Leader of the Opposition, Joseph Harmon has submitted to the US Ambassador, Sarah Ann Lynch and the Deputy Chief of Mission, Mark Cullinane a summary report outlining government “executive lawlessness, political persecution and ethnicization of Guyana for the period August 2 to December, 25, 2020”.
The document was handed over to the envoys at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition, in the presence of the Leader of the Alliance For Change, Khemraj Ramjattan.
The Leader of the Opposition took the opportunity to once again congratulate the election of Joseph Biden to the Presidency of the United States of America and acknowledged Ambassador Lynch as a representative of that Administration.
The meeting focused on several issues, in particular matters relating to governance, parliamentary democracy and national security. The Leader of the Opposition shared the Coalition’s views and observations on these issues, and how they broadly affect the Guyanese people, and, specifically, the impact and effect on supporters of the APNU+AFC.
“Mr. Harmon highlighted the discriminatory practices of the PPP regime, the arbitrary firing of public servants, the distribution of COVID-19 cash grants, politically motivated charges and the arbitrary arrests of persons perceived to be Coalition supporters, among other issues. It was reiterated that a spirit of consensus and collaboration is necessary and this requires putting the good of the country first as being paramount. There ought to be an effort to engage in meaningful dialogue, with the support of the US, to ensure that the PPP regime does not govern in a manner marginalizing a large section of the population,” a statement from Harmon’s office said.
Harmon also requested of Ambassador Lynch that the Opposition be informed of any major changes on US Policy decisions on Guyana.
Additionally, he requested that Opposition views are communicated to Washington regularly, ‘having regard to the fact that a large section of the local media landscape is unhelpful to the Opposition’.