One month after the President announced the agreement for Charandass Persaud to no longer serve as Guyana’s High Commissioner to India and return home, Persaud continues to serve in the position.
The Alliance For Change (AFC) today said that it has confirmed that Charandass Persaud is still functioning as Guyana’s High Commissioner to India despite being recalled.
“The AFC has confirmed that despite the contents in an abhorrent and disgusting video that recently circulated of Charandass Persaud insulting an Indian citizen in vilest terms, he continues to function as Guyana’s High Commission to India,” the party said in a statement.
The AFC said it received reports of and was able to confirm, that Persaud is scheduled to be a “guest of honour” at the India Economic Trade Organisation’s (IETO) reception on Friday in India.
“All right-thinking Guyanese were embarrassed and insulted by Persaud’s behaviour and were relieved that he was being “recalled”. This, we were all led to believe, was with immediate effect. Apparently, and most unfortunately, the nation was hoodwinked, to put it mildly, once again, by a callous, insensitive and dishonorable regime. After all, Charandass Persaud’s behaviour now seems to have been embraced by the PPP, or could it have been a case of his mimicking their’s?,” the party questioned.
The AFC has alleged that both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the President himself are aware of, and approved Persaud’s continued functioning, and attendance at this state function. The AFC said it has communicated with the host to bring to his attention the disgrace that the presence of Charandass Persaud at the event can cause.
President Irfaan Ali when contacted today said the process of recall has already started and Persaud is clearing up, to hand over and return home.
Charrandas Persaud found himself in the middle of controversy in India after a woman filed a complaint against him with allegations of being verbally abused by him.
A video recording of Persaud berating the woman while using a number of expletives surfaced on social media a year after the incident, forcing the Government’s decision to recall him from the diplomatic post.