…says accusation a political gimmick by APNU/AFC
“It would appear as though these political operatives would go at any level to smear my good name which I have maintained throughout my public life from the commencement of my career as [a] teacher”
– Brentnol Ashley
The Region One (Barima-Waini) Chairman, Brentnol Ashley, has refuted an article published in sections of the media which alleged that he sexually assaulted a 22-year-old special needs man.
In a statement to the media, the Chairman said he believes that the accusation is being instigated by the A Partnership for National Unity/ Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government officials in the region who have been continuously targeting him.
“From my entry into politics in 20l5, I have been subjected as a young man to all sorts of attacks on my character. These attacks intensified after the 20l8 Local Government Elections in which the APNU/AFC suffered a massive defeat in Mabaruma. This allegation is intended to diminish my effectiveness as a leader of the PPP and also Regional Chairman in light of the impending national elections,” Brentnol said.
The Chairman assured the residents in the region that the allegation is a mere attempt to stain his name and is false and wholly malicious.
He added that he has since contacted his lawyer who is presently examining the best way forward. Brentnol explained that the allegation is a “direct result of the desperation of the APNU/AFC clique, who is faced with defeat all around them, especially with the successful no-confidence motion which necessitates the Government having to face new elections at which they will be defeated again”.
The Chairman further went on to say that just recently the members of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) experienced racist treatment by the new APNU/AFC Regional Executive Officer who was sent from Georgetown.
“It would appear as though these political operatives would go at any level to smear my good name which I have maintained throughout my public life from the commencement of my career as [a] teacher,” he said.
In an article published in another section of the print media, the Chairman was accused of sexually assaulting a 22-year-old man, who has a mental issue and was under his care.