PPP MP calls for fir­ing of pres­i­dent’s press of­fi­cer over al­leged use of racial slur

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Pres­i­dent David Granger’s Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion and Press Ser­vices Of­fi­cer Lloyda Ni­cholas-Gar­rett was yes­ter­day ac­cused by Op­po­si­tion Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Nigel Dharam­lall of us­ing a racially deroga­tory term to de­scribe staff at the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency.

Dharam­lall shared on his Face­book page screenshots pur­port­ing to be from a pri­vate Face­book con­ver­sa­tion be­tween Ni­cholasGar­rett and two other friends and in which it ap­peared that a racial slur was used by her.

As a re­sult, Dharam­lall, who has in re­cent months made sev­eral pub­lic state­ments which were deroga­tory and racist in tone, ac­cused her of us­ing “highly racial and very deroga­tory terms in con­ver­sa­tions with her friends as they de­scribe their fel­low Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent col­leagues,” whom he be­lieves are Guyanese of Indo-Guyanese de­scent.

He fol­lowed this de­scrip­tion with a “call for the im­me­di­ate ter­mi­na­tion of the ser­vices of the Racist Staffer and a pe­riod of race re­la­tions re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for her.”

Ac­cord­ing to Dharam­lall, his “taxes are not to be used to pay any­one who is racist.”

Stabroek News reached out to Ni­cholas-Gar­rett but her phone was turned off and her Face­book page has been re­moved.

At­tempts to reach her im­me­di­ate su­per­vi­sor, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Di­rec­tor of the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency Mark Archer, also proved fu­tile.

Stabroek News was able to make con­tact with Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Im­ran Khan, who ex­plained that he has been un­able to ver­ify the con­tents of the screenshots with Ni­cholas-Gar­rett and there­fore could not com­ment on the mat­ter. “I’m too aware of how easy it is to pho­to­shop things, so I will leave it to Lloyda to first ad­dress the mat­ter,” Khan said.

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