Vincent Alexander sues Jagdeo claiming defamation, seeks $100M in damages

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Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo(left), Chairman of IDPADA-G, Vincent Alexander

A $100 million lawsuit has been filed against Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo months after he rebuffed apologizing and paying a sum of $50M to Chairman of the International Decade of People of African Descent, Vincent Alexander over allegations he made which Alexander claims constitutes defamation of character.

Chairman of the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly-Guyana (IDPADA-G), Vincent Alexander on Tuesday at the the High Court filed a $100M lawsuit against Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, the Department of Public Information and Attorney General, Anil Nandlall listed at first, second and third named defendants in the matter respectively.

The lawsuit stems from allegations emanating from the Vice President regarding the leadership of IDPADA-G misappropriating close to half a billion dollars in government funds over a period of five years.

Moreover, the Vice President is being sued for more than $50 million in damages for defamation published in a news interview on August 19, 2022, allegedly by the Department of Public Information.

The offending article is where the vice president has accused officials of IDPADA-G of using monies they received from Government to advance the cause of Afro Guyanese communities for personal gain. Alexander is being represented by attorney-at-law Eusi Anderson.

The Chairman is asking the court for a “permanent injunction restraining the defendants whether by their servants and/or agents from further publishing or causing to be published by any means whatsoever, whether electronic or print, the words complained of in the publication contained in the interview” with Jagdeo.

Alexander is also seeking “a Mandatory Injunction compelling the Second Named Defendant whether by themselves, their servants and or agents to forthwith permanently remove the interview with the First Named Defendant dated 19th August, 2022 from its website and available on the world wide web…”

Dr. Jagdeo, who was given until September 3 to issue a public apology and pay $50M to Alexander after making the allegations in August during a press conference refused to do same while indicating that the chairman can pursue any course of action he wishes to.

Alexander noted that the glaring allegations which suggest that directors of the organization were stifling African Guyanese communities of funding lacks evidence and factual premise. He said, too, that 100M in subvention afforded by the Government to the organization is inadequate to effectively advance the cause of African Guyanese.

But, Dr. Jagdeo has contended that financial statements of the organization indicate that $343,000 awarded by IDPADA-G in grants to the afro Guyanese communities in 2020, while $42 million was put towards payment of salaries in the same year.

Since 2019, IDPADA-G has been given $100M in annual subvention. The leadership has maintained that the organization was not established to distribute grants but does so depending on specific needs.

They have alleged that since the revelations were made by Dr. Jagdeo, the organization has been denied the remaining annual subvention from Government for the current year. Consequently, it is wrestling a debt of approximately $10.5M which encompasses the outstanding salaries to its employees some of whom the organization has had to lay off.

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