By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The political opposition along with what General Secretary of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee has dubbed ‘opposition media’ have been accused of using a recent statement, purported to have been made by President Donald Ramotar, to sow “discord, division and mischief” among Guyanese Amerindians.
Rohee said it comes as no surprise to the Party that the opposition and media houses so aligned have played up and in some cases over played their anti Ramotar and anti PPP sentiments in this regard.
Reports surfaced a week ago along with a recording where a voice allegedly that of the President could be heard telling a resident from the Amerindian community of Aishalton that “you don’t know anything about Jagdeo; if he been here, he might have slap you, cause you stupid.”
While the President has not fully accepted the recording to be that of him he has not denied it either.
Rohee said the PPP is not offended that the opposition has chosen to make an issue out of the statement but submitted that his Party had a right too to defend its President. “It’s all in the realm of politics.”
The PPP GS said he is not aware of any fallout between Amerindians and the PPP over the reported statements. He believes the opposition has pounced on the issue to use it to embarrass the President and government.
“I am not admitting it did happen… it looks like a setup and the opposition is seeking to get political mileage but we have a track record,” Rohee said; adding that “this is not about words… our position is about tangible realistic programs and policies that the Amerindians have benefited from.”
He went on to add “the Amerindian people are very aware of the PPP’s commitment and dedication to their well being and interest… we shouldn’t underestimate the intelligence of the Amerindian people.”
Rohee said too that in all areas of Amerindian life, Guyanese can bear witness to the actions and results of the PPP/C developmental programmes for Amerindian brothers and sisters in education, health and village development.
He told reporters that the PPP would not be surprised if the Aishalton incident turns out to be a set up by a certain Parliamentary Political Party.