Guyana Times owner Bobby Ramroop did get radio licence
Bharrat Jagdeo collectively, the former attempted to divert attention and misrepresent the fact that it was indeed he who had received one of the 12 radio licences recently issued by government.
Ramroop, in his tirade, instead of addressing the issue at hand, chose to attack the publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall.
Lall had called the move on the part of Jagdeo a vindictive act — issuing Dr Ramroop with a radio licence while denying the Stabroek News and Kaieteur News’ applications.
The Kaieteur News Publisher said, “Jagdeo’s refusal to issue my entity along with the Stabroek News, radio licences, demonstrates more and more how he (Jagdeo) selectively dictated who got what under his watch…. for QAII (Queen’s Atlantic Investments Incorporated) to be issued with a radio licence, clearly illustrates Jagdeo’s scampish, vindictive and deceitful nature which embodies cronyism…If Guyana Times can get a licence before Stabroek and Kaieteur News then Guyana has reached the bottom of the pit.”
Lall had further stated that “this is an insult to the nation and nobody should sit quietly and swallow it.”
Ramroop, in his attack, sought to label Lall as delusional, envious and opined that he (Lall) “has Jagdeo in his brains 24 hours a day”.
The KN publisher said that delusional is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as “an idiosyncratic belief or impression maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.
It is also defined as having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions…maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness.
Lall said that it is clearly NO DELUSION “the relationship that Dr Bobby Ramroop shares with Bharrat Jagdeo”.
Dr Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop
He said that “It is NO DELUSION the illegality with which he (Dr Bobby Ramroop) acquired a complex worth billions of dollars for next to nothing.”
Lall continued: “It is NO DELUSION that he bought a television station and then acquired the licence to transmit, something the law does not permit.”
The Laws of Guyana would not make it permissible for a licence to be transferred.
While Dr Ramroop acquired the television station VCT 28 and subsequently renamed it TVG, it is unclear how he was allowed to transmit on a spectrum for which the non-transferable licence was in the name of Anthony Vieira.
As it relates to being envious, “I am not certain what Ramroop is alluding to. If he is implying that I have a problem with his and Jagdeo’s relationship, then I would seek to remind him that I too once shared a friendly relationship with the then President, and he also attempted to lure me with lucrative concessions but my conscience did not, would not and will never allow me to clinch at anything illegal or immoral.”
Speaking to Dr Ramroop’s assertion about “having Jagdeo on his mind 24 hours a day” Lall said that he (Ramroop) is 100 per cent correct.
“I honestly believe that every single decent-minded and law-abiding Guyanese certainly has Jagdeo on his mind, heart and soul, for the wrong things he has done to this nation.
Lall also reminded that the Kaieteur News will be publishing a revealing and in-depth investigative expose very soon to highlight what the Jagdeo presidency did to the nation.
“I will not rest comfortably until they are brought to justice and sent to jail, whether here or in a foreign land,” Lall stated emphatically.
The Queen’s Atlantic Investment Inc owner (Ramroop) in his outburst continued by saying that the Guyana Times, a newspaper he owns, never made an application for radio licence or received one.
Dr Ramroop is quoted in his media outfit as saying, “He’s (Glenn Lall) probably alluding to the licence secured by Channel 28, but that is a horse of a completely different colour.”
Publisher of Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall
This Lall called another attempt on the part of Ramroop to “pull wool or a mane over the eyes of the Guyanese people because both horses (Guyana Times and TVG), are owned by Dr Ramroop and Jagdeo.”
Dr Ramroop also complained that the Kaieteur News is “publishing lies in an effort to malign and assassinate his (Dr Ramroop) character and his companies.”
To this end, Lall countered by saying that he does not believe that either Jagdeo or Dr Ramroop actually understand what it means to have good character.
On the issue of Dr Ramroop’s companies which fall under QAII, “I will let the nation know, like I said, very soon about them.”
Lall said that one of the many characteristics which defines him is the fact that “if you can’t stand for something in this life, you will fall for anything.”
“I fought Jagdeo and his entire cabal to his last day…Not only Guyana knows it, but the world and the people of this country are testimony to that. I once confronted Jagdeo and told him in no uncertain terms that he doesn’t own anything, so he can’t give neither can he take anything from me. God owns everything and He decides what is for you (Jagdeo) and what is for me in this life.”
This conversation was in relation to Jagdeo’s blatant intimidation of Dr. Yesu Persaud. He had instructed Guyana Revenue Authority officers to investigate and examine the accounts of Demerara Distillers Limited, simply because Dr. Persaud spoke out against the illegal concessions granted to Dr. Ramroop and QAII.
The latest imbroglio stems from a recent announcement made by Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon, that TVG owned by Dr Ramroop had been granted a radio licence by Jagdeo.
When Luncheon was asked about the applications from Stabroek News and Kaieteur News Dr Luncheon retorted, “I’ll pretend I didn’t hear that.”