By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy has decried the recent firing of the Guyana Sugar Company (GuySuCo) Chief Executive Officer, Dr Rajendra Singh by the APNU+AFC government.
Dr Raj Singh was asked by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder to resign with immediate effect on Wednesday June 03, following a directive issued at a recent a cabinet meeting.
The CEO’s dismissal was accompanied with the Board of Directors of the state company being asked to step down from their posts. Days before he was fired, the CEO had informed the Unions that GuySuCo could not afford to pay the employees and that the sugar industry will have to close its doors.
But Ramsammy does not believe that Dr Singh’s dismissal was fair contending that the APNU+AFC should have awaited the results of the Commission of Inquiry into the sugar industry before making such a decision.
“I thought that the new government had said there would be an audit, I would have thought they would have waited for the results of the audit before they act,” said Ramsammy adding “I think that the hasty removal of the CEO is unfair.”
The Former Agriculture Minister opined that since Dr Singh took up the mantle as CEO, the Sugar Company has seen improvement with respect to reaching targets. However, it should be noted that the recent production targets for GuySuCo have constantly been revised downwards and the company failed to reach its last target.
“We have had higher production since he took over…it’s not that the problems have disappeared…at least we have stabilized the situation,” said the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Member.
Further, in a blog post, Dr Ramsammy states that the recent dismissals are a clear cut case of witch hunting, something which the APNU+AFC government had promised they would not undertake.
“None of us should condone the present wanton dismissals that are happening while at the same time insisting that there is no political with hunting. There is a vicious political witch hunting and it must stop. Those of us who would want to defend the present situation should know that this is not what real democracy is about. Any political Party deserving of serving as a government cannot be a political party that would dismiss people simply because they are known to or suspected of being supporters of another political party,” said Dr Ramsammy.