PPP-piloted no-confidence motion, a ‘twisted sinister plot’
─ plot designed to capitalise on and compromise the health of President Granger
DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Popular social activist and member of the Ethnic Relations Commission, Barrington Braithwaite, in an article published today in the Guyana Chronicle, called the PPP-piloted No-Confidence Motion a ‘twisted sinister plot’ designed to capitalise on and compromise the health of His Excellency President David Granger.
The motion, which will be debated in the National Assembly on Friday, was submitted to the Parliament Office in mid-November, mere days after it was announced that President Granger was suffering from Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, a type of cancer, and would require regular treatment abroad.
Earlier this month, the opposition requested that Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo vacate his seat whenever he performs the functions of Head of State, however, Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Barton Scotland, asked that the matter be dealt with by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Constitutional Reform.
Braithwaite believes that part of the plot was intended to have the President put his life at risk by flying home against medical precautions. He is calling on the APNU+AFC Coalition Government to address the matter by proposing to amend the motion, which he said is a desperate and callous move to impose “self-serving carnage”.
“Amend this motion; treat this desperate and callous move to impose self-serving carnage as it should be treated,” Braithwaite is quoted in the article as he questioned “what are the opposition’s grounds, when the sugar workers are paid, the nation is moving towards a ‘Green’ sensible future; our streets and communities are experiencing uplifting developments from efforts made; our creative citizens will benefit from laws to protect them.”
The opposition recently sought to defer the motion to January 2019, however, Prime Minister Nagamootoo objected and in a statement said the motion must be tried and defeated.
The Prime Minister also called out the opposition leader and team for exploiting the President’s illness.
“We know too that the Jagdeo-led opposition has caused the Guyanese people some distress and hurt by unconscionably attempting to exploit the illness of President David Granger to unseat me as Prime Minister. They then resisted the pro-people $300.7 Billion 2019 Budget. Both gambits failed to derail the Parliament and government. The resort to a no-confidence motion is the third in a tripod of destabilisation, and it is also doomed to failure. The correct and honourable thing for Jagdeo is not to postpone his defeat but to withdraw the motion,” he said.
Image: Guyana Chronicle.