“Jagdeo must not choose our negotiators” – Nagamootoo

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Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo
Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is not giving up on the possibility of National Unity talks with the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) just yet.

This is despite an open rejection to dialogue by the PPP which stated bluntly that it will not be engaging in any talks with Nagamootoo. In a recent press statement, the Party had stated “if such a move is part and parcel of the so-called “fresh approach” by the APNU+AFC then it is clearly a non-starter and will end up dead in the water.”

“Knowing the dim view the PPP holds of Moses Nagamootoo, the APNU+AFC by insisting that he is their ‘best man’ who will head its team must know that that initiative will go nowhere. Thus, by pushing Nagamootoo center-stage it is now pellucidly clear that the Coalition objective is not to have any talks at all but to put the PPP/C on the defensive and to project the Party as refusing to engage in talks with the government. The entire affair therefore smacks of a political gimmick,” PPP contends.

But Nagamootoo, in a Facebook post responded, asserting the coalition’s dominance over the PPP.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews' Photo]
Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews’ Photo]
“Jagdeo cannot be the loser and chooser at the same time. This is OUR initiative and Jagdeo must not choose our negotiators. Jagdeo is trying to sow his mischief among the Coalition partners, but he lacks the imagination for this. He is just trying what Guyanese would call “a thing”…throwing a petard of mischief into our calm political pond.

“If the Coalition had named President Granger to lead its team, Jagdeo would have reacted the way he wickedly alleged during the elections campaign that Granger had blood on his hands,” said the Prime Minister.

He made it clear that efforts by the coalition to engage the PPP are sincere.

“I have fought for racial and national unity throughout my political life that now spans 53 years. In the National interest, my coalition team and I are ready to engage the PPP and are not side-tracked by the initial RESPONSE. Those for unity must now take a stand! We are ready to embrace them,” the PM stated.

Ralph Ramkarran
Ralph Ramkarran

Meanwhile, Former Speaker of the National Assembly Ralph Ramkarran has stated that PPP’s refusal to sit down with Nagamootoo should not be an obstacle. He said there are creative ways around these matters.

“Talks leading to a national unity government should be seen as a process, not an event. If the coalition wants to maintain focus on the larger picture, it will work through the sensitivities of the PPP. It will be prepared for the long haul and endure the painful negotiations but with purposeful commitment, serious compromises, the use of skilled interlocutors who are available within its own ranks and above all, persistence and patience,” said Ramkarran.

He contends that it is necessary to launch a public campaign in support of talks for national unity.

 

21 COMMENTS

  1. you know what amaze me about you , is the fact that you go to church on sunday and worship, and on monday you out pointing fingers and calling people crooks, now there is an old saying if you live in a glass house dont throw stones….. am sure you know that one, however you forgot that you have an individual name CARL GREENIDGE , who is by far the biggest crook alive today not to mention the entire PNC CLIQUE that makes up % or more of the APNU faction who are know hooligans and crroks from LFS days and the all sit quietly in the national assembly and carry on their business.

  2. If Granger was not in Office he want to do the same.we need a New Party it should
    be the Amerindian People’s Party no more divide and rule that’s the way for the Rich
    to control things.

  3. You people talk as if you really believe that Jagdeo and the PPP leadership are interested an any form of national unity. 23 years and not one move was made in that direction.
    With national unity the PPP and it’s racist politics will become obsolete so why would they be interested in that?

  4. The PM and Jagdeo are perceived as divisive characters in Guyanese society. Both are each other’s kryptonite for which the antidote is to remove one from the process. Failing which, this will agreeably be a long, painful and vexing exercise. Do Guyanese need this torture? We are growing weary of the gimmicks! By its record so far, the coalition should have no trouble replacing the PM for these talks.

  5. Jagdeo’s childish tantrums should not derail the government for pressing ahead with decisions to conduct open dialog with the opposition party. The PPP/C parliamentarians are showing their lack of maturity and a suborn unwillingness to put country first before selfish ambition.

  6. IF NAGGA LEADS THE UNITY TALKS , HE WOULD WANT TO BE PRESIDENT OVER DR. JAGDEO AND MR. GRANGER. EVEN IF HE JUST GETS THE NAME AND NOT THE JOB . WE ALL KNOW HOW AMBITIOUS HE IS. THE GUY IS NOT EVEN PRIME MINISTERIAL MATERIAL. ALL HE CAN DO IS SPOUT A LOT OF FLUFF. ANYTHING THAT NAGGA PUTS HIS HANDS ON WILL FAIL, SO IT’S JUST A WASTE OF TIME TO HOLD TALKS WITH NAGGA AS LEADER. REMEMBER THE CUMMINGSBURG ACCORD?

  7. The ballots will not be recounted and the ppp thieves and crooks and their supporters had better get use to the fact that a much needed change has come. They are out and I for one hope and pray that they will never be in charge of Guyana again. Jagdeo is as usual displaying his dictatorial bull crap. He should be thankful his crooked ass is not in jail however that day may yet come.He is not and has never been interested in unity. For the life of me I cant see why the legitimate government would even want to hold these talks with the ppp. They never would have initiated such. Thieves are not interested in such honorable exercises. Forget them and carry on with the business of running the country for the benifit of all Guyanese. Jail them not talk to them These criminals belong on Camp and Durban streets.

  8. Nagamotoo have no dignity to represent anyone, he cannot represent himself how could he represent the Govt, he may something at the meetings and then report another thing, he is a total disgrace, cannot keep up to his own promises.

  9. Mr. Jagdeo, is it not time that you at least PRETEND to be a statesman? You have been a past president for twelve years. Now, you are leader of the PPP. The government is desirous of entering into talks with the PPP about national unity. As the leader, you have committed NOT to have any talks because the GREAT Moses Nagamottoo will head those talks. Ignore the messenger, sir and listen to the message. GROW UP!

  10. Totally agreed bobby. Until there is a recount with the ballots of the last election talks aren’t going to be fruitful. If this government is 100% certain they won the May 11th election then why appose this recount request.

    Naga is not the person to lead these unity talks. It’s not going to take off. Granger needs to head this discussion with the Oppossition.

    Naga has too much baggage with the PPP/C hence if Granger is serious about unity talks he would lead these discussions.

  11. Maybe the end game is not to have a Unity Government, which suits me fine. I SAY NO TO DICTATORSHIP, WHICH IS WHAT UNITY GOVERNMENT WILL DEVOLVE INTO.

  12. The government could not be serious about any fruitful engagement and sucess in national unity by having Nagamootoo lead the negotiations with the PPP, a well established bitter, vindictive and conniving individual…. Nagamootoo left the PPP vexed over not being nominated a Presidential Candidate so he has essential left with sour taste in his mouth and therefore cannot be leading any successful negotiations.

  13. FOR THERE TO BE A GOVT OF NATIONAL UNITY THERE MUST BE HONESTY FROM ALL THE PARTIES. . FOR HONESTY TO BE DEMONSTRATED, THERE MUST BE A RECOUNT OF THE BALLOTS OF THE LAST ELECTIONS. THE NEXT STEP SHOULD BE THAT EACH PARTY TAKE ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE IN GOVT OR IN OPPOSITION. AFTER KNOWING FOR SURE WHO IS LOSER AND WHO IS WINNER THE NEGOTIATIONS CAN BEGIN IN EARNEST. HAVING SAID THIS , I’D LIKE TO STATE THAT THE COALITION IS AFRAID OF A RECOUNT LIKE 100 YEARS IN THE MAZARUNI PRISON. EVERYONE KNOWS WHY.

  14. Nagamootoo’s angry, confrontational response shows the PPP is right to reject him, the same way they rejected him before as the PPP presidential candidate. Dr Jagdeo is right. If the govt is serious, it would not let Naga lead the talks, knowing the history of Naga and tne PPP, and his personal hatred for Dr Jagdeo. Naga is an obstacle to any meaningful discussion.

    Granger should lead the govt delegation.

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