[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Press and Publicity Unit of the Office of the President says that efforts are being made to authenticate “the integrity” of a recording in which President Donald Ramotar allegedly defended former President, Bharrat Jagdeo by calling an Aishailton resident stupid.
The audio recording emerged today with a voice believed to be that of the sitting President, who was at the time responding to a heckler during a recent meeting in the Amerindian village.
The villager raised concerns about the former President when Ramotar could be heard telling the villager: “You don’t know anything about Jagdeo; if he been here, he might have slap you, cause you stupid”.
Office of the President (OP) says that the meeting took place in the community three weeks ago.
“The specific incident being referred to involves the hinterland resident who attempted to disrupt the President’s public meeting using invectives, insulting and disparaging language towards Former President Bharrat Jagdeo. The tenor of the engagement represents the cut and trust of public meetings,” a press statement from the President’s Office noted.
The media release further noted, “The highlighting of this incident some three weeks after it is alleged to have taken place smacks of desperation on the part of the political opposition and its media outfits, and is no doubt an attempt to remain relevant particularly since Guyanese recently rejected the opposition’s calls to disrupt the Christmas season.”
According to the release, as the New Year beckons, particularly with General elections pending, the Administration can expect many more such attempts at “sensational reporting.”