Guyana police are reported to be closing in on former government MP, Charrandas Persaud, whose backing of a no confidence opposition motion brought down the administration of President David Granger.
The state-owned Guyana Chronicle in a front page article Monday quoted Vice President, Khemraj Ramjattan, as telling a local television show that law enforcement authorities are investigating a bribery link to the former MP’s support of the no-confidence vote.
Ramjattan, who is also Minister of Public Security, indicated that there is “absolutely a connection with bribery.”
He was quoted as saying that a big sum of money was involved.
Ramjattan said he understood that Persaud wanted to transfer the cash overseas, the Chronicle reported.
According to the publication, the Guyana Vice President made the comments during the National Communications Network (NCN) show, Context, on Sunday.
He disclosed that the evidence is being gathered to show that Persaud was not only compromised, but that there are members of the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) who were fully aware of this when they brought the confidence motion against the government.
“We are having it [evidence] because he has spoken to people,” replied Ramjattan, when asked if there was evidence to support the claim that Persaud was bribed.
“It is clearly a case where he is compromised and obviously those who moved the motion, or at least one person who moved the motion, knew about this. They knew that they had Charrandas in the bag. Now that is not the kind of democratic process we want for this country. You had to know you had somebody in the bag,” Ramjattan was quoted as saying.
At the time when Charrandas Persaud voted against the coalition government of which he was a member, the administration had a one seat majority in the national assembly.
According to the Chronicle, opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo at a press conference shortly before the motion was debated, noted his optimism that at least one government MP would vote for the motion.
But Jagdeo has denied bribing Persaud.
Persaud himself has denied that he was bribed, insisting that he voted according to his conscience.
In a Facebook post from Canada recently, he asserted that he was a ‘yes man’ who was part of a ‘yes man’ team.
According to the Chronicle, allegations that the former MP was bribed were ‘further fuelled ‘when photographs surfaced of Persaud being escorted out of Parliament by PPP supporter Peter Ramsaroop after his vote.
Later, Persuad himself questioned why it would be wrong if he was paid, the newspaper reported.