Trot­man hid­ing AFC’s sup­port for uni­lat­eral GECOM ap­point­ment

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Mem­ber

of Par­lia­ment, Anil Nand­lall, has said the Al­liance for Change is play­ing a “du­plic­i­tous role” in the GECOM chair ap­point­ment fi­asco.

Nand­lall, who has been en­gaged with Op­po­si­tion Leader, Bhar­rat Jagdeo, in deal­ing with the is­sue has out­lined, in a state­ment, AFC Chair­man, Raphael Trot­man’s role in the process led­ing up to the Pres­i­dent’s uni­lat­eral ap­point­ment of a GECOM Chair­man.

The state­ment reads: My at­ten­tion was drawn to a re­cent State­ment is­sued by the Al­liance For Change (AFC), re­gard­ing the role played by AFC leader, Mr. Raphael Trot­man, in the en­gage­ments be­tween the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion and the Pres­i­dent, in re­la­tion to the con­tro­ver­sial ap­point­ment of a Chair­man of GECOM.

As usual, the AFC is play­ing the du­plic­i­tous role of di­vert­ing blame for de­ci­sions of the Pres­i­dent and the Govern­ment of which the AFC is a joint part­ner, when­ever these de­ci­sions at­tract pub­lic con­dem­na­tion. We have seen this role played out by the AFC in re­la­tion to the park­ing me­ter as well as VAT on pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion. We are now see­ing the same modus operandi in re­la­tion to the un­con­sti­tu­tional ap­point­ment by the Pres­i­dent of a Chair­man for GECOM.

As a par­tic­i­pant at al­most every one of those meet­ings, I wish to state that Mr. Trot­man at­tended sev­eral of those meet­ings. In fact, he at­tended more meet­ings than the At­tor­ney Gen­eral. He was not a mere by­stander as the AFC now wishes to por­tray. We were of the im­pres­sion that he was there in his ca­pac­ity as Leader of the AFC.

In­deed, at one of those meet­ings, an agree­ment was ar­rived at, that should the third set of names be re­jected, a joint team would be es­tab­lished by the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion and the Pres­i­dent which would ex­plore other av­enues within the pa­ram­e­ters of the Con­sti­tu­tion to ar­rive at a con­sen­sual can­di­date. It was fur­ther agreed that a joint pub­lic state­ment should be is­sued cap­tur­ing this ar­range­ment.

This joint state­ment was drafted by yours truly, Min­is­ter Joseph Har­mon and Min­is­ter Raphael Trot­man.

How there­fore, can Min­is­ter Trot­man be con­sid­ered a mere by­stander at these en­gage­ments?

I deny that the Op­po­si­tion Leader spoke of any sort of "civil dis­obe­di­ence and un­rest” at the meet­ing as al­leged by Mr Trot­man in his email. The Op­po­si­tion Leader said that the ap­point­ment of Mr. Pat­ter­son would be legally chal­lenged and there would be other con­se­quences. There was no form of elab­o­ra­tion.

The AFC's state­ment, there­fore, is not only rid­dled with lies and half truths but it is clearly in­tended to ob­fus­cate their in­volve­ment in the un­law­ful ap­point­ment of Mr. James Pat­ter­son as the Chair­man of GECOM rather than ac­cept equal re­spon­si­bil­ity for this trav­esty.

If the AFC’s ver­sion is cor­rect, then the next ques­tion is, is there a Coali­tion in Govern­ment or some free­loaders with APNU?

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