[www.inewsguyana.com] – Social Cohesion Minister, Amna Ally is scolding the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee for what she described as “irresponsible” statements regarding the ethnicity of persons hired by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
This is after GECOM itself would have lashed out at Rohee, who had said that GECOM should disclose the ethnicity of persons being hired and ensure that there is some sort of ethnic balance amongst those that were hired.
Ally in a statement to the media noted that she firmly rejects Rohee’s utterances which she labelled as “irresponsible and divisive.”
“It is a sad commentary that the PPP has chosen to once again divide this nation on the basis of ethnicity. The sooner politicians realise that we are all Guyanese and resist attempts to divide Guyana along ethnic lines, the sooner Guyana will be taken to a higher level in fostering social cohesion,” said Ally.
She stated that the labour laws of Guyana are clear and there must be no discrimination in hiring based on race, gender or religious belief.
“We are confident that GECOM has followed and continue to follow the law of the land. It is therefore ridiculous for Mr. Rohee to trump-up this question of ethnicity which has the potential of further dividing us as a nation,” she stated.
“We believe that employment opportunities must be given to those who satisfy the requirements for the positions for which they apply. We want opportunities for all Guyanese. We expect that those who are qualified for positions are going to be the earners of opportunities.”
Ally is calling on the PPP and its General Secretary to discontinue their efforts to divide the Guyanese community with the ploy of ethnic discrimination.
“We want our Guyanese brothers and sisters to see ourselves as one, working together to build One Nation, and a better life for all. I call on you (Mr. Rohee), not to instigate racial prejudice, but instead let us work together to make Guyana a better place.”