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This may be my last column


 

Depending on what happens this Thursday afternoon, this column here may be my last. There are times in life when you enter into challenges because you feel assured and you do not fear loss.
I am entering this challenge here fearing that I will not lose. If I do lose, I will offer an apology to this newspaper that has accommodated me for a very long time, the Guyanese readers who took an interest in my outpourings over the long years and the Guyanese people in general. On the basis of principles, I will resign from writing.
I was a guest on the Naim Chan show on Channel 6 yesterday morning and he asked me if I am a lonely person. I immediately said no. I am happy to be around my family and pets and friends. I have other things to do should I leave the Freddie Kissoon column. Maybe it is time to see more of my country.
Yesterday, I offered an apology to the AFC because what the AFC said of me was quite simple. It went like this. You described an incident involving the AFC that did not occur. You should apologise. I did.
I made an assertion in that apology which was contained in my column yesterday that is important for readers to note and I am asking them to note it.
After writing dozens, and dozens, and dozens of critical comments on the AFC since 2015 and making pellucid accusations against them about things, undemocratic and unfair and improper, which they have done, I have never received a request for an apology except for last Monday’s column.
Below are unambiguous accusations I have made against the AFC. If the AFC can prove that I was wrong and were fictional in all these statements (it must be all), I will apologise and as a matter of ethics in journalism stop the Freddie Kissoon column.
I will not accept a simple, generalised statement from the AFC that these accusations are all false; end of story. No, they have to give evidence to the Guyanese people that I was wrong and way out of line on all counts.
Let me give two examples to begin with. I am firm in my attitude that the AFC has not taken the renewed Cummingsburg Accord to its executive for approval. I will not accept a reaction from the AFC that says; “This is not true.” The AFC has to name the date and place of the meeting and the executives who were there.
This has to be done so I can do my investigation to prove that the AFC was not telling the truth or I am wrong indeed.
Secondly, if I say that Khemraj Ramjattan is not named as prime minister in the renewed Cummingsburg Accord, then the AFC has to disprove me and they have to make the accord public so that the nation can see I was wrong.
I remind readers these accusations are from previous columns since 2015. Here now is the challenge, which the future of this page depends on. Is it true or false to the things I outline below?
1-On choosing its ministers in May 2015 at the AFC’s head office, a certain woman with a doctorate in a science field was asked if she would accept the portfolio of Minister of the Environment, this person not having been known to be associated with the AFC or even campaigned for the AFC.
2-The renewed Cumminsburg Accord has not been submitted to the AFC leadership body, that is, executive committee for its examination and approval.
3-In the renewed Cummingsburg Accord, there is no explicit wording that outlines the name Khemraj Ramjattan as the prime ministerial candidate but rather the wording says that the Prime Minister will come from the AFC.
4-Moses Nagamootoo and Raphael Trotman have not made a public endorsement of Khemraj Ramjattan. By public endorsement, I mean the following, (1)- statement to the press, (2)- utterance at a public forum, (3) use of words to that effect in a place that is considered to be public an distinct from a private sphere.
5-Gita Chandan-Edmond, an AFC member was put on the APNU-AFC list of candidates by APNU and not AFC and her forms were signed at the Office of the President and nowhere else.
6-During Dr. Ramaya’s public expressions of dissatisfaction with the AFC, the AFC leaders discussed in 2016 a recommendation by President Granger that a substantial job should be found for Dr. Ramaya.
7-The PNC leadership asked that the marijuana amendment legislation be put in abeyance.
I could go on but this is a short list. I will not react to the AFC’s answers if there isn’t concrete proof of my wrongness of all the items here. Wish me luck!     KN

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An apology to the AFC and Marlon Williams

The best of journalists and newspapers get it wrong sometimes. Very few have not made mistakes if there are such few. There are times when some sources are not reliable. But in this job sources are an inherent part of your work.
In journalism, you take people’s word because you have had cause to rely on them before.
I cite the example where I used something someone I know would not mislead me. It had to do with a tape he said he had at a Bartica local government election rally in 2016 in which a prominent politician is alleged to have made an alarming statement.
I ran with it because my friend said he had the tape. The politician denied it; I hadn’t the tape. An apology was obligatory.
Three different sources informed about the dimensions of an action involving a billboard going up in front of the AFC head office. One is that major AFC players didn’t know, so they wanted to find out what was taking place. It appears that the billboard was a surprise gift.
Secondly, I was told that Ramjattan and Leonard Craig did call to ascertain that was taking place. Thirdly, my last set of sources informed me that AFC activists descended upon the site and were prepared for a confrontation and Minister Patterson was there.
The AFC is refuting that the third dimension which it refers to as an “incident” did occur and wants an apology. An apology is extended.
Leonard Craig who wrote on behalf of the AFC called me; the conversation was friendly, but he told me I got it wrong and I also apologized to him. I am sure readers must be turning over in their minds why since May 2015, with dozens and dozens and dozens of critical columns I have penned on the AFC, there has never been a request for an apology?
In those columns, I made accusations about things done by the AFC and within the AFC. Is it possible that the only time I was wrong or got it wrong was the piece on the billboard, thus the request for an apology? One should never be too big to apologize, so I have no hesitation in offering an apology to the AFC.
A current AFC executive committee member, Marlon Williams, sat down with me on Monday evening to talk about my last Sunday column in which I accused him and fellow executives – Leonard Craig, Trevor Williams and Joel Edmond of not speaking about undemocratic currents in the AFC.
One of the issues cited was the renewed Cummingsburg Accord, which was not presented to the AFC’s executive committee.
Marlon wants me to make a correction which he wants to be in the form of an acknowledgement. He wants his chat with me to be recorded, so here it is. Marlon explains that as General-Secretary of the AFC (which is third in line of authority after leader and chairman) from 2017 to 2019, he openly disagreed with many policies of his government (he used those words).
He named three. 1- He was against VAT on private tuition fees. 2- He was appalled at the sudden destruction of vendors’ structures in Sophia. 3- He rejected the parking meter contract.
He stressed that in all three circumstances the AFC’s leadership knew his attitude and he went so far as to go down to Sophia and denounce the demolition action in front of the media.
Looking back on those days, I accept what Marlon told me, because I was in conversation with him in front of other AFC officials when he took those positions.
I know about those days, and in all honesty I acknowledge his independence of thought. In fact, when the Sophia vendors were forcefully removed, he was so upset, he asked AFC youth activist, Arnold Sukhraj, to call me to ask me to come down to the AFC office.
When I went, he was too distressed to talk. Looking back still further, when Leonard Craig felt that the Office of the Prime Minister was unfair to him in the controversy that surrounded his chairmanship of the Broadcasting Authority, Marlon lent his private business office to Craig to hold his press conference to clarify both his role as chairman and the authority of the Prime Minister.
Our conversation finished without any discussion as to why the AFC executive was not presented with the renewed Cummingsburg Accord for its endorsement.
I did not bring it up, because I sensed that he did not want to talk about it. I have spoken to Leonard and Marlon since the Sunday and Monday columns. We remain friends. Friendship transcends politics. It should.


 

Yesterday Column.

Freddie’s departure is a blow to journalism in Guyana. I did not agree with him but I always believe in freedom of expression and differences of opinions. 

GNI is an example of an emerging left wing mob which attacks people with different opinions.  This approach is unhealthy and is emerging in the USA today. 

There has to be more to his decision to suddenly quit. It appears as if he had a difference of opinion with his employer based on his article regarding the AFC. 

He is a fearless journalist and is not afraid to express his opinions.

I wish Freddie well.

 

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kp posted:

This may be my last column


 

Depending on what happens this Thursday afternoon, this column here may be my last. There are times in life when you enter into challenges because you feel assured and you do not fear loss.
I am entering this challenge here fearing that I will not lose. If I do lose, I will offer an apology to this newspaper that has accommodated me for a very long time, the Guyanese readers who took an interest in my outpourings over the long years and the Guyanese people in general. On the basis of principles, I will resign from writing.
I was a guest on the Naim Chan show on Channel 6 yesterday morning and he asked me if I am a lonely person. I immediately said no. I am happy to be around my family and pets and friends. I have other things to do should I leave the Freddie Kissoon column. Maybe it is time to see more of my country.
Yesterday, I offered an apology to the AFC because what the AFC said of me was quite simple. It went like this. You described an incident involving the AFC that did not occur. You should apologise. I did.
I made an assertion in that apology which was contained in my column yesterday that is important for readers to note and I am asking them to note it.
After writing dozens, and dozens, and dozens of critical comments on the AFC since 2015 and making pellucid accusations against them about things, undemocratic and unfair and improper, which they have done, I have never received a request for an apology except for last Monday’s column.
Below are unambiguous accusations I have made against the AFC. If the AFC can prove that I was wrong and were fictional in all these statements (it must be all), I will apologise and as a matter of ethics in journalism stop the Freddie Kissoon column.
I will not accept a simple, generalised statement from the AFC that these accusations are all false; end of story. No, they have to give evidence to the Guyanese people that I was wrong and way out of line on all counts.
Let me give two examples to begin with. I am firm in my attitude that the AFC has not taken the renewed Cummingsburg Accord to its executive for approval. I will not accept a reaction from the AFC that says; “This is not true.” The AFC has to name the date and place of the meeting and the executives who were there.
This has to be done so I can do my investigation to prove that the AFC was not telling the truth or I am wrong indeed.
Secondly, if I say that Khemraj Ramjattan is not named as prime minister in the renewed Cummingsburg Accord, then the AFC has to disprove me and they have to make the accord public so that the nation can see I was wrong.
I remind readers these accusations are from previous columns since 2015. Here now is the challenge, which the future of this page depends on. Is it true or false to the things I outline below?
1-On choosing its ministers in May 2015 at the AFC’s head office, a certain woman with a doctorate in a science field was asked if she would accept the portfolio of Minister of the Environment, this person not having been known to be associated with the AFC or even campaigned for the AFC.
2-The renewed Cumminsburg Accord has not been submitted to the AFC leadership body, that is, executive committee for its examination and approval.
3-In the renewed Cummingsburg Accord, there is no explicit wording that outlines the name Khemraj Ramjattan as the prime ministerial candidate but rather the wording says that the Prime Minister will come from the AFC.
4-Moses Nagamootoo and Raphael Trotman have not made a public endorsement of Khemraj Ramjattan. By public endorsement, I mean the following, (1)- statement to the press, (2)- utterance at a public forum, (3) use of words to that effect in a place that is considered to be public an distinct from a private sphere.
5-Gita Chandan-Edmond, an AFC member was put on the APNU-AFC list of candidates by APNU and not AFC and her forms were signed at the Office of the President and nowhere else.
6-During Dr. Ramaya’s public expressions of dissatisfaction with the AFC, the AFC leaders discussed in 2016 a recommendation by President Granger that a substantial job should be found for Dr. Ramaya.
7-The PNC leadership asked that the marijuana amendment legislation be put in abeyance.
I could go on but this is a short list. I will not react to the AFC’s answers if there isn’t concrete proof of my wrongness of all the items here. Wish me luck!     KN

This man threaten to stop writing before.  E just grannin 

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Totaram posted:
kp posted:

This may be my last column


 

Depending on what happens this Thursday afternoon, this column here may be my last. There are times in life when you enter into challenges because you feel assured and you do not fear loss.
I am entering this challenge here fearing that I will not lose. If I do lose, I will offer an apology to this newspaper that has accommodated me for a very long time, the Guyanese readers who took an interest in my outpourings over the long years and the Guyanese people in general. On the basis of principles, I will resign from writing.
I was a guest on the Naim Chan show on Channel 6 yesterday morning and he asked me if I am a lonely person. I immediately said no. I am happy to be around my family and pets and friends. I have other things to do should I leave the Freddie Kissoon column. Maybe it is time to see more of my country.
Yesterday, I offered an apology to the AFC because what the AFC said of me was quite simple. It went like this. You described an incident involving the AFC that did not occur. You should apologise. I did.
I made an assertion in that apology which was contained in my column yesterday that is important for readers to note and I am asking them to note it.
After writing dozens, and dozens, and dozens of critical comments on the AFC since 2015 and making pellucid accusations against them about things, undemocratic and unfair and improper, which they have done, I have never received a request for an apology except for last Monday’s column.
Below are unambiguous accusations I have made against the AFC. If the AFC can prove that I was wrong and were fictional in all these statements (it must be all), I will apologise and as a matter of ethics in journalism stop the Freddie Kissoon column.
I will not accept a simple, generalised statement from the AFC that these accusations are all false; end of story. No, they have to give evidence to the Guyanese people that I was wrong and way out of line on all counts.
Let me give two examples to begin with. I am firm in my attitude that the AFC has not taken the renewed Cummingsburg Accord to its executive for approval. I will not accept a reaction from the AFC that says; “This is not true.” The AFC has to name the date and place of the meeting and the executives who were there.
This has to be done so I can do my investigation to prove that the AFC was not telling the truth or I am wrong indeed.
Secondly, if I say that Khemraj Ramjattan is not named as prime minister in the renewed Cummingsburg Accord, then the AFC has to disprove me and they have to make the accord public so that the nation can see I was wrong.
I remind readers these accusations are from previous columns since 2015. Here now is the challenge, which the future of this page depends on. Is it true or false to the things I outline below?
1-On choosing its ministers in May 2015 at the AFC’s head office, a certain woman with a doctorate in a science field was asked if she would accept the portfolio of Minister of the Environment, this person not having been known to be associated with the AFC or even campaigned for the AFC.
2-The renewed Cumminsburg Accord has not been submitted to the AFC leadership body, that is, executive committee for its examination and approval.
3-In the renewed Cummingsburg Accord, there is no explicit wording that outlines the name Khemraj Ramjattan as the prime ministerial candidate but rather the wording says that the Prime Minister will come from the AFC.
4-Moses Nagamootoo and Raphael Trotman have not made a public endorsement of Khemraj Ramjattan. By public endorsement, I mean the following, (1)- statement to the press, (2)- utterance at a public forum, (3) use of words to that effect in a place that is considered to be public an distinct from a private sphere.
5-Gita Chandan-Edmond, an AFC member was put on the APNU-AFC list of candidates by APNU and not AFC and her forms were signed at the Office of the President and nowhere else.
6-During Dr. Ramaya’s public expressions of dissatisfaction with the AFC, the AFC leaders discussed in 2016 a recommendation by President Granger that a substantial job should be found for Dr. Ramaya.
7-The PNC leadership asked that the marijuana amendment legislation be put in abeyance.
I could go on but this is a short list. I will not react to the AFC’s answers if there isn’t concrete proof of my wrongness of all the items here. Wish me luck!     KN

This man threaten to stop writing before.  E just grannin 

Nah you Rass, the man bowl want googly on AFC. Watch how this will play out. 

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