The new A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition
Guyana’s new High Commissioner to the UK, Frederick Hamley Case
Government on Friday finally released the list of persons who have been appointed to various diplomatic posts after 10 months of deliberations and the removal of individuals who were appointed by the previous Administration.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that arrangements are currently being made to have the new appointees take up their respective postings in various countries.
Among the new appointees are several high-ranking strong men and women from the bosom of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) and close associate of the AFC.
The release stated that Frederick Hamley Case has been appointed Guyana’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Case, a renowned businessman has replaced Laleshwar Singh. He is a former Executive Member of the PNC and held several high-ranking Opposition portfolio’s for the party.
Similarly, the Ministry reported that prominent Attorney and former Deputy Speaker of the
Guyana’s new High Commissioner to Canada, Clarissa Sabita Riehl
National Assembly Clarissa Sabita Riehl had been appointed as High Commissioner to Canada.
Riehl who had various squabbles with the leadership of the party after Preisdent David Granger was parachuted into the post of leader spoke out during the last PNC congress about the unfairness of the process and the undemocratic pathway that was being followed.
It was long speculated that she would have been given such a post. The former deputy Speaker of the House now replaces Rajnarine Singh.
Meanwhile, Bayney Karran has been appointed as Guyana’s new Ambassador to China. Karran who has been serving in Washington DC, United States, for a number of years now replaces Professor David Dabydeen. He was appointed by the previous People’s Progressive Party Civic Government and is said to be an expert.
David T A Hales has been appointed the country’s new Ambassador to Belgium, while Halim Majeed will now function as Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba.
Hales as the new Ambassador to Belgium replaces Dr Patrick Gomes; while Halim Majeed succeeds Mitradev Ali. Majeed was the former Deputy Chief Political to President Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham, former Chief Political Adviser to the late President Desmond Hoyte and Head of the Political and Press Division, Office of the President.
The coalition also announced that Esther Griffith will now function as Guyana’s Consul General, in Nickerie, Suriname.
Back in September 2015, Government announced that it was taking active steps to recall several serving Guyanese diplomats and Ambassadors with the intention of replacing them.
Minister of State Joseph Harmon stated that all Guyanese diplomats, inclusive of Ambassadors, Consul Generals and High Commissioners have been notified that they were likely to be replaced in the upcoming weeks.
“Notices have been served and the replacements and removals will occur by the end of October,” the Minister Harmon reported.
Just after the APNU/AFC formed the Government, they issued a statement saying Guyana’s Ambassador to Suriname, Keith George, and the Permanent Representative to the United Nations, George Talbot, would be retained by the new Administration and new envoys were to be appointed to the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, among other places.
However up until then, the Foreign Affairs Ministry had not confirmed any of the new Heads of Missions except for the newly-appointed Ambassador to Venezuela, career diplomat Cheryl Miles. Miles is to replace Ambassador Geoffrey Da Silva.
Also, Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, who was previously outspoken about the appointment of Ambassadors, declared, “If you are a political appointee in a foreign service, you know you have to go at the end of that Administration’s term; they all know that.”