PNCR MP Mervyn Williams has resigned as chairman of the party’s Region Three Regional Committee, citing “discriminatory” and “offensive” comments made at a party meeting suggesting a disconnect between him and members because he is not Afro-Guyanese.
In a letter to PNCR General Secretary Oscar Clarke, dated July 7, 2009, Williams offered his resignation with immediate effect, saying it was a regretted but carefully considered decision that he believed to be in the best interest of the party that he loved. In the letter, seen by Stabroek News, he explained that he had the first inclination to resign when a representative to the Central Executive Committee (CEC) told a meeting that “the PNCR is essentially an African Guyanese party voted for at elections by the African Guyanese population.”
According to Williams, the representative also argued that there was “a disconnect” between him, as Chairman of the Region and Party comrades, rather than a disconnect between the latter and the PNCR. “He opined that being a non-African Guyanese, one could not relate to African Guyanese issues, and went on to recommend [an] early Regional Conference to elect a new Regional Executive to solve the problem of the Region,” he wrote, adding, the views were endorsed by a Regional Councillor. At the time, he noted, he was the only person in the room who was not of African Guyanese ancestry.