While still shying away from the media, Minister of State, Joe Harmon believes that there is an “organised campaign” to damage his reputation.
Harmon would not speak to the media but has been speaking to his Press Secretary and in a statement on her Facebook page, she quoted the embattled Minister as declaring that he is not concerned with the “organised campaign” against him.
Harmon, who continues to come under criticism over his now revoked appointment of Brian Tiwarie as an Advisor and his alleged interference in a GRA matter involving BaiShanLin, has been ducking from the national media.
His statement through his press secretary came on the same day that the Kaieteur News published a photograph of his recent trip to China.
The photograph shows the Minister along with the Chairman of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Larry London, and Legal Counsel for NICIL, Natalia Seepersaud, posing in what appears to be a private jet with executives of the BaiShanLin company.
It is unclear why London accompanied the Minister on the trip.
As far as the President has revealed, Harmon should have been accompanied on the trip by just the NICIL official. It appears as though he was also accompanied by Larry London and Brian Tiwarie.
According to Harmon’s Press Secretary, Malaika Ramsey, “Minister Harmon says he has always felt that it was the people who elected him, and the people who elected the Coalition Government, and it is the people who decide whether or not that government is performing – not one or two news paper columnist or one or two persons who write news paper articles.”
She added that the Minister of State said the “President has spoken on the matter definitively, and he respects the President’s judgement and therefore he (the Minister of State)need not say more.”
The President’s statement on the matter came before it was revealed that Harmon met with BaiShanLin executives during the China trip. He was in China on official government business to deal with another Chinese company that had bought the Government’s 20% stake in GTT under the last government.
During his Friday night Public Interest television programme, President Granger said he expected the Minister to speak on the issues being raised as he promised to do earlier in the week.
Harmon told News Source last week that he would have been issuing a written statement on the issues. The written statement is still to be issued.