By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Agriculture Minister, Dr Leslie Ramsammy says his record as a public servant can stand the test of scrutiny should it ever come under the spotlight.
Ramsammy made the remarks in the context that Prime Ministerial Candidate of A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition, Moses Nagamootoo would be unable to have his record scrutinized.
“My character is impeccable” said Dr Ramsammy when asked whether he would be able to defend his record at a press conference held at Freedom House on Thursday, April 02.
This comes despite Dr Ramsammy being embroiled in a bitter scandal with convicted drug trafficker, Roger Khan.
While Dr Ramsammy was Minister of Health, a letter had surfaced with the ministry’s letter head and affixed with his signature that gave Khan the necessary permission from the government to purchase mobile interception devices that allowed Khan to wiretap phones.
Khan is suspected to have committed over 200 murders in Guyana before being arrested by US Federal Officials. When reminded of this incident, Dr Ramsammy said he had already refuted the allegations and would have nothing further to say about it.
“My hands are clean,” Dr Ramsammy maintained. He is challenging that Nagamootoo defend his record in public office pointing out several instances where it is being alleged that Nagamootoo misled the public.
According to the Minister, during Nagamootoo’s stint as a PPP/C Minister of Information, did accept a raise of pay and travelled business class on several occasions.
Dr Ramsammy also criticised Nagamootoo for stating that he was not an Indian national but rather a Guyanese.
Dr Ramsammy pointed out that Nagamootoo would have been the recipient of an international award in 2008 from the Global Organisation of the People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and presented with a community award which is generally given to “People of Indian Origin” recognised for their work among the Diaspora.