[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Anna Catherina Islamic Complex (ACIC) is refuting reports by the APNU+AFC coalition that it has been blessed with their endorsement.
The ACIC in a statement issued on Friday, April 24 made it clear that it has not endorsed any political party contesting the May 11 general and regional elections.
This is in total contrast to a press release issued by the APNU+AFC coalition on Thursday, April 23 which stated that the ACIC met with leaders of the coalition and gave their endorsement.
“During the meeting, the Muslim leaders signaled their endorsement of the APNU+AFC coalition. The Islamic leaders stated that it was time to put an end to the moral decay of society and for the development of Guyana to have a human face.
“In endorsing the APNU+AFC, the Muslim leaders noted that Guyana needed a fresh start, and that people were placing great expectation in the APNU+AFC. Some of the issues raised included rampant crime, corruption, governance and the moral decay of the society,” the APNU+AFC press release had stated.”
However, the ACIC now claims that the coalition misinterpreted the meeting.
“It is unfortunate to note that a meeting with APNU+AFC & Leaders of ACIC and the wider Muslim community, has been interpreted and a release circulated locally and internationally, as the ACIC’s endorsement for APNU+AFC,” the statement, which was signed by President General of the ACIC Hakeem Khan, noted.
It further stated that the ACIC is Guyana’s leading Islamic Center and a center of spirituality, education, peace, universal goodwill and harmony and it is not a political institution “and hence, will work and support the elected government of Guyana, irrespective from which party or parties form the government and we will respect the honorable members of the opposition of the day. It has always enjoyed the blessings and support of the Government, and indeed, that of the Opposition, and all other religious, civic and non-governmental groups of the nation.”
According to ACIC, its local and international partners, many of whom fund their projects are dismayed at the supposition of an endorsement of a political party.
“Visiting the Opposition H/Q was an act of courtesy to communicate and seek the policies of the political party, and was never meant to give political endorsement to the party. This we are certain was recognized but we are uncertain as to how the miscommunication was issued.”
The Islamic body said it had a similar meeting with Prime Ministerial Candidate of the PPP/C, Elisabeth Harper last week.