By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says the recent pronouncement by Opposition Leader David Granger following the revocation of the work permit of a United States government employee, shows his unfamiliarity with Foreign Policy.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday morning (May 06), PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said the Opposition Leader’s utterance also exposes his inadequacies as a leader.
Granger is of the view that the Donald Ramotar administration will have to pay a price for revoking the work permit of a United States government employee.
The Guyana government revoked the work permit it issued to Glenn Bradbury, who was tasked with implementing the contentious USAID funded Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) Project by the United States government.
The PPP is standing firm behind the government in its decision and believes its rejection of the project is in current form is commendable.
“Granger’s pronouncement renders him a stranger to foreign policy… his criticisms poses a danger and shows disrespect to Guyana’s right to defend its national interest and make independent decision,” Rohee said.
Rohee said he could not understand why the action by the government was being criticized by both opposition parliamentary parties as if it is a crime.
The PPP GS posited that in fact the criticisms show the Opposition’s inability to evaluate the situation from a broader, objective and national perspective.
“Other countries have stood up to its right to sovereignty… the APNU stance is coward and weak… out of sync.”
Rohee further explained previous reasons given by the government for revocation of the work permit which was said to have resulted from the “immigration laws of Guyana being offended by Mr. Bradbury and his actions in Guyana.”
Rohee told the news conference that Bradbury was visiting agencies, without the permission of its Heads and engaging employees which he said were counterproductive and an abuse to long established protocols. He said among those organizations was the PPP, the University of Guyana and several Committees of Parliament.
“We were talking long but we have been ignored and now the chickens have come home to roost and the blame I snow on the government,” he added.
He said the letter sent to Bradbury was with immediate effect and the administration is now looking to see what will happen in response to a question whether the administration was prepared to arrest and deport Bradbury if the need arises.
“The ball is in Bradbury Court,” He said. Rohee could not say whether the project has been halted.