By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) is calling on the political Opposition to ensure that Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall resign from office by “exploring and enacting Parliamentary measures”.
Vice President of the Union, Norris Witter told a news conference on Friday, October 31 that the GTUC believes that if the President would not fire the AG, then it is left up to the Opposition to ensure that Nandlall resigns.
“The GTUC believes if the AG does not resign, or the President demands his resignation, then the opposition must take action to restore dignity and pride in this respectable office…the protection of the life and safety of every individual is a responsibility of the state and when the state turns on its people, the people have a responsibility to fight back by holding the operatives accountable, in form and indeed.”
This is in light of a conversation that went viral between the AG and a senior reporter at the Kaieteur News Leonard Gildarie, where the AG allegedly made ‘violent threats’ against the Publisher of the newspaper, Glen Lall and his staff. Lall has since handed over the recording to the police and an investigation is underway.
The AG has since admitted to the almost 20 minutes long conversation and Government said it stands in solidarity with Nandlall since the conversation was illegally recorded, refusing to deal with the content of the recording.
In his prepared statement, he condemned the content of the recorded conversation while noting that Government has displayed blatant double standards and “downright wickedness” in dealing with the matter.
“The question before us is not whether the conversation was illegally taped as the government seems pre-occupied with. This is a faked concern and diversionary tactic coming from a government who used similar act, as conducted by Roger Khan on their behalf, to condemn and call on former Commissioner of Police, Winston Felix to resign because of the content of a taped conversation with him.”
As it relates to the issue of press freedom, the GTUC said the Government has been trying for years to “silence the independent press.”