Fighting against the allegations made by a Chinese businessman that he accepts bribes to land government projects, Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo today said his hands are clean and the Chinese businessman who he considered a friend abused their friendship by making the claims.
At a press conference at the Office of the President this afternoon, Mr. Jagdeo said the US-based Vice News Agency failed in what he saw as an attempt by the news agency to tie him to corrupt activities in government.
He said even in the recorded conversation in his house by an undercover person working for Vice who posed as a Chinese investor, there was nothing said there that could prove that he was involved in bribe-taking.
“I have known this guy like I know a lot of people in this country. I spoke exactly the truth then and in the interview…being friends with me doesn’t mean that you can abuse the friendship and that is what he has done, now that I have seen the interview and what he said outside of the meeting”, the VP told reporters.
In the Vice News story, the Chinese businessman Su Zhirong was secretly recorded telling the other man posing as an investor that he handles business for Jagdeo and that money would have to be paid to the Vice President. The Vice President has rejected the claims.
Mr. Jagdeo said he believes the entire purpose of the report was to catch him in the act of bribe-taking and tie that to relations between Guyana and China.
Chinese businessman, Mr. Su rented a property from the Vice President but has not been seen at the property over the past few months. The Vice President said he intends to evict him from the property and file legal action against him as soon as he is able to locate him.