By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Some former Parliamentarians under A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) have been left out of the list of Parliamentarians submitted by the APNU+AFC coalition for the 11th Parliament, including James Bond and Christopher Jones.
Trevor Williams from the Alliance For Change (AFC) has also been excluded from the list. But Bond does not seem to be taking the ‘rejection’ too lightly. During an interview with iNews on Wednesday, June 03, he expressed his disappointment at the decision but emphasized that he respects the judgment of President David Granger.
According to Bond, he had hoped that there would have been more youths in the 11th Parliament, given the fact that the coalition campaigned on this very issue during the elections period.
He told iNews that he received a letter of appreciation from President Granger, thanking him “sincerely” for his service in the 10th Parliament. According to Bond, he was told that due to the fact that the APNU and AFC merged, the number of Parliamentarians had to be “trimmed” thus why he was not included in the list.
“I believe personally if the decision were mind to make, there would be more young people but I am not the President and I’ve said it on one or more occasions that I trust the vision of the President and I still trust his vision and judgment,” Bond said.
He also expressed doubt that he will play any role in the APNU+AFC government.
“There will come a time when it is truly young people’s time and thought the older generation will allow young Guyanese when that time comes to participate and function in the upper echelons of State,” Bond said in an earlier post on social media. He made it clear that his views are not borne out of jealousy, pettiness malice, ill will or insubordination.
Meanwhile, Bond has decided to implement a project of rebranding and rebuilding the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) of which he is a member.
Bond also intends to launch project ‘Tiger Bay’, which is aimed at enhancing the community and its people.
Christopher Jones was not immediately available for an interview with iNews about his take on the issue. The coalition identified 33 parliamentarians to sit in the 65-seat National Assembly, which is inclusive of 15 senior ministers and 12 junior ministers.
Some new faces include Dr. Nicolette Henry, Charandass Persaud, Simona Broomes, Noel Holder, Winston Jordan, Dominic Gaskin, Jermaine Figuiera, Michael Carrngton, Audwin Rutherford and John Adams.
The others are: Moses Nagamootoo, Joseph Harmon, Raphael Trotman, Basil Williams, Khemraj Ramjattan, Cathy Hughes, Dr. George Norton,Dr. Karen Cummings, Volda Lawrence, Amna Ally, Ronald Bulkan, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, Valerie Garrido Lowe, Keith Scott, Jaipaul Sharma, Annette Ferguson, Carl Greenidge, Winston Felix, David Patterson, Dawn Hastings, Sydney Allicock, Richard Allen and Jennifer Wade.