By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Cheddi Jagan’s nephew believes that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic has stayed true to the values and principles of its founder; though several political commentators and Jagan’s own son have opined otherwise.
Clive Jagan – a practicing dentist made the point while responding to questions posed by media operatives at a PPP Press conference on Wednesday April 15 at Freedom House.
Jagan who has appeared on the PPP/C Lists of Candidates variably over the years said that he still sees “the PPP as the party that will take us forward…the only party that has democracy at heart.”
When asked about the recent flaying criticisms that the Party was strayed from Jagan’s core values, Clive Jagan responded “I really don’t agree with that. I have seen development. Presumptions are made that they are moving away but there is no valid proof that the party has indeed moved away. They still stand for the same policies, they still stand for progress, they still stand for democracy…they still stand for freedom of the press and everything else is still going on.”
He was further questioned about the Party’s failure to have an inclusionary government since taking office in 1992 to which Jagan responded that the Opposition was at fault for that since they have been hostile towards to government.
“When the old man came into power in 92 he wanted inclusionary governance…some trust was needed to be established before they could move forward. But the opposition over this period has not really shown any (inclination towards this)..they have always been antagonistic,” said Jagan.
With respect to the lifestyle difference between the Party officials then and now, Jagan opined “he (Cheddi Jagan) was a very simple man…he had sheep in the yard to mow the lawn. Time has changed from then to now…people have achieved more.”