[www.inewsguyana.com] – Two former senior National Communications Network (NCN) Editors who were summarily dismissed on Thursday June 18, have denied allegations of misappropriation of funds that were levelled against them by the management of NCN.
Adele Rampersaud, a Radio Editor and Edward Layne, a senior Newsroom Editor, were booted from the NCN camp after an internal investigation found that they misused funds that were allocated for the coverage of a People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) elections rally in Bartica.
Reports indicate that the two provided bogus cash receipts for a hotel in Bartica which they claimed they stayed at.
However, investigations revealed that only two rooms were booked and used at the hotel while the receipt provided was for some seven hotel rooms.
In a statement to the media on Friday June 19, the duo stated that they “categorically reject these claims which bear no truth and are only designed to besmirch our character and integrity.”
According to the statement released by the two, the investigation came up inconclusive; however the company took a decision to terminate their services, despite the fact that Rampersaud and Layne requested that there be a professional investigation into the alleged wrongdoing by the Guyana Police Force.
“As a matter of fact, I was told by NCN’s Human Resource Manager Mr. Daren Khan, that he will decide if he wants to involve the police and maintained that we were dismissed. Significantly, our employment contracts were signed by the Chief Executive Officer, however Mr Khan denied my request to have an audience with the Chief Executive Officer of the company,” the statement noted.
“We conclude that we were wrongfull and unfairly dismissed and the allegations against us are rooted deeply in a political motive. We have since engaged our attorneys who will be pursuing the matter,” Rampersaud and Layne stated.
According to the statement, the two will support any criminal investigation into the allegations while noting that they were victims of a witch hunt by the new APNU+AFC administration.
“We urge that justice be served and that the new government live up to its promise of fairness, integrity and good governance.”