A disgruntled executive member of the People’s National Congress (PNC) has come out swinging at the current leadership of the party, contending that top officials in its current leadership will be removed once the party’s Congress is held.
Congress is the name given to the party’s election which is held every few years to elect its leaders.
The executive member who spoke to Guyana Daily News under the condition of anonymity expressed, disappointment in the direction of the party under the leadership of David Granger and Joseph Harmon.
“Both of them are visionless and lack the political capabilities necessary to return the party to power in 2025,” the member said.
Granger is the party’s current leader, while Harmon serves as an executive member.
Political pundits believe that Volda Lawrence – who currently serves as Chairperson of the party – will vie for the top leadership position, after being sidelined by Granger and Harmon last year.
After the APNU+AFC – of which PNC is the largest member – lost the election last year, Granger singlehandedly appointed Harmon, an executive member in the PNC, which lead to him being elevated to the post of Opposition Leader.
Lawrence was excluded from the list of persons who later became MPs, even though she is the party’s Chairperson and remains one of the most popular female politicians in the country.
“Ms Lawrence’s exclusion was the first diabolical act by this duo [Granger and Harmon]. How can you disrespect the Chairman of the party by not even considering her for an MP [Member of Parliament] post?” the member question.
The PNC’s Congress has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-related concerns.
It was only yesterday that a number of party members protested both Granger and Harmon at the party’s headquarters – Congress Place, Sophia.
One of the protestors carried a placard which read: “Mr Granger, your knee is on our neck, time for congress.”
Freddie Kissoon, one of the country’s leading political commentator has opined that Granger and Harmon will be forced to rig Congress to prevent Lawrence from winning the top leadership position.
Should contend and win that position, it could lead to a major shake-up in the party which could result in several MPs being replaced.
“Neither of those gentlemen demand the level of respect that comrade Lawrence has in the party. So when they disrespected her last year, they disrespected a majority of the party members and they will pay dearly for it,” the executive member added.
Since his appointment as Opposition Leader, Harmon has been routinely criticized for what many believe to be his inability to hold the PPP government accountable.
With Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sector set to transform this country, some believe that it could lead to an increase in systemic corruption which is why an effective opposition is necessary.
However, Harmon has seemingly so far failed to impress the masses at a time when the opposition continues to lose considerable political capital due to its alleged attempts to rig the 2020 General and Regional elections.