By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Junior Finance Minister Bishop Juan Edghill has again denied reports that he is in effect an outlaw, having changed his name to avoid prosecution for the murder of a man.
Reports that first surfaced in 2011 about Edghill’s alleged name change and illegal conduct resurfaced again today Wednesday, April 22 in the Kaieteur News’ daily column, ‘Dem Boys Seh.’
But Edghill at a press conference at the Ministry of Finance said that the column was slanderous and untruth. The Junior Finance Minister denied that he ever had a name change pointing out that like many Guyanese he was born to a common law family and hence was given his mother’s maiden name.
“For the record I present to the nation of Guyana my birth certificate, my original birth certificate,” Edghill said while holding up a copy of his birth certificate at the press conference.
Edghill pointed out that for the entirety of his life, he has lived in accordance with his Christian beliefs and principles.
“I find it to be offensive, derogatory, malicious, vindictive and it is designed to distort, to defame and ridicule me because of my political affiliation and association,” Edghill lamented.
He told media operatives that he is especially concerned since his name is being slandered and a good name, once lost, is especially hard to regain. He called on the Kaieteur News to retract the column.
“This lie must be debunked, it must not be allowed to continue to be peddled because my belief is a thief who steals your purse steals nothing, but a good name is to be chosen rather than riches,” said Eghill.