The Press and Publicity Unit of the Office of the President on Tuesday evening did not deny the statements made by President Ramotar in response to criticism from an amerindian man during a recent meeting, but said it wanted to authenticate the recording.
In the recording released on Tuesday, the President could be heard during a village meeting at Aishalton warning a villager about his criticism of former President Jagdeo.
Ramotar told the villager “You don’t know anything about Jagdeo; if he been here, he might have slap you, cause you stupid”.
According to the Office of the President, “the specific incident being referred to involves the hinterland resident who attempted to disrupt the President’s public meeting using invectives, insulting and disparaging language towards Former President Bharrat Jagdeo.”
The Office of the President said that “the highlighting of this incident some three weeks (3) after it is alleged to have taken place smacks of desperation on the part of the political opposition and its media outfits, and is no doubt an attempt to remain relevant particularly since Guyanese recently rejected the opposition’s calls to disrupt the Christmas season.”
The recording was delivered to the media by a young amerindian man who said he was slapped just after the meeting by a Presidential guard because he challenged the President about some of the statements he was making during the meeting. The Office of the President has never said anything about that claim by the school teacher even after a police investigation was launched.
Filed: 30th December, 2014