Trotman hiding AFC’s support for unilateral GECOM appointment
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?