By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr Richard Van West Charles says that he will not allow himself to be engaged in “stupidity” with People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary, Clement Rohee.
Rohee, at a press conference on November 30, said that Dr Van West Charles “is a Party hack associated with the disreputable and discredited PNC. Van West Charles lacks the qualifications and experience to address GWI’s distribution and porous water system due to leakage and theft; two deficiencies not dissimilar to GPL’s.”
Contacted by iNews on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 for a response, the CEO appeared unfazed by Rohee’s comments and began to reel out his qualifications for the post he now holds.
“My qualifications are known by everyone and sundry. I have undergraduate and post graduate qualifications. I have experience in the area of public health – water and sanitation,” said Dr Van West Charles.
The GWI CEO further noted that he will not be venturing into the pit with the politician.
“If Mr Rohee wants to continue this battle, I am not going to get into the pit with Mr Rohee. I have to do the people’s business and that is what I will continue to do. I am not going to engage myself with stupidity and ignorance. So Mr Rohee can continue to do what he wants,” Dr Van West Charles told iNews.
The PPP General Secretary had also accused the CEO of paying attention to areas in a “discriminatory” manner, but Dr Van West Charles says this is not the case.
“I don’t know if they are irritated that we are gaining in that we are doing. I have to address the needs of all the citizens of Guyana whether you belong to any political persuasion – my business is that you are a citizen of Guyana and my business is to ensure you have access to water.”
Dr Van West-Charles, a Former Health Minister, was announced as the new CEO for GWI on October 5, replacing former PPP Minister Shaik Baksh.