Guyana revokes controversial work permit originally issued to US Contractor

Guyana mapGEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday May 1, 2014, CMC – The Government of Guyana has revoked the work permit of the Head of a US funded Leadership and Democracy (LEAD) project, that has been a source of controversy.

On Wednesday, the Government revoked Glenn Bradbury’s work permit.

“It is a fact that the revocation has taken place but it is equally a fact that Mr., Bradbury, a Canadian citizen has had a reputation brought to the attention both of his employer- the US government through its Ambassador – and to the Canadian High Commission.

“I would want to believe that we can in general speak to the revocation being made on the that the immigration laws of Guyana have been offended by Mr. Bradbury and his actions in Guyana,” said Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon.

When contacted, Bradbury declined to react to the decision and its wider implications for the future of the US$1.5 million project.
Bradbury, a Canadian, is employed by the US-based International Republican Institute (IRI), which has been contracted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to execute the LEAD project.

Bradbury’s work permit revocation came less than one week after the governing Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) called for LEAD to be halted pending discussions and possible re-crafting of the project.
The PPP has in the past accused the US of using the project to bolster the opposition’s electoral chances by providing funding and other resources.

The American embassy has always maintained that no money has been provided to any political party, but that support had been provided for awareness sessions on long-awaited local government elections.

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