City businessman denies accusing ANUG steering committee members of being dual citizens

In the wake of his resignation from A New and United Guyana (ANUG) political party, city businessman Terrence Campbell said Tuesday he was harshly criticized for saying three other party executive members are dual citizens and denies ever leveling such a claim.

“It is a sad misinterpretation of the wording by two Counsel,” Campbell said in reference to Attorneys-at-Law, Timothy Jonas and Ralph Ramkarran who are also members of ANUG’s steering committee. “I never accused them of being dual citizens,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Reports says that Campbell parted ways with ANUG because the political environment has been poisoned by the no-confidence motion controversy coupled with a pro-government call for a boycott of his businesses, according to Campbell, “there was no need for me to seek clarity” because he had already decided to leave the newly-formed political party.

Following Campbell’s withdrawal from the party, ANUG issued a statement strongly indicating that Campbell deliberately lied on them. “There are only three others of us on the Steering Committee, namely, Henry Jeffrey, Timothy Jonas and Ralph Ramkarran. Terrence is therefore accusing all of us of being dual citizens. We will not dignify this worthless accusation, based on hearsay evidence, with a response,” the party said in a statement.

The issue of dual citizenship has taken centre stage in Guyana’s political discourse ever since it was revealed that former government parliamentarian, Charrandas Persaud, is a Canadian citizen and it was unconstitutional for him to have been included in the list of candidates, selected to be a lawmaker and moreover vote in the House including on the no-confidence motion that was passed 33-32 by a majority with his vote on December 21, 2018.

Timothy Jonas, whose mother is a United Kingdom (UK) citizen by birth, also hit out at Campbell. “The purpose of this letter is to respond to a specific allegation made by Terrence that three of the founding members of ANUG have dual citizenship. ANUG has already issued a statement pointing out that, like most hearsay conclusions drawn without proper inquiry, Terrence’s allegation is inaccurate. To that statement I wish to add, and the public is entitled to know, that, in fact, of the three founding members of ANUG, two are Guyanese citizens, and one is Guyanese by birth, and is also citizen of a Commonwealth State by descent,”

Jonas vowed that “as I am part of ANUG, we will embrace all Guyanese into our membership and will welcome all like-minded citizens, whether living in Guyana or from the diaspora, whether Guyanese by birth or descent or marriage who share our view that race politics must end.

He noted that although there are many dual citizens and others who intend to apply or are about to be granted foreign citizenship, “none are the less patriotic for that.”

Campbell pledged to support all new and emerging political parties whose mandate is to secure constitutional reform.