In a strongly worded statement on Sunday afternoon, the Office of the Prime Minister has slammed a report in the Sunday edition of the Guyana Times about the Prime Minister losing line responsibilities in the government.
The Prime Minister’s office dismissed and rejected “the malicious, wicked and utterly false article” and issued a call on all Guyanese to “be aware of the campaign being executed by the Ramroop media group against the Coalition Government, particularly the Indo-Guyanese members and specifically Prime Minister and First Vice President, The Honourable Moses Nagamootoo.”
The Guyana Times article was also reproduced on the online media site, I-News. Both Guyana Times and I-News are owned and controlled by the Ramroop Media Group. That media group is owned by the Dr. Bobby Ramroop who is the best friend of the Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.
According to the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, “reeling from the abysmal failure of the PPP’s widespread call to supporters in North America to picket Prime Minister Nagamootoo on his current trip to New York, the Bharrat Jagdeo-facilitated Ramroop media group has resorted to its familiar tactic of manufacturing untruths and misinformation, attempting to pass it off as credible journalism.”
“This is vile, reprehensible, unprofessional and against all journalistic ethics and codes. OPM calls on all Guyanese to forthrightly condemn this dastardly politically directed campaign”, the statement said.
The Prime Minister’s office has also issued a call on the Guyana Press Association (GPA) to take note of the “trend of abuse of media for the purposes of political attacks, spreading misinformation, falsehoods and exciting the populace.”
President David Granger recently announced a number of new government and cabinet responsibilities being added to the Prime Minister’s portfolio. Previously, the PPP had dismissed the Prime Minister’s Public Information portfolio as being on the same level of an information officer under its government.
The government has also dismissed those statements and may have caught the opposition off guard with the recent announcement which has resulted in Mr. Nagamootoo being Leader of Government business in the National Assembly and in charge of the government portfolios for Public Information, Constitutional Reform, Governance, Supervising/coordinating functions with ministries involved with domestic affairs and Cabinet co-chair.
During the President’s recent address to the Parliament he made clear the direction in which he intends to see his government heading.
President Granger said “The Ministry of the Presidency has been reconfigured to combine the offices of the President, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ministers of State, Citizenship and Social Cohesion. This combination enhances governance and, especially through the Office of the Prime Minister, manages the government’s business and legislative agenda in the National Assembly.”
The Office of the Prime Minister said that statement has been “deliberately and mischievously” misrepresented by Guyana Times “for the purposes of its abominable and odious misinformation scheme.”