September 27, 2016

Freddie Kissoon does somersault under pressure

Controversial Trotman LGE recording

… apologises to Trotman, admits lying about “tape”

Minister Raphael Trotman

Minister Raphael Trotman

Freddie Kissoon

Freddie Kissoon

Just two days after making damning allegations against Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, political commentator Freddie Kissoon was forced to issue an apology, after the “tape” surfaced revealing the true contents of what was said during the public meeting in Bartica.
Kissoon disclosed that he was in possession of a “tape” implicating Trotman in delivering a passionate “hate-filled” speech while campaigning and had called on the Alliance For Change (AFC) to take firm disciplinary action against him.
When Guyana Times contacted Kissoon on the day of publication, the columnist maintained that Trotman was indeed playing the race-card and that the AFC must investigate the situation.
The next day, Kissoon wrote another column rehashing the same contents of his previous article against Trotman.
Then in an odd turn of events, Kissoon told the nation that he had mis analysised the contents of the “tape”.
“After criticism received rejecting the contentions of the column, I am in full agreement that my analysis was misplaced, misdirected and unfair to Mr Trotman,” Kissoon wrote.
Contacted on Wednesday to comment on what prompted him to issue the apology, Kissoon suddenly made it clear that he will not be talking to this publication.
Nevertheless, in his apology letter, Kissoon explained that he never intended to damage Trotman’s career.
“Some of Mr Trotman’s close friends are friends of mine. I campaigned heavily for Mr Trotman’s party in the last general elections. I would not in any way want to see the weakening of the Guyana Government and its Ministers, because I think this entire country knows I worked to have such a Government in place, and the entire country knows I would not want the PPP [People’s Progressive Party] back in Government,” he wrote.
He further wrote, “I owe it to my readers and Mr Trotman to explain where I believe I went wrong. It had to do with Mr Trotman’s exhortation to Barticians to vote for APNU/AFC because Bartica is an APNU/AFC constituency. I juxtaposed that with Mr Trotman’s question to the audience, which asked if they see other parties competing against the PPP in the PPP’s areas in the LGE. The weakness in that juxtaposition is that I sought to elevate party competition to the call to vote race. This is where I believe the column fell down. This is where I believe my analysis went in the wrong direction.”
The remainder of Kissoon’s column focused on him continuously apologising to Minister Trotman. “Once again, I apologise for the placement of anything contrary in the column.”
“I am happy to express my regrets to Mr Trotman because I think it is the decent thing to do… I can tell Mr Trotman that I do feel contrite, because I know he was hurt by the article… I would extend an invitation to Mr Trotman for us to meet and have a gentleman’s handshake… In all the years I have known and talked with Mr Trotman, I have called him Raphael… Let me say to him, ‘sorry, Raphael’,” Kissoon went on to say in his abject apology.

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