PRESS RELEASE MISCHEVIOUS ALLEGATIONS BY PPP/C: A COVERS UP FOR FAILED CONSULTATIONS ON GEORGETOWN IMC People’s National Congress Reform Congress Place, Sophia, Georgetown, Guyana. Thursday, May 5, 2005

The People’s National Congress Reform rejects the wicked attempt by the PPP/C regime to shift the focus away from their failure to obtain support for their unpopular plot to install a PPP/C controlled Interim Management Committee in Georgetown, by falsely alleging that the PNCR orchestrated an attack on PPP/C Member of Parliament Mr. Cyril Belgrave. The PNCR wishes to make it clear that it had neither involvement in, nor knowledge of, any attack on the PPP/C activist, which the PPP/C claims took place at the recent farcical consultation held at the East Ruimveldt Secondary School. It is also questionable if any attack took place at all.

Fortunately, the PNCR, recognizing the PPP/C dishonest use of the state media to mislead the Guyanese people that the “so-called” consultations were obtaining support, decided to video tape the proceedings at the East Ruimveldt School last Tuesday. Consequently, the PNCR was able to review video footage taken by two members of its Public Relations Department who were covering the event. The video footage does not support the allegation and confirms that the PPP/C allegations are baseless and mischievous. Interestingly, there were other Media Personnel in attendance, including PPP/C mouthpiece, NCN. It appears strange that NCN, which shows every thing supportive of the PPP/C government, has chosen not to air this particular tape and provide the evidence to substantiate its spurious allegation. In fact it is not strange. The NCN tape if shown will establish that the PPP/C is up to its dirty tricks again and that there is no truth in the allegation.

The truth of the matter is that the people of Georgetown are rejecting Jagdeo’s ill-conceived Interim Management Committee and are demanding Local Government elections. On Tuesday last our reports confirmed that several residents picketed the meeting but later participated in the consultation before vehemently rejecting the Jagdeo proposal. The meeting attracted the attendance of several residents who stated that the time would have been better spent concluding the arrangement for the payout of the announced ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) to victims of the flood. Many residents feel that they were being discriminated against as most areas of Georgetown that suffered during the flood had not yet received the announced ($10,000.00). The responses from the Government representatives only irritated residents.

Embarrassed by the public rejection, the PPP/C regime is seeking to shift the focus and whip up the old hysteria. The PNCR calls on the people of Georgetown to stay focused and continue to rebuff Jagdeo and his scheme to control Georgetown. The PNCR will also not be diverted from its objective of keeping the citizens of Georgetown informed on the relevant issues.

People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Georgetown, Guyana.
Thursday, May 5, 2005