Former President Bharrat Jagdeo used some of his time on stage at Sunday’s People’s Progressive Party rally at Linden to launch an attack member of A Partnership for National Unity and former Member of Parliament, Vanessa Kissoon.
Kissoon has fired back at the former President for his remarks describing her alleged involvement in disrupting PPP public meetings as “thuggery”.
In a stronly worded statemen to the media, Kissoon said Jagdeo is in no position to describe anyone of thuggish behaviour when it was he who presided over Guyana as President with “brute force and thuggery”
She described Jagdeo as nothing more than a “big mouth bully” who is still to answer to the nation over how he treated his former partner Varshnie Singh, who had complained that she was kicked out of the State House by Jagdeo while she was the nation’s First Lady.
“It is thuggery when he locked Ms. Varshnie Singh out of the Presidential suite, denying her food, clothes, money, vehicle, and drove fear into persons not to support her Kids First Foundation.”
She added that it was under the Jagdeo presidency that hundreds of Guyanese were murdered by drug dealers who admitted that they were being supported by the PPP government. The PPP has always denied that charge.
She said if there was any doubt of Jagdeo’s “thuggish” behaviour, it was confirmed by President Ramotar when he was caught on tape warning an Amerindian teacher that “if Jagdeo been here, he would have slapped you because you stupid”, after the teacher objected to the President’s attacks on the opposition at an Aishalton meeting.
Kissoon said it was clear why the President brought the former President back on the campaign trail.
The former Member of Parliament said Guyanese should understand that it was under the Jagdeo Presidency that Guyana became the “most corrupt and lawless country in the Caribbean”, adding that when it comes to thuggery, Jagdeo may have earned himself another honorary doctorate.
“I have no problem with him calling me a thug because it takes a thug to deal with him and I don’t have a problem dealing with him. The present PPP is a clan of thugs”, Kissoon said.
Mr. Jagdeo has been coming under criticism for his many utterances on the campaign trail. He has described the members of the opposing party leadership as “jackasses” and was singled out in the report of the Media Monitoring Unit of the Guyana Elections Commission for making a “racially divisive” speech at Babu John during the Dr. Cheddi Jagan memorial.
Filed: 14th April, 2015