else, he must provide
not only the exporter's registration number but his own, personal,
registration number, which he, as the declearant must have, the schedule B section
of C 72 Form tells customs who the exporter is by his specific registration
number and the name of the person he is shipping to; a valuation is then placed
on the lumber and it is given to the shipper in this case EWL whose local agent
happens to be John Fernandes, who then fill out their own forms called the bill
of laden which has all of the above documents attached to it and they put it on
In the UK the consignee and his cronies were arrested around the 8th
of June and placed before the courts, and the UK authorities must have had in their possession these shipping
documents which were seized by the British police along with the cargo of coke-umber.
All the police here have to do is to pick up the phone and ask the British High
Commission who the consigner was from Guyana. It is a matter of public record in the British courts.
It's been 14 days and Gajraj
cannot tell us who the consigner of this shipment of coke-umber is, and I don't
care how many containers of lumber were on that ship, only one was seized with
the drug and the documents for it has been presented in the British courts as
evidence, those same documents are on record here in Guyana at several entities/agencies,
so what is the problem? This transaction leaves a paper trail 1 mile wide but
Gajraj cannot find it for over 14 days, so he is hiding something or is even
more incompetent than we think. My opinion is that he is covering up
incompetently; I know that he knows more then he is telling us, but we
want to know don't we ladies and gentlemen?
We were told that Scotland Yard, who
were chasing this particular gang of drug dealers for nearly two years will be
coming here to conduct further investigations, they have apparently not arrived
as yet, I wonder why? Suddenly they are not coming anymore! It gets stranger
and stranger doesn't it ladies and gentlemen? But when and if they do come,
are we going to yield our sovereignty to them again to conduct an independent
investigation and will they then simply return to the UK and leave the people
in this country in the dark as the FBI did?
Of one thing there can be no doubt
whoever this exporter of this coke-umber is, he is very high up the hierarchy
of the PPP to warrant a cover up of this magnitude.