McCoy taking notes from Navin Prashad, the son of Minister of Tourism, who was charged with causing the death of a University student, and that case just disappeared from the courts, then the case of another Office of the President official Nanda Gopal which wasn’t even investigated, and how can we forget about earlier this year when Alexei Ramotar, the son PPP Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar ran down a man and got off, in fact the same investigating police officer got a big raise and promotion a few months after the incident. Then there is the policeman that was rundown by Minister Kellawan Lall, then once again nothing became of the other incident involving Kellawan Lall hitting down two people on a motorcycle. The PPP and their cronies commit crimes against the average Guyanese and no one is held accountable.
OCTOBER 26, 2011 | BY KNews | FILED UNDER News
“Just because he wukkin wid de President, he feel he could do whatever he like to people and de police can’t do he nothing.”
The words of an angry mother, whose 22-year-old daughter, Natalia Ross, was hospitalized overnight after she was allegedly run over by a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) driven by Information Liaison to President Bharat Jagdeo, Kwame McCoy.
Roxanne McKenzie is terribly upset that McCoy is apparently being allowed to get off scot-free for what she described a deliberate act.
“You know who is Kwame? De police can’t touch he!” exclaimed one of the eyewitnesses to the incident, which occurred around 00:15 hours yesterday on Robb Street near the junction with Albert Street. The victim has reportedly suffered severe concussions and bruises about her body.
This newspaper understands that the incident stemmed from an earlier altercation between volunteers from two major political parties over the erection of campaign material in Georgetown.
According to reports, volunteers from the ruling PPP/C were erecting posters on lamp posts along Regent Street when they were confronted by several persons who objected to the “obscuring of another party’s campaign material.”
This led to a heated argument and the PPP/C volunteers summoning McCoy.
The PPP/C volunteers subsequently went to Robb Street where they continued to carry out their duties and again another verbal confrontation ensured.
McKenzie, who was at a residence at Robb and Albert Streets, told this newspaper that her daughter Natalia Ross and her aunt were heading there from a party nearby when they observed the confrontation in front of their home.
“They were making joke with some boys who were putting up a plaque, telling them don’t knock de lantern post too hard because wood ants eating it out and it gon fall down…anyway, Mr. Kwame come up in me daughter and me sister face and start talking and busing,” McKenzie told Kaieteur News.
Ross, who was discharged from hospital yesterday afternoon, told this newspaper that she was jokingly warning the men against hammering on the post lest it caused a problem with the electricity to their house when McCoy intervened.
“He came up and told the men, ‘allyuh do me wuk because I paying y’all. Don’t bother with people.’ then he asked me if the lamp post is me own and I tell he ‘no is GPL own’,” Ross related.
She claimed that McCoy became more aggressive and began pointing his fingers in her aunt’s face, leading to Ross forcefully upbraiding him.
“I tell he talk but don’t touch and he tell me shut me mouth, I gon see wha gon happen to me, he gon show me he is who.”
The woman said that McCoy then left and went to his vehicle which was parked on the other side of the road.
“I really thought that he was going to his vehicle to call the police to come and arrest me, but then I see these two bright lights coming and that was it,” Ross recalled.
She never regained consciousness until three hours later at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.
Her mother related that she too would have been struck down had she not jumped out of the way.
According to McKenzie, as her daughter lay sprawled on the parapet, McCoy drove away and returned a few minutes later, still “ranting and raving.”
“I tell he I gon call the media and he tell me he ain’t frighten dem, he does deal with dem everyday,” McKenzie stated.
By then the police had arrived and were so preoccupied with getting the injured woman to the hospital that they paid no attention to McCoy.
McKenzie then went to the Alberttown Police Station where she made a report.
Kaieteur News understands that McCoy has given the police no official report on the matter.
When contacted by this newspaper last evening, McCoy denied that he was involved in any incident that led to the woman receiving injuries.
“I don’t have no time with people and their ignorance. I am not going to be part of the PNC/APNU drama to stir up a confrontation,” McCoy said, adding that he will not be distracted from carrying out his work.
But when asked how the woman received injuries that caused her to be hospitalised, McCoy replied “my vehicle did not come into contact with anyone. My workers called me and told me that she, the woman, threw herself down and began screaming.”
“Did they tell you that she was drunk. I don’t care, I am surprised that you called me,” McCoy told a reporter from this newspaper.
This is not the first time that McCoy has been involved in an incident like this. He was previously accused of driving his vehicle on another woman during a protest action in the city.
He was never charged. He was also accused to have been in an incident which involved the damaging of a vehicle belonging to social activist Mark Benschop . The police have not yet taken any decisive action in that matter.
“I can’t understand this thing because you working with the government and nobody can’t say nothing. People could drive over you and talk up and go away and lef you lying down pon de parapet,” McKenzie told this newspaper.
“When he don knock down me daughter, he drive away and come back fuh bad up and buse. I was not afraid when he came back like he brandishing a gun because when I see me daughter lie down deh, I done say is best Kwame kill me, is only because he had a gun and he had he people with he. But I need justice fuh me daughter,” she added.
McKenzie said that words cannot explain how she is feeling now that the police appear to have taken no action.
“We de poor people is like nothing, because he wukkin in de government, he can do whatever he want to do to people. I don’t find that is right at all,” she stated.
According to the woman, the police appear to have already taken a position since she overheard an officer at the Alberttown Station saying that her daughter had walked into McCoy’s vehicle.
“Dis man got plenty power. He got more power than de president how dis man operate. Thank God he ain’t kill my daughter,” McKenzie stated.
Written by Paul Sanders
My two cents: President Bharrat Jagdeo should have you worried again.
His so-called Appreciation Day last Friday assumed that somehow Guyana has been all hunky dory under his watch, and that is a classic trope of fascists.
His raw enthusiasm is enough to tire an elephant and his messianic intensity can only be tolerated in short doses. He is very much like a high-power fluorescent light; in other words, he gives you an instant headache.
Perhaps the godly Juan Edghill has it right. Against the background of a propaganda portrait of President Bharrat Jagdeo, magnificent in a red tie, Edghill asserted that he was “keeping with what the scripture says…”
The righteous man continued with the horoscope: “There is an energy and synergy developed around this appreciation that is quite healthy. Some of the persons who have contacted me as one of the organizers of this activity are not people who have voted for Bharrat Jagdeo for president.”
Wait a minute. Back that truck up. Who are they? What the? Are you kidding?
So that twinkle in the eyes of this pious man at the news conference a week earlier as he fretted, was the telling look of a huckster who knows he was pulling a fast one on Guyana. He was socking it up to the nation in the name of the Lord. Recall, the sorcerers of ancient Egypt were doing the same thing, too. Hallelujah.
An embattled chairman of the Ethnic Relations Committee who hobnobs with the “Friends of Jagdeo,” and the pro-government body called the Federation of Independent Trades Union, Edghill’s startling performance was nothing short of rank unorthodox concealment of motives.
Juan Edghill may be a rodeo and radio clown whose grasp of history is what you’d expect from a college dropout, but he is also smart enough to know that using such motives is how Hitler and the Nazis rose to power.
Guyanese need to thank God for Reverend Kwame Gilbert, too, who claims he makes official state visit on behalf of the Jagdeo administration. He shot off a nice ecclesiastical letter to the press hoping to clear up confusion about “attempts to deify” President Jagdeo. The wizard, skilled in wisdom, did exactly that while simultaneously apotheosizing the president and sanctifying the Appreciation Day event.
In normal times, false prophets and brown-nosers alike who use esoteric pitch might leave the public bemused, bewildered or just bored. But these aren’t normal times, and the boisterous crowd on-demand that was bused, trucked, chauffeured in at the Providence Stadium – just like the Babylonian folks who assembled before Nebuchadnezzar – roared its approval.
Yeah, the people came, and stood before the king; they came with great readiness and willingness, esteeming it a great honor done them to be sent by the king; they sang and danced awaiting his will and pleasure.
George Orwell would have felt at home here. He would have recognized the rewriting of history. The event was so suffused with awareness that President Jagdeo has lost the public’s confidence long ago. And yes, the cyber world of bloggers gingerly await the Indian essay from lousy poet at the poll station; he likes to speak like Charles Manson.
Of course. At the NCN, Guyana Chronicle and the Guyana Times, one can find a people in denial and suffering delusions as they continue to deceive themselves into believing the world is buying that kind of turd.
All religions have a magical aspect. And in the tabernacle of the PPP, magical knowledge and power emanates from the gods and is bestowed upon the king and his substitutes: the religious spokesmen – the less exalted, who do not deal with life and death but with more mundane issues like good luck charms, enchantments, astrology, and serious propaganda.
The significance of Edghill and Gilbert was to interpret the Divine communication through the magic formulas, or incantations and the secret sciences of political occultism, and to extol the Guyanese fascist to blissful eminence. These scribes have brought to the altar the sacrifice of their conscience to make favorable before their Highness, and by their arts endeavored to avert the threatened misfortune of a bad election year.
What else can be made of the tribute to President Bharrat Jagdeo’s “contribution to the economic, social and political transformation of Guyana?”
It’s just a sad, dark day for intelligence and common sense in this country. The exponents of “transformation” are eager to keep people in the dark. The constant blackouts have cast a shadow on the country’s new heights of economic achievement.
Factories grind to a halt; essential services are immobilized and basic existence becomes a burden. No one needs that story from the snow cone man. And just when you think it’s as dark as it can get, you realize that there are men of God who can make it even darker.
Celebrate Guyana, celebrate. Stop in awe and begin to think how Guyana has morphed from Burnham’s era of “kick down the door” bandits to present day gun battles playing fiercely out on the streets; gun runnings linked to the military and police; massacres like the ones at Lusignan, Bartica and Lindo Creek; daily murders, good enough for a movie script; spectacular Hollywood style hold ups, daring sea pirates; government sponsored killing machines such as the “Phantom Squads;” and a host of anti-life orchestration all happening in an equal opportunity manner.
That’s the transformation Guyana celebrates. Moving from bad to worse. And it’s getting dangerously worse. Nothing is sacred. Under the PPP, Guyana has drifted from a pathetic Co-operative Socialist Republic (of the Burnham kind) steadily to the invidious position of a failed state and into a narco-state.
Drugs and money laundering that accompany; killings and sleek trafficking that associate with the industry are all ubiquitously synonymous with the Jagdeo Adminstration. So synonymous that the president is pointedly referred to as“Drugdeo” in bloggersphere.
In this democracy, there is a premium for being a jerk; just listen to the caustic forcefulness of folks like Clement Rohee, Kellawan Lall, OP’s poster boy Kwame McKoy and the rising superstar Minister Irfan Ali.
And while the president and his associates continue to appreciate themselves, the rest of Guyana must make a judgment on how their lives measure up against the lives of the Guyanese rulers or their children. Case in point: the issue of Minister Manniram Prashad’s son vehicular homicide of a UG student; and the attitudes of the ruling class in the aftermath.
And what about the scams, too numerous and too fast to keep apace with? What does it say about transformation? It speaks eloquently about the conspiracy of family and best friends; the tangled tale of criminality and massive corruption, of politicians, government officials in thrall to the power of unsavory businessmen of the underworld. It is the quotidian existence.
Corruption is not only rampant; it is an epidemic. It is the new normal; another catharsis for “transformation” attributed by President Jagdeo. Shrewd business activity requires an ear to the vicissitudes of the administration; a razor sharp knowledge of the extent of the inherent venality in the system, and ruthless street smarts to equalize the equation.
That sounds like Ed Ahmad- an aficionado of alleged political gangsta-ism; the haughtiness and a personal friend of President Jagdeo. Ed is the quintessential example of how big money allegedly courts big corruption with the big boys at the top. Even as more details unfold about his $50 million alleged fraud in the U.S., and as prosecutors move for more indictments against him, Ed Ahmad provides the best example of how much accessibility money can buy, with the right moves.
It is the pace of commerce in Guyana. Getting “in” practically means ripping a page out of the “Who ya know” handbook; and guaranteed prosperity and success demands a kind of obsequiousness that graduates into an entitlement of the government franchise. But it requires a repudiation of self esteem and integrity supplemented by a stomach for violence – literally or metaphorically.
Say it ain’t so. For decades there have been two main forces in Guyanese politics: the Indo and Afro world outlook, alternately holding power and seeking it – by whatever means. Which means the exploitation of the race card.
How far (or close) has President Jagdeo brought the two races harmoniously together? No need to think; it’s not a tricky question. There is nothing too highbrow in his utterances when he seeks the audience in the East Indian strongholds.
It is almost a paradox that many East Indians who are traditional supporters of the PPP, and who have maintained a sense of self worth had to choose to escape – legally and illegally – to North American and, more recently, into the Caribbean islands to pursue their economic survival. These skilled men have had the sad realization that their ” Apaan Jhaat” votes did not translate into prosperity, but effectively transformed them into “runaways.”
What the Appreciation Day was intended to achieve, at a cost of more than $100 million – some of it “protection” money paid by business entities, in terms of election propaganda was to turn the tide against the revelations of Wiki leaks. Appreciation Day was meant to prop the mighty leader in order to outshine the damage of the cables.
Instead, it turned out to be a fiasco. Wiki leaks did not go away. The cables were a wicked deluge of a mess. Day after day Wiki leaks provides another confirmation of what the public already know about the inner workings of the PPP and the disgraceful Jagdeo cabal. And the responses by Donald Ramotar and President Jagdeo are further confirmation that these are indeed arrogant men.
So what are the lessons of the “transformation” of the Jagdeo kind? It tells us of a dangerous regional development: of all theCaribbean leaders, President Jagdeo’s tenure as a politician is not a catalog of triumphs.
And the Manchurian candidate, Donald Ramotar, whose image is built on the stellar combination of whims and idiosyncrasies of a fascist leader, is aiming at the presidency. He is a unique affliction that plagues Guyanese politics.
Where is everybody?
By Stabroek staff
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
President Bharrat Jagdeo is of the view that crime in the region cannot be solved by crafting regional organizations and is suggesting that the place where there will be greater impact on crime is in the domestic jurisdiction.
After refusing free help from the UK to protect the nation, Jagdeo once again does not want foreigners to be able to examine the security apparatus his PPP government have in place, why is this?
Maybe if foreigners are involved people linked to the PPP would not get away with crimes against the nation and the Guyanese public. Cases like those involving Manniram Prashad’s son Navin Prashad will not disappear, proper police investigations would take place in the cases like those involving Donald Ramotar’s son Alexei Ramotar, or that of Office of the president Nanda Gopal, or Minister Kellawan Lall rum shop fiasco. The Phantom Squad murders, the Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan fiasco, the Minister Clement Rohee refugee scandal.
A recent visit to Guyana left me mentally and physically drained. This despondency was not the result of some political decision, but the wanton destruction of the environment.
Guyana continuously imports plastics for its use, either as bags or some other form such as wrappings, but then no plan that is efficient, at disposing, or removing the discarded plastics from the environment. The discarded plastics are seen floating away in the trenches and canals when it rains, only to gather and clog the waterway exits at major run off points.
This non-plan, to remove garbage, has left the landscape inundated with non-biodegradable refuse that has transformed Georgetown and other areas from the Garden City to the ‘Trash City’.
Everywhere one goes, there is trash littering the streets indicative by the compilation of the mounds of plastics in every waterway and open space.
It is easy to blame the government for the unwanted filth that greets every concerned person, but the dilemma is due to the total disregard for the environment by the citizens of Guyana. This garbage problem is not only the responsibility of the government, but is also caused by the citizens that take no pride in how the cities and waterways across the country look.
If some pride existed, then there would be a collaborated effort, by all, not to discard trash so conveniently by just tossing plastic refuse with ease.
The waterway of Commerce Street is a total disgrace. A quick glance of the said waterway induces instant nausea and signifies over indulgence with the way food is consumed and disposed. The area around the courts is also despicable and needs to be garbage neutral.
It may have been explainable if only a few areas within the city were filthy, but it seems as though this scourge is supported by a nasty national behaviour. Every where I travelled in Guyana there are tons of plastics and other garbage piled in every open spot.
The national pride that Guyanese had about their country seems to have been completely dissipated; for when I objected to a young man throwing a plastic wrapper onto the streets, his answer was “why don’t I pick it up”. His repugnant behaviour was not influenced by my asking him to be tidy instead he nonchalantly acted as though I was the offender.
If his attitude is endemic and typical of the majority of Guyanese then more drastic efforts on the part of the government is necessary to make the country appear clean again.
There is a solution to this problem, but it is dependent on the government ensuring that all bags and wrappers imported are made of paper. Paper wrappings are degradable and with time would disappear.
Even if some plastics are substituted by paper bags and paper wrappers this small change would significantly reduce the build up of garbage. However, other methods should be in place to serve as a deterrent to this unhealthy consumption pattern so widely displayed by the citizens of Guyana. Tickets should be issued by street patrols (police) to anyone caught throwing refuge garbage on the streets. Convenient trash collectors should also be at every corner. The fines collected from issuing tickets should be used only to defray the collection of refuse and not to supplement other expenditures not related to garbage collection.
In Canada citizens are fined heavily if they have been caught littering. Repeat offenders are fined more heavily for throwing candy wrappers or other refuse on the streets. Results are the streets are clean, in fact much more than they are in Guyana. One would agree that any fine to the citizens would be a financial burden, but there is also a greater financial burden inherent when garbage is so easily dispose on public lots and open spaces.
Let us imagine how the city looks to those who have not visited Guyana before this callous behaviour became so prevalent. The impression they leave with would not be too pleasing to the people of Guyana. The tales they tell would only reinforce the impression that Guyana is poor and also very dirty.
Let us all make a concerted effort to beautify the land many of us claim to love so dearly.
Close to a month after Local Government Minister Kellawan Lall allegedly gun-whipped a young man and fired off his weapon indiscriminately in a brawl near an East Coast Demerara rum shop, the authorities are yet to decide whether his actions were criminal.
Up to yesterday, Stabroek News could not elicit a comment from either the police or the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) Chambers as to the status of the investigation.
Commander of ‘C’ Division Leroy Brummel had told this newspaper that detectives had completed a report which was sent to the DPP for advice. DPP Shalimar Ali-Hack has not made any ruling as yet and Stabroek News made numerous attempts to get a comment from her but was unsuccessful.
President Bharrat Jagdeo, at a press conference last month, said he was not going to sack the gun-toting minister, neither was he going to ask him to step aside to facilitate an investigation, as the minister was in not in the way.
A number of opposition parties and civic groups had called for the administration to take action against the minister who reportedly settled the matter with the teenager, Joseph Doodnauth, out of court.
Lall had allegedly gun-butted the teen in the forehead, fired off his gun and jammed him with his vehicle during a drunken row over a woman on November 18 at a bar at Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara.
Lall has since refused to comment on the issue in the media.
Jagdeo had also said at that press conference that he had a look at the police report and had a talk with Lall. He said the Commissioner of Police told him that neither party wanted to pursue the matter, but the issue of Lall discharging his weapon was being further investigated. Yesterday both the Commissioner of Police and the Commander of ‘C’ Division were unavailable.
A high-ranking police officer and members of the legal fraternity have argued that while Lall and Doodnauth could agree to settle the assault aspect of the case, with regard to the minister firing off his weapon it was left up to the DPP to decide on this. An official at the DPP’s Chambers said the case was being studied. Lall was asked to surrender his weapon to the police following the incident.
Doodnauth had told this newspaper in an interview that the minister has a relationship with his aunt who lives at Montrose. The young man said that on the night in question, the minister had picked up his aunt and they had gone to a barbecue at a bar at Vryheid’s Lust.
Doodnauth said he went to the barbecue sometime later with another relative and saw his aunt standing with the minister. He said he called her over, but after she had been standing with him for a while, the minister approached them and began using expletives. He said after cursing, the minister who had a bottle of Carib Beer in his hand left, but subsequently returned and cursed him again. After the minister did this for a third time, Doodnauth said, he became angry and rebuked him.
An argument ensued and the government official allegedly took out his firearm and hit the teenager on the forehead with it. It caused a deep wound, and with blood gushing down his face, Doodnauth said, he left the rum shop for his aunt’s home. The young man said he was pursued by the minister who drove his vehicle close to him and allegedly jammed him. He did not fall, but the minister emerged from his vehicle and allegedly fired several gunshots in the air. He also threatened him. Doodnauth said he and the minister had settled the matter, adding that it was a family issue.
Nothing ever became of this, the same minister was beaten up by different woman in another rumshop a few months later.