Monday, July 13, 2009

President Jagdeo, Patrice Lumumba University and an alleged superiority?

Could Mr. Mc Coy define the President’s superiority?
July 13, 2009 | By Renee | Filed Under Letters

Dear Editor,

I refer to an article in the on line edition of the Guyana Chronicle, July 11th, 2009, headed “AFC’s electioneering strategy” in which reference was made to statements made by the President’s Press and Publicity Officer on the question of the invitation to debate the President issued by Mr. Raphael Trotman, AFC’s leader.

Mr. Mc Coy is reported as saying, the President “…would only accept a challenge to debate an intellectual equal. Someone of less mental stature would not present enough of a challenge….and thus the exercise would be a time-wasting one.”

I am curious to find out if it is the birth of the President at Unity, Mahaica, his attendance at Bygeval High School, followed by his attendance at Patrice Lumumba University, thereafter his employment at the State Planning Secretariat under the guidance of Mr. Haslyn Paris, followed by his appointment as Junior Finance Minister, later Finance Minister, and subsequently his anointment as presidential candidate of the PPP based on his youth, are the bases which conferred upon him the status of intellectual or intellectual superior?

I must confess that the publication of the President’s research papers, recognition as leader in his field and his outstanding and unmatched contributions in the fields of some defined academic endeavour, have escaped me.

Further, could Mr. Mc Coy say whether the President’s intellectual superiority is inherent in his, status at birth, religion, ethnicity or caste?

I look forward to Mr. Mc Coy’s enlightenment on this matter.

Lin-Jay Harry-Voglezon

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