August 15, 2017 issue of the Guyana Chronicle carried a screaming front page headline “Tracking The Money”.
The byline went on to add “Sleepin boss, associates snared in money laundering probe…”
This is the government’s newspaper talking about one of our young, bright and upcoming entrepreneurs.
Recently, it came to light that the Prime Minister himself had instructed that he approves the articles for that paper before they were published. Indeed, one of the reporters was dismissed for carrying a story that the regime was not comfortable with, and the PM did not approve.
We can, therefore, assume that the regime has decided to destroy Mr. Clifton Bacchus, the proprietor of the Sleepin Hotel chain. Clearly the reason is that this regime is demanding of business persons that they decide who they should associate with; the regime wants to choose these persons’ friends and associates.
This vicious attack on one of our progressive businessmen is an indication of how low this regime has sunk. It is a reflection of their viciousness. It is one of the most immoral acts and is certainly motivated by corruption.
Sleepin International was given a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by the PPP/C administration. It was during my presidency that it was done
Even though Mr. Bacchus has been my friend for many years, giving him that MOU was not motivated by friendship.
The PPP/C Administration had identified tourism as one of the areas where our country had potential for rapid growth. It was in pursuit of this position that we aggressively worked with stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality sectors in laying the infrastructure for its take off.
It was that policy that guided the PPP/C administration’s investment in several projects including the Guyana National Stadium, The Convention Centre, the Marriot Hotel, a world class Olympic size swimming pool, and an international standard track and field facility.
The PPP/C also worked hard on big projects like the Cheddi Jagan International Airport expansion project and did a great deal of work on our roads. We upgraded the Ogle airstrip, transforming it into an international airport.
The idea was to promote a many-faceted tourism product. The traditional eco –tourism was one area. However, we were looking at develop-