Presidents press officer embroiled in racial slur controversy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedIAC condemns PPO’s ‘racial slur,’ says yet another reason why ERC neededSeptember 15, 2017In “latest news”President provides $100,000 support to mother whose son was burnt in house fireFebruary 10, 2016In “Local News”Murdered 13-year-old: ‘No proof’ that officers acted unprofessionally – RamnarineOctober 12, 2017In “Crime” Lloyda Nicholas-Garrett, who functions as Public Information and Press Services Officer for President David Granger, was a no-show at an event at State House on Wednesday. Her absence was noted as Nicholas-Garrett normally accompanies the Head of State at the majority of his outreaches and official events.This led to speculation that the press officer was avoiding the plethora of media personnel who, in the past several hours, made several unsuccessful attempts to contact her.INews  understands that she also may be avoiding her co-workers as a source disclosed that she did not report for duty and was reportedly absent from work on Wednesday.Public Information and Press Services Officer Lloyda Nicholas-GarrettThe brewing controversy stems from alleged social media postings on Facebook where she purportedly exchanged messages with other users that included racial slurs and derogatory remarks about colleagues at the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP). The supposed leaks were shared by People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament (MP) Nigel Dharamlall, who called for her to be fired.“I would like to call for the immediate termination of the services of the Racist Staffer and a period of race relations rehabilitation for her. My taxes are not to be used to pay anyone who is racist,” Dharamlall said on Tuesday.Dharamlall’s shared post highlighted that Nicholas-Garrett and the other users, in a seemingly private conversation made disparaging remarks against Indo-Guyanese.Following the postings of her purported derogatory remarks, sources close to the controversy related that Nicholas-Garrett was often times a “difficult” person to work with and would “pressure” subordinate staff.