The ‘massa’ mentality

first_imgDear Editor,No other Government has been more dependent on foreign advisors and consultants than this A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration. While importing expertise in various sectors was necessary to compensate for the lack of ministerial experience after the APNU/AFC took office in 2015, a troubling pattern has emerged. After three years, the Granger Administration still lacks ministerial experience, and finds it easier to rape the Treasury of billions of dollars to pay foreign consultants and advisors, putting the country deeper and deeper in debt.Government just borrowed US$20 million to hire more foreign consultants to advise them on the Sovereign Wealth Fund.With all the retired Police and Army personnel now employed in the upper echelon of this APNU/AFC Administration, a foreign security company was hired at great expense “to correct the errors of over two decades of mismanagement of the security sector,” according to President Granger.Sadly, the crime rate is now worse than ever, driving fear in our homes and the business community, causing the US State Department to issue a report days ago, and warning that Guyana’s crime threat is at a “critical level”.Finance Minister Winston Jordan also has a foreign appetite. His slavish adherence to the International Monetary Fund which concludes that the Guyana economy is growing, when in reality, over 25,000 persons have lost their jobs under this uncaring APNU/AFC Government and the ‘good life’ is way beyond the reach of ordinary Guyanese.One can understand our Attorney General needing help to fight Government’s cases at the Caribbean Court of Justice, but despite the best legal brains in this country, he too has preference for foreign.The Granger Administration seems to have inherited a ‘massa’ mentality with a growing fondness and dependency for consultants from western countries.While there is nothing wrong with seeking the professional services of foreign consultants/advisors, it is the slavish dependency on these foreigners that erodes our independence and gives me cause for concern… especially the one ‘calling the shots’ over at Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).In a letter written by Robin Singh in a section of the media, captioned, “The implications of the charges against Brassington and Ashni Singh”, he concludes, “Dr Sam Sittlington has no idea of what Guyana’s economic position was during the post PNC years having arrived post PPP. He must have assumed that Guyana was always economically stable and attractive to investors. Someone needs to educate the good doctor.”Dr Sam Sittlington is a financial crime expert and Director of ‘The Fraud Company’ which he owns. He is paid by the British Government as an Advisor to the Government of Guyana. His role is to speed-up processing of the more than 300 cases identified by the SOCU stemming from 26 Government-ordered forensic audits.According to British High Commissioner, Greg Quinn, Sittlington will be providing advice on ongoing probes and will take no direct role in investigations. But is this really so?In March of last year, Sittlington was seen celebrating in a city night spot with the Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, other Government officials, investigators, and staff of the British High Commission after the arrests of Opposition officials, including former President Bharrat Jagdeo.When questioned, Ramjattan admitted, “The fact (is) that I had some wine with Sam on Wednesday evening at Oasis because I wanted to thank him for the great work he did at SOCU” (anyone vaguely familiar with the drinking habits of Minister Ramjattan, knows that wine is not his liquor of choice, but that’s another story).Editor, most Guyanese will recall the infamous role that the British High Commissioner played during the May 11, 2015 General and Regional Elections, announcing the election results in favour of APNU/AFC long before all the ballots were counted and any official announcement was made by the Guyana Elections Commission.One wonders what were in the reports that were dispatched to the UK Foreign Office in London, and whether the active participation of Sam Sittlington now is being encouraged to justify those reports that were sent by the High Commissioner prior to the 2015 elections.I am convinced that the UK Foreign Office may not be aware and will never condone the high level of political interference and intrusion in the affairs of a sovereign nation involving the British High Commissioner and his countryman.And I urge all Guyanese living in the UK to write their British MPs and the foreign office in London, asking the UK Government to stop their Envoys’ intrusion in our domestic affairs.So what is the role of Sam Sittlington? Most believe he has now exceeded his official remit and trespassed into operational matters at SOCU.According to Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, “I have information that Mr Sittlington has been on raids with SOCU; he has gone into the premises of nationals of Guyana as part of these raids – being part of operations themselves. So if the British High Commissioner is saying that he has no operational mandate as part of his job, then he will be open (to an investigation)… We have a foreigner here who is trespassing on the rights of Guyanese citizens, tolerated by our Government.”Indeed, Dr Sam Sittlington was seen directing activities on at least three SOCU operations that I am aware of:* On February 3 of last year, he was photographed standing in the doorway as agents of SOCU executed a raid on the Guyana Rice Development Board (see photo attached)* Then on March 7, 2017, he was in the same vehicle with the Head of SOCU, former Guyana Defence Force Lieutenant Colonel Sydney James when SOCU arrived at the Office the Leader of the Opposition in Church Street to arrest Jagdeo.* Sittlington was also an unwanted guest in the home of a private businessman who is now afraid to give a statement.It would appear that Sittlington is a willing participant, dancing to the tune of the APNU/AFC coalition Government with the approval of the High Commissioner, to target former PPP/Civic Ministers and officials.He sees this as an opportunity to pad his résumé with the arrest and conviction of former Ministers of Government to increase traffic to his website, making his company more marketable.Despite the lack of evidence, he is willing to recommend frivolous and fabricated charges against Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington, compromising his own professional ethics, hoping somehow, with Government now interfering with the Judiciary, those charges will stick. That will not happen.There is evidence of wholesale corruption and financial fraud being committed by Government Ministers during the three years of this APNU/AFC Administration, yet he turns a blind eye to the rape of the Treasury and the unconscionable misuse of public funds. After 2020, Sam Sittlington may himself be the subject of a criminal investigation along with those he now protects in Government.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more


first_imgBurt Chapel – By Declan McGuinness/TwitterIT’S a stunning picture which is being reTweeted around the globe.The picture of Burt Chapel was taken by Declan McGuinness. And when your brother is Sinn Fein vice-president Martin McGuinness (who decided to Tweet to his 23,466 followers around the world, then it gets a wee bit more attention.The politician’s followers thought he’d taken the snap.But he was quick to make sure the credit went to Declan.  SNAPPER’S STUNNING PICTURE OF BURT CHAPEL GOES GLOBAL! was last modified: January 2nd, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Burt chapelDeclan McGuinnessmartin mcguinnesslast_img read more