PPP/C not interested in “victor-loser syndrome” – Opposition Leader
…says public servants will not be subjected to
retribution or triumphalism as practised by APNU/AFC
Under a new People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) Administration, there will be no witch-hunting or political cleansing as has been the practice of the current APNU/AFC Government.
This is according to Opposition Leader and the Party’s General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, who during his weekly press briefing on Thursday stated that many persons are concerned about job security and those of their families and friends.
“Most people believe that the PPP will win the elections and they are worried about triumphalism and witch-hunting and all of that. Let me assure all Guyanese, including those who are worried about these issues, there will be no acts of triumphalism. For us, we see Guyana as very, very important, for all of our people, we have no interest in the victor-loser syndrome or people just engaging in acts of retribution of triumphalism”.
He added that the PPP/C is geared towards repairing the damages that were made to the country’s economy under the APNU/AFC coalition and focused on the further development of the nation. Jagdeo pointed out that his Party will in no way participate in “retribution” acts.
“I can assure them that not with the PPP. Not a single act of triumphalism about us winning and the other side losing etc…people don’t have to worry about losing jobs etc; the few who are doing the wickedness along with the Ministers etc, they have to worry a lot…but 99 per cent of the people who are working in the public sector and everywhere else, they can only look forward to a better life under us and so, we have no interest in retribution or anything of that sort.”
After taking office in 2015, the coalition Government embarked on a massive witch-hunting exercise. Several senior Government employees under the previous administration were fired and/or had their contracts not renewed. In other instances, several persons were charged by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) but there were no convictions. In some instances, the charges were dismissed by the court.
Just last month, several Guyanese diplomats who served in foreign states were fired by the David Granger-led Administration but the President had downplayed the issue stating that his administration’s actions were “just a planned change”.
Shortly after, the President noted that this decision had been made after the elections were announced for March 2, 2020.
Meanwhile, since 2015, scores of persons have said that they unjustly lost their jobs because of their perceived political affiliation.