Opposition Leader Joe Harmon slammed the arrest of former Finance Minister Winston Jordan today as nothing more than witch-hunting by the PPP Civic government.
In a statement, the Opposition Leader described the arrest as a vile, malicious and vindictive act of political witch-hunting by the government.
“The arrest of former Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, is not evidence-based, but is rooted in depravity. The PPP is bent on harassing and tormenting the lives of coalition members and supporters. There is absolutely no justification for Mr. Jordan’s arrest other than the fact that he continues to expose the PPP’s mismanagement and misuse of the treasury since they were installed into office. His recent remarks that the PPP has already borrowed more money than what we have received thus far from oil has clearly upset the PPP. What we see here today is a clear case of excess use by the state in an attempt to silence those who seek to expose them”, Mr. Harmon said.
The Opposition Leader said the PPP must know that the Opposition will not accept its actions.
In a separate statement, the People’s National Congress Reform also condemned the arrest.
The PNC said the arrest was clearlymade on trumped-up charges aimed at intimidating the former Minister, his family and the Guyanese population at large.
The PNCR said it stands by Mr. Jordan who distinguished himself as the Minister of Finance during the Coalition’s administration.
The PNC said the government’s “misuse of SOCU and its resort to Gestapo tactics and inhumane treatment against members of the Coalition administration is no more than political witch-hunting aimed at distracting the citizens from its mismanagement of the nations’ finances, the Covid-19 Pandemic, economic and financial discrimination, rising costs of living, increased poverty, rising crime and a fast return of Guyana as a narcotic state”.
In a statement, SOCU said Mr. Jordan will be charged for signing the vesting order for the previous government’s sale of wharf facilities to BK Construction at a price SOCU believes was below market value.