I was shocked to read in the press about President Jagdeo’s outburst against Mr Nigel Hughes, stating that Mr Hughes will never become a senior counsel under his or Donald Ramotar’s government.
I have long been of the view that the judiciary is influenced by the ruling party, and now that has been confirmed by the President of Guyana at a political meeting where the President said that one of our best lawyers will never be confirmed as a senior counsel. Mr Jagdeo says that Mr Hughes defends drug lords and drug criminals. Every criminal whether he is a murderer or a drug lord is entitled to legal services. The law of the jungle cannot be applied in a civilized society. Should a doctor refuse to attend a patient if that patient is a drug criminal or a murderer?
The Bar Association should not remain silent on this matter. No President or head of a political party has the right to stifle a professional‘s upward mobility. Something is wrong with the people in this country tolerating all these nonsensical statements from the President.
I am urging Guyanese to vote for a change in the upcoming elections. When one party is ruling for too long it causes them to be arrogant and complacent, and that is what is happening in Guyana.