September 30, 2016

Aunty Volda offers “No comment”

Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence

Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence

Resignation calls…

Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence has stubbornly refused to address the nation on mounting concerns about her adeptness to hold public office and to champion the protection of children’s rights, apparently for fear that her statement will be blown out of context.

Drilled by reporters Thursday for a comment in response to the expressions of no-confidence in her genuineness as Social Protection Minister and the calls for her resignation, Minister Lawrence made it clear that she will not be offering any comment to the media on the matter.

She then muttered that her reason for being silent is because the media always finds a way to take simple statements out of context and twist them to their inkling.

Guyana Times had made previous attempts to contact the minister for a response to these concerns but to no avail.

Often times, the phone call would be forwarded to the minister’s assistant who always stated that the minister was unavailable.

President David Granger had proffered that he will be seeking an explanation from the minister regarding the situation; however the public is yet to hear any official response from government.

Recently, several rights groups and social activists during a peaceful picketing exercise expressed that the prolonged silence from government is actually doing more harm than good.

Lawrence came under fire after she sought to defend accused child molester Winston Harding – who was a candidate for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) in the recently-concluded Local Government Elections.

“This is a family issue that has been going on and on and on and on for whatever reason, I can’t tell you because if I had a brother, even if there was an accusation, this is not how I would go about helping him,” Lawrence is reported to have stated.

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