By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Minister under the Desmond Hoyte administration, Dr Faith Harding has criticized the current leadership of Guyana’s main Opposition Party – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) during her interview on the radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ on 90.1 FM on Sunday [July 06].
The former People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) member had competed for the leadership of the Party a few years back. When asked if she is open to re – enter the PNCR at a different level, Dr Harding responded in the negative.
“Not as it is set up now, not the people in the leadership there. I can’t believe that born into that Party that Congress Place has absolutely no meaning to me. I don’t even remember it exists and that was a frightening thought. I helped to build that place. In the 1970s when I returned here, it was ‘WOW, the dream’ and the dream of LFS B [Burnham],” she said.
Dr Harding thanked God for giving her the courage to walk away from the Party.
“It’s not only [David] Granger; it’s the whole band of leadership. I got over it when I walked out of the last central executive meeting. I was wiped clean, thank you God.”
When asked if she would be opened to joining one of the existing parties, she said, “Not yet. I haven’t seen one that builds the fire in my belly.”
Dr Harding blatantly chastised the leadership style of APNU’s Leader David Granger, as she opined that the Party will not grow any further.
“I don’t see the APNU attracting anybody new. I don’t see them attracting any funds for anything, so whatever resources they have, they have to sell off because that Party is not attracting a new bundle of wealth, that Party is not attracting a bundle of energy. I am not seeing it.”
She further noted, “They don’t have a current day leadership style. He [Granger] is young in politics. He is young in thinking politically. He doesn’t have that within him. What we need is a new thinking, a new fire, a new energy.”
Harding served as Minister of state in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development as well as Minister of Public Service in the Desmond Hoyte administration.