Jagdeo slams gov’t for trying to intimidate members of the judiciary
current Coalition government came in for blows by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary and Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, today, over its attacks on the local judiciary. Deeming the recent attack on the Chancellor of the judiciary (ag), Carl Singh, as an “unprecedented” move, Jagdeo charged that the motive seems t o be t o intimidate the judiciary to influence decisions of local courts.
Over t he last f our weeks, headlines i n t he state-owned Guyana Chronicle screamed ‘Sun setting on Chancellor’s career… concerns raised over whether he will try to prolong stay’ and ‘Chancellor too powerful – AG’, among others.
Speaking at a news conference, held at Freedom House today, he pointed to the fact that the new order of the day seems to be that members of the judiciary are subject to campaigns aimed at destroying their credibility if decisions are not made in their favour. “In their warped thinking, they believe that this will intimidate judges to be compliant,” the PPP General Secretary said.
Jagdeo likened the current state of affairs to a manifestation of the days under the People’s National Congress (PNC), which is the majority party of the current Coalition government, when the PNC’s flag was flown at the Court of Appeal, over the national flag – to solidify the paramountcy of the PNC.
“There is a growing tendency to go back to the era when the PNC and a particular mindset dominated Guyana… it is this mindset that drove Guyana into the ground… this is the same mindset that set back development by many years…this is very worrying,” Jagdeo declared.