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Inaction by President Granger

first_imgDear Editor,A vote for David Granger and his coalition in 2015 was touted as a “vote for change” and indeed, there have been changes in the Administration of Government of Guyana. A major change has been the levelling of corruption charges based on evidence. Former President Bharrat Jagdeo has used the constitutional office of Leader of the Opposition to transform the previous culture of allegations based on innuendo or anecdote. When in office, the PPP/C often replied to allegations with requests for evidence. Given a chance to prosecute many of these claims made while in Opposition, the Granger Administration has fallen woefully short of credible. The sale of land for housing at less than market value at Sparendaam and a mix-up about the inclusion of the purchase of law reports in an employment contract speaks more to political witchhunts than serious corruption.We are now in the ear of evidence-based allegations, with files and complaints being filed at various law enforcement agencies, whistleblowers have emerged in every sector of the public service and from across the political spectrum to provide tangible proof of wrongdoing. Names, dates, documents, images, file numbers, specificity to the nth degree.As interesting as this phenomenon is, a pattern emerges after the response. Following allegations, there is a period of total silence which lasts for seven to seventeen days. During this period, the claims are pushed with vigour by media, corruption watchdogs and political activists. If the hue and cry dies down, we never get an explanation as with claims of verbal abuse of a constable by Annette Ferguson and the requested release of an unlicensed motorcycle rider in August 2018. However, when allegations do persist, the public is then treated to an ‘explanation’. These are not accompanied by policy documents, paper trails or any other exculpatory evidence. For example, the bizarre case of the payment of US$9000 into David Patterson’s personal account has not been attended by any paperwork. Patterson has repeatedly avoided explaining how a Chinese company got his personal bank account details; short of it being printed on the back of his business card, there is no plausible explanation, nor has Patterson provided paper evidence to demonstrate repatriation of the “travel expenses” to MARAD. Take my word for it, this is not an option preferred by taxpayers.There is also the denial of allegations based on specificity. Winston Jordan denied receiving a “US$20 million” signing bonus. His defence when the truth came out was a lame excuse that the actual bonus is “US$18 million”. Eric Philips denied receiving “3000 acres” of land. Now that the evidence has come to light of a grant of “2000 acres” with probable cause to believe there may be more revelations of additional acreages allocated, there is no doubt Phillips will rely on the ‘Jordan’ defence.There are other minor patterns that show the Granger Administration lacks moral and ethical direction from top to bottom; acceptance of paid travel and lack of policy directing courses of action.The clearest and most damming pattern is of the inaction by President Granger when faced with irrefutable evidence. His Excellency’s ability to turn his face from black and white realities is remarkable if only for its consistency. He is the rock upon which his corrupt Ministers stand, on drug bonds, on D’Urban Park, on the Harbour Bridge, on downsized but increased priced airport renovations, contracts for family and friends. More and more of the Cabinet clamber onto the safety of Granger’s rock, seemingly not noticing that it is sinking inexorably into the quicksand of corruption. We are into the silence again and David Granger is experiencing that sinking feeling, and his fear of facing the electorate is palpable.Respectfully,Robin Singhlast_img read more

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Orla’s heartbroken family say there is no excuse to get behind the wheel drunk

first_imgThe family of Orla O’Reilly who was killed by a drink-driver says there is simply no excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.The 34-year-old youth worker died when a car being driven by Kevin McClintock smashed head-on into the youth worker in Co Donegal killing her instantly.The inquests into both Mr McCintock and Ms Reilly were held today during which it was found that both died from multiple injuries suffered in a road traffic accident. The jury also came to a finding that Orla’s death was due to misadventure.Speaking directly after the inquests, Orla’s family issued a hard-hitting statement condemning the late Mr McClintock.Family solicitor Fiona Baxter said “Personal responsibility for the consequences of driving under the influence and speeding should never be excused.“A driver who speeds or drives while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and then crashes that car into innocent people bears the responsibility for the death or injuries sustained by their victims and the devastation felt by the loved ones left behind. Speeding and drink driving are personal choices and cannot be excused.” Orla was due to marry fiancee of two years Jimmy McKinney in October, 2016.The couple had spoken by phone just moments before McClintock ploughed into Orla on the M13 road at Killyverry, Newtowncunningham on Friday, November 13th.Orla’s fiancee Jimmy was flanked by Orla’s mum and dad, Helen and Brian, brother Shane and sister Maeve and other family members.The family spokesperson said that Orla was always a careful driver.The O’Reilly family solicitor, Fiona Baxter reading a statement on behalf of the family. Pic by Northwest Newspix.“On Friday the 13th November 2015 our lives were shattered when Orla was killed as she travelled to work. That day as always, Orla drove with due care on the roads. Witnesses state that a black car which was out of control, going around in circles and coming sideways on the wrong side of the road, smashed into Orla’s car killing her. “From accounts we have been given the driver should not have been behind the wheel on that day. He had got into his car in Letterkenny that day heavily influenced by drink and drove extremely dangerously until causing the death of Orla. The crash scene can only be described as horrendous.”It added that Orla, who was originally from Cavan, was a dedicated youth worker with Donegal Youth Services in Letterkenny.The many tributes, books of condolences and messages received following Orla’s death are testament to the love and influence Orla had on so many young people.A spokesperson for Donegal Youth Services said “Orla was an inspiration to us all and through her work she helped and inspired so many young people.” Orla and her fiancé Jimmy were happily planning their wedding day which was to be the 7th of October 2016.Thes spokesperson added “No words can ever describe the grief and devastation we feel at the loss of our beloved Orla at such a young age when she, fiancé Jimmy and all her family had so much to look forward to. Orla had so much to do and so much more to give.“On the day of the crash Orla, who herself was a strong promoter of road safety, became another victim/ statistic of the deadly carnage on our roads caused by speeding and drunk driving.“Orla was a strong promoter of road safety. We, as her loved ones, make a plea to all to take care on our roads and remember the devastation left behind when a car is used in this manner.”Orla’s family said they would like to thank the coroner Dr. Mc Cauley, the jury, the witnesses who gave evidence here today and assistance in the immediate aftermath of the accident.“Finally we pay tribute to the emergency services and the Gardai who attended at the scene and thereafter carried out a thorough investigation.”Orla’s heartbroken family say there is no excuse to get behind the wheel drunk was last modified: October 26th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:CavanCoroner Denis McCauleycrashdonegaldrunk driverGardaiinquestKevin McClintockmuffOrla O’Reillylast_img read more

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