[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Donald Ramotar says the “attacks” against Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington are unwarranted and malicious.
Brassington on Monday denied having committed any crimes and accused a forensic auditor, Anand Goolsarran of divulging contents of the draft report without giving the company’s principals an opportunity to comment.
“As far as I know I have not broken any laws and if Mr. Goolsarran is suggesting it then I believe I have a clear defense on why what we did was properly done and we should not be held responsible,” Brassington told a recent news conference.
The former President in a statement on December 22 said that he has “seen the sustained attacks on Winston Brassington in certain sections of the media and from the supporters / operators of the APNU + AFC regime for his work as head of NICIL.”
He stated that from the inception, the APNU+AFC administration began a witchhunt against several persons who were perceived to be supporters of the former PPP/C administration and those who worked dedicatedly during its tenure.
“The ‘forensic ‘audits were designed as a tool to harass and denigrate persons who worked with the PPP/C government to build our country. Winston Brassington has been attacked and demonized, and has not even been given the chance to defend himself,” Ramotar said.
He opined that the audit conducted on the operations of the Marriott Hotel by Goolsarran was most unprofessional and should engage the attention of the professional bodies of accountants in Guyana.
“Even though Mr. Brassington provided all the explanations in his preliminary report, the responses were mainly ignored in a final report that was not sent to NICIL. Clearly, the APNU + AFC operatives are not interested in the truth; they are not interested in transparency and natural justice.”
He said what they want is to “create trumped – up charges and attack the integrity of persons who clearly behaved professionally in the discharge of their duties. The real problem is that they shouted so much about corruption at NICIL and they are now unable to prove any of their charges.”
“They are fast losing credibility and their vindictive nature is being exposed for all to see,” said Ramotar.