The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday announced that approval has been received from the respective Governments for four more appointments of Guyanese diplomats.
Consul General to Boa Vista Shirley Melville
Guyana’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Dr Kenrick Hunte
Almost a month after making its first declaration of nine diplomatic postings, Government announced four others.
The new diplomats are Dr Kenrick Hunte, who now takes up his post as High Commissioner to South Africa and Dr Riyad Insanally, who has received approval to become Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States of America.
The Ministry also announced the appointments of Cita Pilgrim and Shirley Melville as Consul General of Barbados and Boa Vista respectively.
Last month, Government announced the appointments of several high ranking officials to various countries around the world.
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 associates of the Alliance For Change (AFC).
Guyana’s Ambassador to the US, Dr Riyad Insanally
The release stated that Frederick Hamley Case has been appointed Guyana’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, replacing 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
Consul General to Barbados Cita Pilgrim
National Assembly Clarissa Riehl had been appointed as High Commissioner to Canada. Riehl, who had various squabbles with the leadership of the party after President 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, replaces Professor David Dabydeen. He was appointed by the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic Government.
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 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.