Former Health Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, has called out the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for being silent on what he believes is a breach of the constitution by the David Granger administration.
In a missive to the media yesterday, Dr. Ramsammy said that the body’s silence is “shameful [and] disgraceful. He noted that while CARICOM remains silent, several blocs, including the 53-member Commonwealth, have spoken out for constitutional rule. The Organisation of American States (OAS), has also called for the end of political uncertainty.
Envois of the United State of America (USA), the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), have also pointed out that the government is in breach of the constitution after the 90-period elapsed following the validation of the no-confidence motion by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
Dr. Ramsammy in his letter noted, “One of the most frequently asked questions in Guyana today is why CARICOM is missing in action, silent as a doorknob. They are not really missing in action, they are jetting around the world, having a good life, not really silent, showing up everywhere talking about democracy everywhere excepting in Guyana, caring nothing whatsoever that democracy is dead in Guyana.”
The former minister said that while CARICOM remains silent, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) and other private sector bodies, the Guyana Bar Association, religious umbrella groups, trade unions, independent activists and political parties outside the government have all come out in condemnation.
“While local and international stakeholders are flexing their muscles in an effort to ensure Guyana returns to its fledgling democracy, CARICOM has been silent, stone-faced silent. It is shameful, disgraceful and, in fact, words are inadequate to describe CARICOM’s silence as Granger and APNU+AFC willfully violate and throw the constitution aside,” he noted.