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Kaieteur News successfully baits another clown from the Guyana Govt – Irfaan Ali Minister of Housing into suing them

One would have thought the clowns at freedumb house would have wised up as to the PPP dirty laundry that these suits expose.

Housing Minister Irfaan Ali has sued Kaieteur News for $100M over a front page in New Year’s Day edition under the headline “After two years as Minister Irfaan Ali builds mansion and pool house’.
The lawsuit was filed in the High Court yesterday by the Minsiter’s Attorney-at-law, Parag Hukumchand who also sought and was granted an ex parte injunction restraining Kaieteur News from printing or publishing anything about the Minister’s house or any elated matter until the hearing and of the matter. Justice Diana Fazeela-Insanally granted the injunction and set January 19 for a hearing.
Minister Ali is suing for damages for sum of $100 million for libel. He is citing photographs and an article headed “After two years Minister Irfaan Ali builds mansion and pool house”. The Minister is claiming damages in excess of $20 million.
According to the writ the Minister stated that prior to his appointment he worked as a representative for the Guyana Government in the Project Implementation Unit, overseeing funds disbursed by the Caribbean Development Bank.
The document further stated that the Minister is the holder of a first degree in International Business and a Master degree in Human resources planning and development.
Irfaan Ali further claimed that he is registered with the University of the West Indies to do his Doctor of Philosophy degree. Ali through his lawyer stated that he enjoys an unblemished record both locally and internationally.
He is contending that the article and photographs were intended to create the innuendo that he obtained and developed the property through improper means.
“I acquired the property while being employed with the Ministry of Finance four years ago and since then I have been developing it”
In the lawsuit the Minister says since the publication he has suffered considerable distress and severe injury to his reputation.
“Since the publication I have received several phone calls and visits from friends and acquaintances who have concluded that I obtained and developed the property through improper and dishonest means”.
Kaieteur News said that it will defend the writ vigorously. Publisher Glenn Lall said that everything his paper printed is true. He said that he is not concerned about insinuations and innuendos. That is the Minister’s business, he added.


  1. Harry Gill
    January 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Re-migrants ripped of by Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali:

    Dear Editor,
    In his column, “The poor will count their debts” (Kaieteur News, January 14), Peeping Tom really has nothing to worry about: There will be no rush to buy up land offered to remigrants.
    In fact, only a fool would pay US$35,000 for a house lot in Guyana that’s less than 1/4 of an acre.
    After reading his article, I went to the Central Housing & Planning Authority’s website to have a look at the application form.
    As Peeping Tom indicated, I had to create a username and password, and provide my email address before I was allowed to access this information.
    The form itself is quite straightforward and user-friendly. Remigrants are given a choice to select one of four house lots (or as they’re referred to in the USA: Homesites): 6,000 sq. ft. costing $G4M; 6500 sq. ft. ($4.5M); 7000 sq. ft. ($5.5M); and the largest lot, 8,000 sq. ft., goes for $7 million.
    The small homesite measuring 6,000 sq. ft. is so small that if you cough, your neighbour catches a cold; so there would not be many takers for this size.
    A standard Homesite in Florida is 10,000 sq. ft., almost a quarter of an acre, and with real estate prices now way down, it is more economically feasible and sensible for a Guyanese thinking of going back home, to buy one of these homesites in Florida for about US$10,000 and build their home there instead.
    People are leaving Guyana and every country in the world to come to the United States by any means they could, to secure a better quality of life for themselves and their families.
    And although the economy is not as good as it used to be, this is still the greatest country God has ever created…barring none!
    Most Guyanese living abroad are patriotic. We’re sometimes critical of the Government, not out of malice, but of a burning desire to see real progress so that one day, we may return to the place we all love.
    I have personally remitted millions every year to help family members and the underprivileged, and I’m aware that others do the same.
    In fact, we contribute significantly to the Guyana economy with every dollar and barrel we send home; and with every visit we make for Christmas, Mashramani, cricket, weddings and funerals.
    I, like most Guyanese living abroad, am very concerned with the high level of corruption and crime rate, and the inability of law enforcement to bring this under control. I recognise and appreciate the efforts being made by Government to improve infrastructure, education and healthcare, but not enough is being done. In fact, the socioeconomic development of Guyana is not an appealing option at this time for a Guyanese living abroad to return home.
    The Jagdeo Administration must be commended however, for the tremendous housing programme they have embarked upon to provide affordable land to its citizens, ranging from $59,400 in special cases to a maximum of $1.2 million (US$6,000) for those in the middle income bracket; and making it easier for them to obtain low interest building loans from financial institutions.
    But when one considers that former President Bharrat Jagdeo, Minister of Agriculture, Robert Persaud, and the army chief, Commodore Gary Best among others, have all bought land at the exclusive ocean-view ‘Pradoville 2’ for a mere $5M per acre, representing the same amount that a middle income family in Guyana would have to pay for land if they were allowed to buy an acre from the Government in a much less affluent neighbourhood.
    But the unconscionable part is this: Jagdeo and all the President’s men who bought up Government land at ‘Pradovill 2’, should have paid over $28 million per acre for this waterfront location instead of $5M, if the land there was valued at $7M for 8,000 sq. ft., the same amount they’re expecting remigrants to pay.
    In a recent statement to the press referring to the land sale at ‘Pradoville 2’, Minister of Housing & Water, Irfaan Ali said, “The land itself was subject to approved valuation and sold at market value,” (Kaieteur News November 28, 2010). If this is true, would Minister Irfaan Ali inform the overseas Guyanese community why they are asked to pay $7M for a piece of land that measures only 8,000 sq. ft., in Providence or some other area; when prime waterfront property overlooking the majestic Atlantic Ocean at ‘Pradoville 2’ was sold at “market value” for a mere $1.25M per 10,890 sq. ft. (1/4 acre)? And if the land being sold to remigrants value six times that of ‘Pradoville 2’, why did the President and other ministers not build their homes there instead, and reserve ‘Pradoville 2’ for remigrants? There can only be four possible answers:
    Without thinking, some imbecile at the Housing Ministry may have decided that all overseas based Guyanese are wealthy and dumb, and would pack up everything and rush back to live in Guyana if the Administration rolls out the red carpet, regardless of the price of land.
    This is a deliberate scheme by the Government to rip off hard working Guyanese living abroad, to get much needed foreign currency into the country.
    This is a cleverly thought-out sinister plan to give us the false impression that the Administration is working diligently to provide incentives to encourage Guyanese living abroad to return home, when in fact they really don’t want us to do so. The reason being the significant economic role we play in subsidizing the Guyana economy. So Minister Ali announces the creation of a special housing community for remigrants, offering us land way above the market value, knowing that we’re too informed to fall for this.
    This I believe to be the most realistic of the four: Minister Irfaan Ali is overwhelmed with demands from locals, and is incapable of handling the distribution of land to remigrants. So he delegates the responsibility to some crony contractor who buys the land cheap from the Government, and hopes to make a killing from us. It ain’t gonna happen.
    Guyana is mostly under-populated for its size of 83,000 sq. miles, and the PPP/C Administration is right to encourage Guyanese living abroad to return home; but this is not the way to do it. As it is, Guyanese returning home at this time is very risky and dangerous as they’re likely to be targeted by bandits. So Minister Ali must sweeten the pot by offering remigrants the opportunity to buy land in Guyana at the same rate his super rich colleagues are getting it for: $5M per acre or $1.25M for a quarter of an acre. So we can use the rest of the money to open a small business and provide employment.
    Harry Gill

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