When the removal of former Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Audrey Jardine-Waddell was made public, Director General of Ministry of Presidency, Joseph Harmon had said that the diplomat was being transferred. Soon after, President David Granger was quoted by News Room saying that the diplomat was being promoted instead of demoted.
However, almost two months later, the long-serving professional remains at home.
Guyana Standard was able to confirm that it is not a case where Jardine-Waddle was offered a new position but refused. In fact, the government has not even kept the line of communication open, on that front.
Meanwhile, a source said, “as all should know by now, all is not well at the Ministry (of Foreign Affairs) and some would say that Guyana’s Foreign Service is at an all-time low.”
Several sources indicated that Jardine-Waddell was sent packing because it was perceived that she was undermining the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karen Cummings.
It is a fact that Jardine-Waddell has been critical of Cummings as it is believed that the Minister, being a rookie, has not been making decisions that are best for Guyana, given the many critical circumstances facing the country.
Jardine-Waddell had even written President Granger highlighting some of her concerns relating to issues that were, in her opinion, not being handled properly.
When Cummings learned of the letter, she retaliated by complaining to the President that Jardine-Waddell is undermining her. Guyana Standard understands that the President never gave Jardine-Waddell a hearing.