[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is rejecting the decision by the APNU+AFC government to have Prime Moses Nagamootoo lead the team on the issue of national unity.
Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman had announced that Nagamootoo was selected by the government because they believe he is the “best man” for the job, despite his acrimonious relationship with the PPP.
The PPP in a statement on Thursday, September 10, 2015 noted that it will not participate in such talks if Nagamootoo leads the team.
“The PPP wishes to state that if such a move is part and parcel of the so-called “fresh approach” by the APNU+AFC then it is clearly a non-starter and will end up dead in the water.
“Knowing the dim view the PPP holds of Moses Nagamootoo, the APNU+AFC by insisting that he is their ‘best man’ who will head its team must know that that initiative will go nowhere. Thus, by pushing Nagamootoo center-stage it is now pellucidly clear that the Coalition objective is not to have any talks at all but to put the PPP/C on the defensive and to project the Party as refusing to engage in talks with the government. The entire affair therefore smacks of a political gimmick,” the PPP statement noted.
The Opposition believes that the move by the government is a “calculated” one, aimed at boosting the “sagging image of the AFC it is doubtful that such a move will gain any traction and is therefore bound to backfire.”
“Finally, it should not be ruled out that this ill-fated move with Nagamooto in the driving seat is perhaps in furtherance of a pre-electoral commitment made to certain external forces by Mr. Nagamootoo on behalf of the APNU+AFC.
“What is unfolding before us therefore is an attempt by the Coalition to throw dust in the eyes of the Guyanese people and at the same time pushing a commitment to fulfill a self serving pre-electoral promise made to external forces.”