Look closer at Buxton proposal
-PNCR tells Jagdeo
October 26, 2002
The PNCR says the government has rushed to dismiss its $250M revival proposal for the Buxton area and has sent mixed messages in its response.
At the PNCR's weekly press conference on Thursday Central Executive Member Deryck Bernard said in their rush to discredit the ideas which party leader Desmond Hoyte proposed, the government had not taken the trouble to study what was said. They had totally neglected the meat of the proposals which clearly stated that all of the villages on the East Coast would benefit from the terms of the Hoyte initiative. The government needs to say which of the proposals they considered unnecessary, he said.
Bernard said Jagdeo's response together with those of Minister within the Ministry of Local Government, Clinton Collymore and PPP General Secretary Donald Ramotar was a tangled web of responses. While Collymore said that some of the works have already been done in Buxton and he was studying the proposal, Jagdeo rejected the idea totally labelling it as blackmail and Ramotar described the proposals as "a ransom demand".
The PNCR also repeated its call for President Jagdeo to resign and for the PPP/C to select a more suitable and competent leader from their ranks. They added that the PNCR has begun to look on Jagdeo "like Hamlet's father's ghost, more in sorrow than in anger."
Bernard said the PNCR has "sadly come to the conclusion that Mr Jagdeo has been, through no fault of his own, placed in a position for which" he is not equipped. His failures, he said, were due more to his limitations and incompetence rather than malice or ill will.
But if the PPP/C was unable to replace Jagdeo they alone would shoulder the moral responsibility for the consequences.