Responding to the calls by the Opposition for the Vice President to step aside or be fired to allow a probe into the allegations of corruption leveled against him by a Chinese businessman, President Irfaan Ali today said the Vice President enjoys his full confidence.
The President believes the Vice President should also take legal action against the Vice News Agency and the journalist who filed the report.
In a message to News Source while departing for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, President Ali said the calls for the Vice President to resign are rubbish and the Opposition is trying to score political points.
“Absolute rubbish, as I said before there is not a shred of evidence with the greatest use of deception and secrecy to implicate the Vice President in any wrongdoing. The attempts by Norton to score cheap political points on a non-issue are part of his desperation in light of the tremendous strides of the Government”, President Ali said.
The Opposition believes that there should be an independent international probe following the allegations made by the Chinese businessman in the undercover VICE News report. The President said he is more interested in looking after the welfare of citizens.
“This government is focused on delivering a prosperous Guyana for all Guyanese. I am least interested in the sideshows and baseless targeting. The Vice President is pursuing the correct path with legal action which I have advised should extend to the Vice the network and the journalist but that is his call. The Vice President enjoys my full confidence”, Ali said.
Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo has indicated that he intends to take legal action against the Chinese businessman who made the claims and who he considered a close friend.
The businessman rented a house from the Vice President, just next door to his East Coast Demerara estate. In the Vice News piece, the businessman led the undercover person posing as a Chinese investor to the home of the Vice President where a meeting took place with the Vice President.
The Vice President has repeatedly indicated that the allegations against him are false.