Probe launched of Pres­i­dent’s press of­fi­cer’s al­leged slur

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An in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched into pri­vate Face­book con­ver­sa­tions be­tween Pres­i­dent David Granger’s Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion and Press Ser­vices Of­fi­cer Lloyda Ni­cholas-Gar­rett and friends which were al­legedly leaked, Head of the Press and Pub­lic­ity Unit of the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency (MOTP), Mark Archer said last evening.

Op­po­si­tion Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Nigel Dharam­lall on Tues­day shared on his Face­book page screen­shots of the al­leged con­ver­sa­tions, one in which Ni­cholas-Gar­rett al­legedly used a racially deroga­tory term to de­scribe staff at the Min­istry of the Pres­i­dency.

Archer stated that MOTP does not con­done the use of that sort of lan­guage but what has been made pub­lic has to be in­ves­ti­gated.

Dharam­lall, who him­self has in re­cent months made sev­eral pub­lic state­ments which were deroga­tory and racist in tone, ac­cused Ni­cholas-Gar­rett 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 In­dian des­cent.

He called for her to be sacked and for her to un­dergo a “pe­riod of race re­la­tions re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion”.

Miss­ing: Vi­jay San­chara

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