Kai­eteur News in fore­front as APNU/AFC mouth­piece

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pub­lic at­ten­tion from their mal- ad­min­is­tra­tion, squan­der­ma­nia, naked in­com­pe­tence and out­right cor­rup­tion”

The Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party has la­beled the Kai­eteur News daily as a mouth­piece of the rul­ing coali­tion as that pa­per takes on the role of re­spond­ing to the po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion. The lat­est case is in con­nec­tion with NICIL, as the PPP pointed out. In re­sponse, the Party is­sued the fol­low­ing state­ment:

A com­pe­tent in­ves­tiga­tive au­dit­ing team can eas­ily de­bunk the scur­rilous claim that NICIL is broke, as pub­lished by the Kai­eteur News on July 30 2017. NICIL head, Ho­race James, is im­put­ing this state of af­fairs to fraud­u­lent prac­tices by the for­mer PPP/C ad­min­is­tra­tion. The cold hard truth is that NICIL gen­er­ated bil­lions of dol­lars for the trea­sury and had bil­lions of dol­lars in as­sets and div­i­dends at the time when the PPP left Of­fice. If it is now broke, as James claims, then ei­ther the monies were stolen or squan­dered or both un­der this Ad­min­is­tra­tion. How­ever, this claim is the nor­mal gim­mickry de­signed to bam­boo­zle the pub­lic with the gov­ern­ment’s now rec­og­niz­able pat­tern in the con­tin­uum of un­founded and un­jus­ti­fied ac­cu­sa­tions of fraud and cor­rup­tion against the lead­er­ship and func­tionar­ies of the pre­vi­ous PPP/C ad­min­is­tra­tion. These spe­cious claims are noth­ing but ob­fus­ca­tory strate­gies to divert pub­lic at­ten­tion from their mal-ad­min­is­tra­tion, squan­der­ma­nia, naked in­com­pe­tence and out­right cor­rup­tion.

Kai­eteur News is, as usual, in the fore­front, as the coali­tion mouth­piece, ped­dling these base­less and li­belous at­tacks against the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Rather t han pub­lish the PPP’s Press State­ment, which de­tails the rel­e­vant facts on this mat­ter, the Kai­eteur News chose to re­spond to the state­ment. Imag­ine NICIL has not re­sponded; the Gov­ern­ment has not re­sponded; but Kai­eteur News has! The truth is that Kai­eteur News should have been the last en­tity to re­spond. The cred­i­bil­ity of this me­dia en­tity, es­pe­cially in this in­stance, is com­pro­mised, as its pub­lisher Glen Lall, has a pe­cu­niary in­ter­est in dis­tort­ing facts to cor­rob­o­rate the coali­tion gov­ern­ment’s con­tentions against the for­mer gov­ern­ment and its func­tionar­ies, be­cause Guyana Stores Lim­ited, of which Lall is a co-owner, is one of the big­gest de­fault­ers. For this rea­son alone, any self-re­spect­ing and pro­fes­sional me­dia out­fit would have ei­ther re­cused it­self from pub­lish­ing on this mat­ter, or at a min­i­mum, would have ex­er­cised ex­tra­or­di­nary due care and at­ten­tion when so do­ing, to be as ob­jec­tive as pos­si­ble. Ob­vi­ously, these high eth­i­cal prin­ci­ples are alien to Kai­eteur News. It is ob­vi­ous that, not­with­stand­ing the in­debt­ed­ness to NICIL of the fi­nanciers and cronies of the coali­tion part­ner­ship, who are di­rect ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the gov­ern­ment’s largesse, they are never per­se­cuted or prose­cuted like other en­trepreneurs.

The cor­rup­tion and in­cest stink to high heav­ens and we hope that we will hear more on these is­sues from or­ga­ni­za­tions such as Trans­parency In­sti­tute of Guyana Inc. All the PPP/C's trans­ac­tions can bear scru­tiny: ie: Na­tional Hard­ware was sold land through a com­pet­i­tive bid­ding process; land to Movi­etown was sold above mar­ket value and today it is the only in­vest­ment of its size and type in the coun­try. How­ever, de­spite that the Beepat’s busi­ness en­tity was sold land at a lower price, there has been no out­cry. It is rea­son­able to con­jec­ture that this is be­cause of the hon­our be­stowed upon Moses Nag­amootoo for cut­ting the rib­bon. Why the pur­chase price that Glenn Lall paid for a huge block of land at in­dus­trial site Ec­cles, which is sim­i­lar to the prices that other in­vestors were sold land by the Gov­ern­ment, never made an is­sue by Kai­eteur News? If land sold by the Gov­ern­ment to other in­vestors were be­low mar­ket value, the same ar­gu­ment ap­plies with equal force to the land which Glenn Lall pur­chased at in­dus­trial site. Cur­rently, Kai­eteur News is on an­other mis­sion: that of ex­cus­ing Ram­jat­tan from cul­pa­bil­ity for the crime sit­u­a­tion and the tragic oc­cur­rences at the pris­ons in re­cent times. They are vul­garly ar­gu­ing that Indo-Guyanese would feel in­se­cure if Ram­jat­tan is re­moved as Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter- a po­si­tion in which he has failed abys- mally. The re­al­ity is that In­di­ans are in the fore­front of call­ing for his head to roll.

An­other mo­ti­va­tion for Glen Lall’s mis­lead­ing the na­tion through ‘fake’ news, is that the coali­tion promised him a broad­cast­ing li­cence. The gov­ern­ment has been en­gag­ing in ac­tions that would de­ter in­vest­ments in the coun­try and fur­ther de­mor­al­ize the pri­vate sec­tor. The Broad­cast­ing (Amend­ment) Bill of 2017, is an­other at­tempt at driv­ing fear into in­vestors and en­trepreneurs. How­ever, what this Bill seeks to achieve is to dis­pos­sess pro­pri­etors of own­er­ship of legally- ac­quired prop­er­ties and to put gov­ern­ment con­trol over pro­gramme con­tent of me­dia houses, which di­rectly con­tra­venes all in­ter­na­tional edicts guar­an­tee­ing free­dom of ex­pres­sion. This bodes ill for the na­tion and sets a dan­ger­ous prece­dent for en­trepreneur­ship in Guyana. This odi­ous strat­egy of ob­fus­cat­ing the in­com­pe­ten­cies and bla­tant cor­rup­tion of this gov­ern­ment and its func­tionar­ies, is no longer fool­ing the peo­ple, be­cause the swath of dis­il­lu­sion en­gen­dered by an ob­vi­ously un­car­ing gov­ern­ment cuts across ev­ery di­vide in this coun­try.

The rapidly de­te­ri­o­rat­ing qual­ity of life of Guyanese all across the coun­try can no longer be ex­cused by clumsy rhetoric and false prom­ises. Hope­less­ness is en­gulf­ing the na­tional psy­che, which is mired in cor­rup­tion and scan­dals on a daily ba­sis.

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