President gives commitment against discrimination

Guyana Chronicle
July 16, 1998

PRESIDENT Janet Jagan yesterday assured Guyanese the Government will investigate every single allegation of discrimination and corruption.

"We don't want discrimination, we don't want corruption, because that's what we came into office to do, clean it up; all you have to remember is what happened long before 1992", she said at a press conference.

The President said her Government is honest and if it is wrong it admits it is wrong.

The administration will do its best to ensure that no one in Guyana ever suffers from discrimination and the scourge of corruption is something it is fighting every day, she told reporters at the Office of the President.

President Jagan said there were problems in every country with people who do not do things right and there are corrupt people and those who do not fulfil their mandates.

She recalled that in St. Lucia earlier this month, People's National Congress (PNC) leader, Mr. Desmond Hoyte raised some of these questions.

The President said Hoyte was told by some CARICOM Prime Ministers this is "what we have before us every day."

According to the President, he was advised that governments are faced with problems, some they may be guilty of and some as a result of incompetence of civil servants, and these all have to be investigated before the truth is known.

Hoyte was invited to St. Lucia during the recent CARICOM Summit there and he and President Jagan signed The St. Lucia Statement aimed at restoring stability in Georgetown after continuing PNC street demonstrations in the city against the Government.

On a statement she had made about putting the past behind, the President noted the past is there and cannot be wiped out or white washed out, adding that it is also a guide so that it is not repeated.

President Jagan stressed that she spends most of her time focusing on the present and future, but said there are times when people are obliged to remember.

She referred to the Tuesday night launching of the book on the period 1952 to 1992 by Roman Catholic priest, Father Andrew Morrison, which is documented and which is part of Guyana's history.

"We must learn from the past...use the opportunity when people make mistakes to remind them of what did happen in the past," she said.