By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – If the new APNU+AFC government were to recruit former Ministers from the previous administration, it would be Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues – Birkett and Former Minister of Labour, Dr Nanda Gopaul.
This is according to Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman, who during his appearance on the radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ aired on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday, May 31, expressed his admiration for the two.
“I’ve always admired the style of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs; I thought she had panache, she had grace. I thought she had really done well to reposition our image. I admired her. That’s one Minister who I thought made a difference,” Trotman said.
He further noted that he also admired Dr Gopaul, given the fact that he came from a “labour background.”
“I used to admire some others but they made some statements during the campaign that leaves a bitter taste in my mouth,” the Minister said.
He however noted that he is willing to work with the others if it comes down to a matter of policy.
“From the President right through to the last Minister, if they are willing I would be prepared to hold out a hand and work with them because no one has been so obnoxious that I would refuse to work with them at all; I mean some of them I would avoid for obvious reasons, but I would not, as a matter of policy, refuse to work with them.”
Since assuming office, the APNU+AFC newly appointed ministers have been meeting with former ministers to ensure a smooth transition and according to Trotman there has been a large degree of cooperation; however he does not believe that President David Granger should issue a written invitation to any of the former ministers at this stage.
“Discussions are ongoing and depending on how those evolve, I can see the President, considering whether or not he should make a formal request and if so to what extent…I wouldn’t advise that there be a formal letter now because it could likely be rebuffed and that could be both embarrassing and it could also damage our relations irreparably,” the Governance Minister said.