Former President Donald Ramotar has accused the privately-owned Kaieteur News of descending into the publication of “wild fabrications” in a desperate effort to retain some “relevance” in the new PNC-led APNU/AFC dispensation.
The former President was at the time responding to a spate of articles in the Kaieteur News since the APNU/AFC Government took office, which laid numerous claims of corruption and other irregularities during his administration.
Ramotar had recently demanded that Minister of Finance Winston Jordan “bring evidence” to buttress his claims that the audits launched by his Government indicated state-owned entities violated the law “with impunity”. The former Guyanese head of state pointed out the fact that Jordan had asked the Auditor General’s office to recheck the audits, meant nothing substantial had been found up to now. In addition, he said the Finance Minister was putting pressure on the AG’s office to go along with his premature conclusions.
The Guyana Times (today’s edition) quoted Ramotar as saying Government officials like Minister Jordan might be reacting to the daily onslaught by Kaieteur News demanding convictions and jail for individuals whom the editor and proprietor of KN had fingered even before the elections.
“Take the case of NICIL…for years the Kaieteur News had been hounding its CEO Winston Brassington for alleged corrupt acts. But even after the audit by Goolsarran could provide no evidence of wrongdoing under the applicable laws, the Kaieteur News would not let up,” Ramotar said.
Asked whether the tragic subsequent action by SOCU to place Brassington’s home under surveillance might have also ensued from Kaieteur News’ obsession, the former President said: “We cannot rule that out. As one who occupied the highest office in the land, on many occasions some in the government became rattled by the Kaieteur News maniac attacks”.
Concerning the call in the latest edition of Kaieteur News for the government to “correct broadcast legislation”, the former President said: “This is typical of that newspaper, which appears not to understand how institutions work. It appears that the KN owner wanted a radio licence but believe it or not, as Bibi Shadick pointed out, he never applied for one. Just because the KN said it wanted something, it thinks government must jump through hoops to have it done.”
The Guyana Times report also quoted Ramotar as declaring: “That newspaper is fighting for some relevance. This goes back years. It is very sad that that newspaper has now resorted to wild fabrications, which have the potential to damage people who are working to develop our country.”