The People’s National Congress (PNC) – the largest party in the APNU+AFC coalition – has defended the utterances of one of its members and Member of Parliament (MP), Amanza Walton-Desir who described supporters of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) as “mentally lazy”.
Walton-Desir made the comment in a recent social media interview titled “Politics 101” which was hosted by coalition supporter Dr. David Hinds.
“The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) notes the PPP/C’s unleashed attack against our Member of Parliament, Hon. Amanza Walton-Desir (AWD). It is our view that AWD has more than clarified her position on this matter and so no further comment from us is necessary,” the PNC said in a statement today.
The party said that Walton-Desir has its “full and complete support as she faces these unwarranted, racist, misogynistic attacks”.
The party said it wishes to remind Guyanese that Guyana belongs to everyone and that it is committed to building a Guyana which lives up to its motto: One People, One Nation, One Destiny.
It also accused the PPP of stoking the flames of racial discord to distract from the party’s corrupt activities.
Meanwhile, Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall slammed Walton-Desir for her comment and argued that it has no place in a society such as ours.
“…her utterances are downright racist, discriminatory and absolutely repulsive. Utterances like those have no place in any modern, democratic and civilised society, moreover, one which is as multi-ethnic as ours. Indeed, protection against such stereotyping is guaranteed to every citizen of this land as a fundamental right by the Constitution of Guyana,” the AG said.
Following her budget speech earlier this year, Walton-Desir also faced severe criticisms for making comments which many believed to be racist, as she accused the PPP of wanton discrimination against Afro-Guyanese.
The Indian Action Committee (IAC) has since indicated that it has lodged a complaint with the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) over the comments made by Walton-Desir in the interview.
The IAC said it was of the firm belief that, in the context of the Guyana’s politics, it was very clear that the MPs comment was directed to Indo-Guyanese.
The ERC has not yet commented on the issue.