The head of state is sticking to the position that Region ten got what it asked for as far as the TV transmitter is concerned – 11th Jan 2013
It would appear that the Guyana Government, at the highest level, feels that it gave Linden exactly what it asked for, a transmitter, but not the right to transmit. President Donald Ramotar today echoed the position of his negotiating team that all Linden wanted were the Transmitter and Dish back. The Government took the position that the Frequency on which the Transmitter was operating did not belong to the people from whom it was taken away.
The issue has been a sticking point for a while now with some members of the negotiating team, politicians and persons knowledgeable in the telecommunications sector, accusing the Government of Deception in the matter. The Transmitter was part of the assets of Green Construction handed over to the Region to allow the community to access Television programming. The operation was on Channel 13 which was subsequently managed by the state-owned and controlled broadcaster that eventually arrogated to itself the frequency, Channel 13. Now, the Government is saying to the people of region ten, that the Regional Democratic Council RDC, must apply for a frequency and license to broadcast on that frequency.
The Chairman of the Region, Sharma Soloman, says, the issues in Linden have always been about Rights:
A massive meeting is planned in the Mining Town tomorrow afternoon to bring these and other issues to the people there.