By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Alliance For Change (AFC) Region Six Councillor Haseef Yusuf has come out in full denunciation of recent statements by the Party Leader Khemraj Ramjattan deeming him to be a rogue AFC Councillor.
In a written response to the article carried by iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) Yusuf stated “the first impression that came to my mind upon reading the article was ‘Look who’s talking!’ Does this man have a moral standing to condemn anyone who has taken such a position?”
Yusuf further questioned “how can he not recall that when he was kicked out of the PPP, he clung to the MP position for dear life! He cannot afford to lose the status, the money and the duty free perks! If I am a ‘rogue’ then I do submit Khemraj Ramjattan, Leader of the Alliance For Change, Attorney –at-Law and Honourable Member of Parliament is a bigger rogue that I am!”
The AFC councillor also claimed that the Honourable Speaker of the House, Raphael Trotman, who is an AFC Executive falls into the same category of being rogue.
“I have never ceased to wonder at the tenacity of the leaders of the AFC to fabricate and peddle lies to the public with the hope of getting through to a few of them. They are of the opinion if you peddle a lie long enough then not only will people believe those lies but you yourself will make those lies indelible in your psyche.”
Ramjattan had distanced the Party from Yusuf after he moved a motion at the Council meeting calling on the parliamentary opposition to support the passage of the Anti – Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill, despite the AFC saying it will only support the passage of the Bill once the Public Procurement Commission is established.
In this regard, Yusuf noted “I made it clear that I moved that motion in support of the Bill simply because I put my country first. This Bill is too vital to play politics with. But many persons cannot afford to think and act independently. I have done that. Is that a crime if I can show my blinded leaders the way forward?”
Yusuf said he was never officially expelled from the AFC adding that he has paid his subscriptions up to 2012.
Yusuf further pinpointed what he identified as unaccountability and corruption existing within the AFC.
“Many top AFC members have since resigned because of this mismanagement and fraudulent misappropriation of Party funds. These people want the Procurement Commission in order to stop corruption but is unwilling to establish accountability within their own political organisation.”
Yusuf stated that the AFC’s Constitution has provisions for the appointment of an auditor and audited statements, adding that this have never been complied with.
He claimed that at the Conference in 2012 inaccurate and unaudited statements were foisted at the members, deeming the AFC’s call for the Procurement Commission as hypocrisy and shamelessness.
“Ramjattan should start vigorously disposing of the garbage in the AFC but I guess that means disposing of himself with those garbage as well” Yusuf concluded.