In light of what the Alliance For Change is calling a “misleading and erroneous” front page headline in today’s (April 15) edition of the Guyana Chronicle, the party is clarifying that at no time was it or any of its leaders aware of the appointment of Brian Tiwarie as Ministerial Advisor, prior to the public revelation.
In a press statement, the party said following the public revelation of same, party Leader Khemraj Ramjattan raised the issue with President David Granger and supports his decision to rescind the appointment.
However, in the Chronicle Article captioned “AFC was consulted…on BK’s appointment- Harmon,” the State Minister claims that the decision to appoint Tiwarie was not done unilaterally, but in consultation with the APNU and AFC.
Harmon, according to the article, also claims in a statement that “Over the period October 6, 2015 to February 8, 2016, 34 persons were identified on the recommendation of the Leader of the Alliance For Change (AFC), the General Secretary of the Peoples National Congress (PNC) and the General Secretary of A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) and the instruments were accordingly issued. Some of these appointments, particularly in the diaspora, received wide publicity.”
But, AFC said it was only aware of the appointments of Dr. Rohan Somar, Ron Alert, Ewart Marshall and Tameshwar Lilmohan as Diaspora Advisors. These appointments, AFC said were widely reported in the media.
The AFC claims that it had also recommended Floyd Haynes for the Diaspora Advisor appointment, but is, to date, unaware of if this was done.
The party reiterates that it was not consulted or informed of any advisor appointments other than those listed above.