The President of a country should be
someone who is above reproach, he should lead an exemplary life style setting
an example to the rest of his nation, there is no such thing as the private
life of a President, his entire existence by virtue of his office is of public
concern and if he had any regard for his people whatsoever, he would force
himself during the period that he is the President to behave in a manner which
is above reproach and in keeping with the high office he holds as our national
I am not going to go into what the
public perception of Bharat Jagdeo's private life is, tonight, let it suffice that
I say that as a Guyanese of some moral conviction, I feel that he is far too
unaware of what his image is like, and is doing nothing to repair it, but I
suppose that comes from the contempt he holds for those who have voted him into
office and even the rest of us who did not, since, notwithstanding that he was
voted in by a certain section of the population he became the President of all
of us Guyanese and he took an oath of office to treat us all equally and to carry
out the functions which was entrusted to him without fear or favour, and most
of us are overlooking and making excuses for things that we see and hear about
his private life which we should not be allowing, but that is for your
conscience ladies and Gentlemen, you have to decide. I have no intention of
passing judgement on him on my own.
What I do know is that a President
should not stand up in any public place in front of the media and distort the
truth for crass political mileage.
On November 14th 2005 this
President stood in the town of New Amsterdam at the opening of a new hotel
called Little Rock Suites which it is alleged cost 280 million dollars to build
and which is owned by Rockliff Christie the owner of Little Rock Hotel, and
Little Rock TV New Amsterdam a hotel he was accused of building with monies
which were obtained by unconventional means from the people of Guyana as
superintendent of works in Berbice in the late 1970's, and the Desmond Hoyte
Government had in fact initiated legal proceedings against Christie and put a
lien on his Little Rock Hotel pending the outcome of the trial.
Christie has become very partisan in his
political activities of late, refusing to play any political programme except
PPP propaganda even if other opposition political forces offer to pay him for
such programmes showing clearly that he does not deserve to hold a broadcast
license, since he does not understand his role to serve the public's interest,
necessity and convenience, I know this because it was reported to me that he has
refused to play programmes for both the PNC and the Alliance for Change even if
they paid him. You know ladies and gentlemen it is really obscene that there
are certain Television stations in this country which for whatever reason are
virtually under the control of the government mostly they gain financially by,
it and it is wrong.
I am going to deal with this in more
depth later, for the time being suffice it to say that this President went
there to New Amsterdam drooling for the one million US dollar investment it represents,
since in terms of investment this year can only be described as a hard Guava season,
and in the process his illiterate staff did not advise him that the new Little
Rock Suites is owned by a person of dubious character that the structure intrudes
illegally into Church Street, one of the main streets in New Amsterdam, which breaks
all of the building codes of the town, it totally escaped Jagdeo that the fence
for this new Hotel is built over an interlot drain that can cause flooding if
the town receives any significant rainfall, it totally escapes him that the
hotel is built too close to its fences probably breaking the town council's
regulations concerning adjoining buildings. By agreeing to go there to open
these facilities he has given his blessing to the numerous building code
violations this building represents. As if that were not enough Mr. Jagdeo says
this. [play video]
Mr. Jagdeo is therefore claiming credit
for the following six financial actions which facilitates investment in Guyana today;
- The Exchange Control Act
- The Capital Issues Act;
- A New Banking Act;
- A New Companies Act;
- A Modern Insurance Act
- New Securities Legislation;
notwithstanding everything else I say, I cannot go around calling the President
a liar and I am not given to using terms like "being economical with the truth"
so I will say what I have to say this way;
completely escaped Mr. Jagdeo's attention that #1 the Exchange Control Act was initiated
by Hoyte with the Dealers in Foreign Currency Act 1989' establishing the Cambios.
completely escaped his attention that #2 the Capital Issues Act' was a Hoyte
initiative Act # 29 of 1991
escaped his attention that #3 does not exist there was no new Banking Act. In
fact the Banking Act was repealed, not introduced by the Financial Institutions
Act 1995 by former Minister of Finance Asgar Ally.
escaped his attention that #4 the New Companies Act was a Hoyte initiative Act
no 29 of 1991.
escaped his attention that #5 the new Securities Legislation # 20 of 1998 was
prompted by requirements of the International Financial Institutions when Mrs.
Jagan was President.
escaped his attention that #6 the Securities Industry Act #21 of 1998 also at
the request of the International Financial Institutions when Mrs Jagan was President.
As far as the
mutualisation of the powers of the Chief justice is concerned, the leader of
the opposition would have to agree to these appointments for them to become
legal, I expect that now that Mr. Corbin in Back he will announce that he has
no intention of assenting to the confirmation of either the Chancellor or the
Chief Justice if this bill is passed in parliament turning the Chief Justice's
position into just a notch above the other Pusine judges.
I would also
like to advise Dr. Luncheon that no other Caribbean territory I know of has a Chancellor
since they have the right to appeal to the Privy Council in Britain, which we
did away with it in our 1980 constitution, so his pathetic attempt at an
explanation that we need modern legislation to come in line with other
Caribbean territories in view of the imminent introduction of the Caribbean
Court of Justice, is complete nonsense and I for one reject it entirely.