[www.inewsguyana.com] – Housing and Water Minister Irfaan Ali has described Leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC) Khemraj Ramjattan as disgusting, lawless and accused him of abusing his power.
Ali’s comments follow initial utterances by Ramjattan when invited to a public discourse by the Minister after he raised several concerns regarding the distribution of lands along the East Bank of Demerara in an article published in the Kaieteur News on December 25, 2013, titled: ‘Eccles to Providence hijacked by private developers’.
Ali said after reading the article he sent an email, through his secretariat to the AFC Leader inviting him to have an exchange in the presence of the media but got a response stating “tell him to haul his ass.”
The Housing Minister during the same meeting at which Ramjattan was invited to on Friday (December 27) said moments before the commencement, a call was made to the AFC Leader by the his Secretary, reminding him of the earlier invite when he became loud and abusive to the Public Servant.
According to Ali, Ramjattan said “how can that chap demand me to come to his press conference, tell him to haul his ass.” The Minister expressed the view that Ramjattan is highly unethical.
Ali is demanding a public apology from Ramjattan for disrespecting the Public Servant. “This was an ordinary public servant doing her work and unless Ramjattan offers an apology for the disrespect it shows that he is just unethical… this is a man with presidential aspirations” Ali added.
In relation to the article, the Housing Minister disregarded it as a severe manipulation of the truth and earlier explanations given in relation to lands along the East Bank of Demerara.
“My Ministry fears nothing, our work is transparent… these arguments and contentions are simply baseless.”
Ali took his time dissecting the article and providing answers to all concerns raised and questions asked by the AFC Leader in a bid to correct the damage the ‘falsehood’ that was disseminated might have caused.
He also chided the daily, Kaieteur News for aiding in the distribution of information that was misrepresenting and manipulating, the truth of which the Minister believes should have been known to the Publication since it has been in the public domain for some time.
He took specific umbrage to the part of the article which alleged that 400 acres of land was given to a businessman close to the administration. “This is a nasty, nasty nasty lie” he lamented, adding that “it makes one wonder what is hoped to be achieved by this disgusting, rotten piece of journalism… all morals and ethics are obsolete in this case.”
He reiterates that the work of the Ministry is transparent, fair and in the best interest of all Guyanese. “The situation is extremely disgusting and a lost in confidence to Ramjattan in the way he responded to the invitation” Ali concluded.