Probe launched of President’s press officer’s alleged slur

An investigation has been launched into private Facebook conversations between President David Granger’s Public Information and Press Services Officer Lloyda Nicholas-Garrett and friends which were allegedly leaked, Head of the Press and Publicity Unit of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), Mark Archer said last evening.

Opposition Member of Parliament Nigel Dharamlall on Tuesday shared on his Facebook page screenshots of the alleged conversations, one in which Nicholas-Garrett allegedly used a racially derogatory term to describe staff at the Ministry of the Presidency.

Archer stated that MOTP does not condone the use of that sort of language but what has been made public has to be investigated.

Dharamlall, who himself has in recent months made several public statements which were derogatory and racist in tone, accused Nicholas-Garrett  of using “highly racial and very derogatory terms in conversations with her friends as they describe their fellow Office of the President colleagues,” whom he believes are Guyanese of Indian descent.

He called for her to be sacked and for her to undergo a “period of race relations rehabilitation”.

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