[www.inewsguyana.com] – The ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says it has noted another brazen attempt by the daily newspaper, Stabroek News to tarnish the character and successes of the Bharrat Jagdeo Administration.
‘The opposition-aligned newspaper’ as the PPP described it, published in its Sunday, March 17 publication an Editorial captioned, ‘Pass This Bill’, which according to the PPP sought to poison the minds of its readers with smut and street talk about the former President.
The ‘opposition-motivated’ editorial said among other things that: “History will undoubtedly record the period of the Jagdeo governance from 2003 to 2011 as one of the darkest and replete with the most egregious crimes…”
The PPP has dismissed such statements and pronouncements by the newspaper, ‘which continues to flaunt it’s so called independence’ as highly inaccurate, mischievous and a far cry from the truth.
“The Stabroek News has once again embarked on an exercise of misinformation and a distortion of history not to mention its efforts at besmirching the Jagdeo/PPP Administration… if the Stabroek News wants to write about history recording the darkest and most egregious crimes, then it must refer to the assassination of Walter Rodney in 1980, the killing of two innocent Guyanese at # 63 Village during the 1973 elections and the range of terror that was unleased in Guyana by the Burnham dictatorship under the threat that our steel is sharper and the 1978 Referendum to vote for the House and kill the Mouse and the murder of Father Darke by PNC sponsored House of Israel thugs” the PPP said in a statement.
The Party challenged the newspaper to prove beyond reasonable doubt that during the 2003/2011 period, rampant money laundering and financing of terrorism was evident, rather than engaging in ‘scandalous and vexatious allegations’.
The PPP is of the view that this “milking of juicy gossip’ by the publication is nothing more than a rouse for witch hunting and a licence for the opposition media to continue targeting the Former President.
“We wish to remind the Stabroek News and their backers in the political opposition, that it was the Jagdeo’s Administration that brought an end to the reign of the “Fineman Gang” and immediately after, embarked on national consultations aimed at reforming the Guyana Police Force. Further, it was the Jagdeo Administration that led Guyana through five consecutive years of economic growth, while the rest of the world was reeling from global recession. It was under the Jagdeo-led PPP/C Administration that Guyana initiated a plethora of socio-economic projects that have irrevocably laid the foundation to set into motion, the transformative process that is so evident throughout our country” the PPP noted, adding that “It was this vision that resulted in Guyana rising from a State that was once the “eye pass” among its sister CARICOM Member States, where Guyanese were painfully disrespected, and the country made a virtual pariah in the international community, to one that is now lauded by all the multilateral financial agencies for exercising responsible fiscal management of the economy.”
In the view of the PPP, the Jagdeo-led PPP Government must be commended for the many wise initiatives taken with regards to Guyana’s development thrust.