By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Amerindian Affairs Minister, Pauline Sukhai has seemingly caught herself in the mix of the A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) campaign trail as she is being accused of attempting to sabotage interior outreaches of the political opposition ahead of the May 11 polls.
APNU Executive Member, Ronald Bulkan told iNews that during a recent outreach, the Minister flew into the Amerindian communities where she allegedly attempted to “intimidate” the village councils telling them to reject the impending visit of the APNU/AFC campaign team.
“Village councillors were intimidated by Ms Red Riding Hood – Ms Pauline Sukhai,” said Bulkan.
He pointed out that Sukhai was well aware of the itinerary of the campaign group since police officials and other requisite officials would have been informed prior to the trip.
“When we arrived at Monkey mountains,…we had probably only taken about 6 steps off the aircraft when we were met by one of our RDC councillors…immediately a woman rushed up to the RDC councillor and started screaming hysterically to him in their native tongue…She was telling him that Sukhai was in there and she had told the village council to chase out the APNU members when they came,” he pointed out.
He said the campaign team visited several other villages and got the same message but were nevertheless allowed to conduct their meetings with the populace.
“They were told to chase us out, they were told we were anti-Amerindian and anti – development,” he noted adding “we find it repulsive that this administration can send a Minister with an aircraft and instead of taking food, she is taking a message of hate, division and exclusion into the Amerindian communities,” Bulkan told iNews.
iNews made attempts to contact both the Amerindian Affairs Minister and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for an official comment but was told that they would be unavailable until next week.