Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Leader of the Liberty and Justice Party, Lenox Shuman has claimed that his job as an Aviation Advisor to the government was recently threatened because of Facebook posts that he made criticizing the government.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Mr. Shuman explained that “I made two Facebook posts yielding a series of intimidation and threats ranging from the possibility of being fired from my job as Aviation Advisor to not given access to Government Services and being sidelined and blocked from doing business or executing anything in my name”.
He said he is already facing an interruption to doing business and while he has not received threats to his life, he would not rule out that possibility.
The Deputy Speaker spoke about the personal sacrifices he has made in order to return to Guyana to serve the people.
“As a person who surrendered a professional career, renounced my citizenship, returned to Guyana to help fix the system and fought for Democracy, I ask my fellow Guyanese at home and in the Diaspora to take note. We all have rights enshrined in the Constitution of Guyana to freedom of Political Association, Freedom of Speech, and to live in a safe environment among many others”, Shuman wrote.
The political leader said he has registered his concerns with the international missions in Guyana.
In a recent social media post, Mr. Shuman made reference to the 50% salary increase that was promised by the PPP during the elections campaign and the 7% that it recently announced for public servants.
The PPP government has since claimed that it never made any 50% salary increase promise, although there were campaign posters with the promised posted across the country.
Shuman’s Facebook post resulted in an avalanche of criticism from social media activists for the government and the PPP’s official Facebook page also called him out over the social media post.
He eventually removed the post.
Just after the last elections, Shuman was hired by the Government as an Aviation Advisor.
The PPP also used its majority in the National Assembly to elect him to the position of Deputy Speaker although he holds one seat as an Opposition MP and the Deputy Speaker spot usually goes to the largest Opposition party in the Assembly.