By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), David Granger says he acted within the constitution of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) in suspending his Parliamentarian, Vanessa Kissoon from the Party.
Kissoon is claiming that General Secretary, Oscar Clarke assaulted her on June 20, 2014 at the PNCR’s Congress Place Headquarters, Sophia when he asked her for the key to the Party’s Region 10 Office.
Kissoon is upset with the Party’s leader for suspending her without the matter being investigated. When questioned about this today [Friday, July 11] at the APNU’s weekly press conference, Granger maintained that he acted within the Party’s constitution in suspending Kissoon.
“I know what my powers are and I have always behaved in accordance with the constitution,” Granger told reporters.
He further explained that his decision was ratified by the Central Executive Committee of the Party. He also clarified that Kissoon’s status as a Parliamentarian is not in jeopardy.
Contrary to reports, Granger noted that the issue has not divided the Party. As a matter of fact, the issue has strengthened the APNU, Granger said.
“It assures that Party disciplined will be maintained.” He noted that there are more persons interested in a united Party, than those who do not.
Granger is of the view that the internal battle between Kissoon and Clarke should be settled at the Party level and not in the media. As such, he said it is “imprudent” of Kissoon to distribute correspondence between herself and the leader to the media.