[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran has weighed in on the dismissal of Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Power & Light (GPL),Bharrat Dindyal, saying it was due to some amount of political interference.
On August 14, the APNU+AFC administration moved to dismiss Dindyal stating that his contract with the state-owned company had come to an end on December 31, 2014 and that it was not renewed.
“Mr. Dindyal continued to serve as GPL CEO based on what was described as “an understanding” between himself and the previous subject minister, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds. No written documentation has been provided with regard to this “understanding,” a government release had noted.
According to the government, based on information provided, this “understanding” was apparently for a six month period which commenced on January 1, 2015 and concluded on June 30, 2015.
But Ramkarran in his weekly blog believes that Dindyal was the first real victim of political interference under the APNU+AFC administration and warned that he won’t be the last.
“He has stood up and resisted in times past in different circumstances – this political culture in much of the Third World that infects our political system as well, embraces the type of gross political interference and insubordination which Dindyal perceived and which he protested. Political interference crushes all those in its path who attempt to resist. There were many from recent PPP governments. Dindyal is the first known victim since the elections and will not be the last unless the Government breaks with this culture,” said the Former Speaker.
The insubordination, according to Ramkarran, was displayed towards the former CEO by his Deputy, Colin Welch. In the last week a video surfaced on social media which depicted Welch and Dindyal in a nasty exchange involving the use of expletives.
“Dindyal resisted gross and continued insubordination from his deputy, which was supported by the Minister. Dindyal’s display of rage is not what did him in. His dismissal was prompted by his resistance to the insubordination and the exposure of the political involvement,” said Ramkarran.
He also pointed out that Dindyal is one of the best and most dedicated managers in the State system and his dismissal will not sit well with those who are “ethnically sensitive.”
“The manner of the dismissal of Bharat Dindyal, the CEO of the GPL, one of the best and most dedicated managers in the State system, will send shivers down the spines of the ethnically sensitive. In justifying his dismissal, a not too subtle attempt was made to portray his continued employment without a written contract, even though he was continuing on the job only until a replacement could be found, as some sort of sinister plot,” Ramkarran noted.
Government is still to find a replacement for the former CEO.