By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of State, David Granger has described accusations of him being racist as “groundless and malicious,” noting that he has never been described as such in his life.
Reports surfaced recently of a US diplomatic cable of June 27, 1974, which stated that President Granger has a history of being an “anti-East Indian racist”. At that time, Granger was serving as a Major in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF).
During his weekly appearance on the TV Programme – The Public Interest – the Head of State was asked directly by a journalist if he is a racist.
He responded: “Of course not…I’ve never been described as such, I don’t know who made that allegation; I don’t know what evidence he or she had but it’s completely groundless and even malicious to try to revive something that…you know, that somebody somewhere said over 40 years ago. Where is the evidence?”
The President further noted that he is more disappointed in the Editor who chose to publish such an accusation about a Head of State, without any evidence.
“I’ve never been described as such in my entire life. I was astonished to read it and ashamed that any editor would publish such nonsense about a Head of State without even seeking to provide some evidence that there was some truth to it,” the President said.
He further noted, “ I mean, I’m not so much disappointed in the United States person who supposedly said it; I am disappointed in the Editor who exercised poor judgment in putting that type of information about a Head of State in the newspaper.”
When the story first came to the forefront, newly minted US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway was questioned by iNews on November 16 about the allegation and he stated that “the one comment which was referring to his reputation, we did not call him that – we referred to his reputation if you read very carefully.”
According to Holloway, the cable does not reflect his own personal view of the Guyanese President having met him a few times since arriving in Guyana on September 24, 2015.
“It does not reflect my own personal observation in interactions with the President nor does it reflect what he has been saying in public and doing in public as part of the coalition government,” he stated.