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NFMU ordered to show cause on its decision to assign frequencies – 29th Apr 2013

Goldstone_DSN_antennaThe High Court has issued its order on the grounds that the decision to assign the radio frequencies were premised on the unlawful and unconstitutional distribution by then President, Bharrat Jagdeo.

The court in its order stated that the National Frequency Management Unit must be in court on May 9th for the matter, in which Broadcaster Enrico Woolford sought the orders or writs through his attorneys Senior Counsel Rex McKay and others. The NFMU must be served with a copy of the originating Notice of Motion and Affidavit of Support and the sealed and certified copy of the order.

Woolford stated in his Motion that the decision to assign the twenty two frequencies to ten entities including 17 frequencies to family, friends and party supporters among others was unfair, unreasonable, procedurally improper and unreasonable.

The Assignment of Frequencies executed by then President Jagdeo a few weeks before leaving office has ignited a firestorm of protest, widespread criticism and international comment particularly after Prime Minister Sam Hinds was forced to disclose in the National Assembly who got which Frequencies.

Jagdeo awarded his best friend Dr. Ranjisinghi Ramroop five frequencies, His niece, Kamini Persaud, the wife of National Resources Minister Robert Persaud and Persaud’s sister Ruth Baljit, another five and his party’s newspaper yet another five. The information according to Woolford’s court case was a dark secret until the Prime Minister’s answers in the National Assembly.

Another court case is pending where the Guyana Media Proprietors Association and the Publisher of Kaieteur News are challenging the award of the Frequencies.

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