PPP concerned by secrecy surrounding appointment of Ministerial Advisors

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The People’s Progressive Party is not happy with the manner in which Presidential and Ministerial advisors are being appointed by the David Granger administration and is calling for some amount of transparency on the issue on the part of government.

At a press conference hosted on Thursday the party’s Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira pointed to the controversial appointment of Brian ‘BK’ Tiwarie as a Ministerial Advisor on Business as well as the appointment of Eric Phillips which were not publicly announced.    Continue reading PPP concerned by secrecy surrounding appointment of Ministerial Advisors

Canada based Guyanese denies being behind racist comments, threats to President Granger on Facebook

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Victor Singh, a Canadian-based Guyanese businessman has denied being the author of comments on social media site Facebook, which contain racial incitement as well as threats on the life of Guyanese, inclusive of President David Granger.

Singh on Wednesday said he’s the victim of a smear campaign being perpetrated by persons he’s familiar with. He said the account from which the comments emanated is a fake and that photographs were taken from his authentic Facebook profile. Continue reading Canada based Guyanese denies being behind racist comments, threats to President Granger on Facebook

Opposition Leader says imposition of VAT on Agri & Mining machinery will further hurt productive sectors

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Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo is concerned with Government’s imposition of 16% Value Added Tax (VAT) on large capital equipment, such as bulldozers, excavators, tractors or similar heavy-duty industrial machines which previously enjoyed exemptions.

In a statement on Thursday the move was described as another assault on the productive sector. The former President said that the move will have dire financial and economic implications for almost every one of the nation’s productive sector, including agriculture, mining, forestry and industrial.

Concerns were also raised about the way in which it was done. Continue reading Opposition Leader says imposition of VAT on Agri & Mining machinery will further hurt productive sectors

Government not keeping promise – Wales Estate workers being dismissed before May 2016 – PPP/C MP

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PPP/C Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall has described government’s promise that no worker will be dismissed from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) Wales Estate until May, 2016 as a lie.

According to the former Attorney General and Minster of Legal Affairs, GUYSUCO has commenced widespread dismissals of sugar workers from Wales by rendering them redundant. He said that attempts are also being made to pay them severance packages without any consultations with GAWU and NAACIE, the Trade Unions which represent these workers, as is mandated by Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act.

Sugar workers across the country have been engaged in strike action in solidarity with their Wales colleagues ever since it was announced that the estate will be closed.

AFC Cabinet members distance themselves from BK’s appointment as Government buckles under public pressure

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Following a huge public outcry the APNU+AFC government on Tuesday announced that it has rescinded its appointment of Brian ‘BK’ Tiwarie as Business Advisor. The revelation that Tiwarie had been appointed since January of this year has been the source of much criticism against the coalition with many saying that it was in reward for his large financial contribution to the APNU+AFC 2015 election campaign.      Continue reading AFC Cabinet members distance themselves from BK’s appointment as Government buckles under public pressure

Names of APNU+AFC councillors already submitted to GECOM – Granger, Ramjattan meeting will do little to address AFC concerns

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President David Granger’s promise of a meeting with the Alliance for Change (AFC) leader Khemraj Ramjattan to address concerns raised by members that APNU has taken the majority of seats won by the coalition at Local Government Elections (LGE) appears to be a fruitless exercise.

This is so after it was revealed that the names of would-be councilors have been already submitted to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) by political parties and groups.  This has been confirmed by Deputy Chief Elections Officer, Vishnu Persaud who said that the names for all Local Authority Areas, including Georgetown, have been submitted.

This development, a political observer noted means persons identified can only be replaced if they die or resign.

Government silent on Eric Phillips’ insult of Indigenous People – Should be removed from Reparations Committee

By Gail Teixeira, M.P.,
Chief Whip Parliamentary Opposition

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I write concerning a letter which was published in your newspaper of March 14, 2016 captioned “We slaved for Guyana; we must have our lands”by Mr. Eric Phillips on behalf of the Guyana Reparations Committee.
Given the mandate of the Guyana Reparations Committee and what seems to be a dangerous evolution of it, coupled with the silence of the Government on this naked insult directed at Guyana’s Indigenous Peoples, I cannot allow this letter to go unanswered. In the first instance, the public may be interested in knowing what is the Guyana Reparations Committee, CARICOM Heads of Government made a decision in 2013 to pursue the former European colonial powers to make reparations for slavery and native (Indigenous) genocide, since their economic advancement and growth was predicated on Indigenous genocide and more than 200 years of slavery. Continue reading Government silent on Eric Phillips’ insult of Indigenous People – Should be removed from Reparations Committee

BK’s appointment as Business Advisor seen as payback for millions in contributions to APNU+AFC Election Campaign

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The A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change(APNU+AFC) government’s appointment of   Contractor/Businessman, Brian ‘BK’ Tiwarie a Business Advisor  is being seen as payback for the latter’s contribution of in excess of $100M to the coalition’s 2015 Elections campaign.

According to the Instrument of Appointment signed by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, Tiwarie was appointed the Ministerial Advisor on Business Development on January 19th. Continue reading BK’s appointment as Business Advisor seen as payback for millions in contributions to APNU+AFC Election Campaign

RUMBLE IN THE COALITION: AFC members unhappy with APNU’s allocation of coalition LGE seats

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The Stabroek News on Monday reported on discontent within the membership of the Alliance for Change (AFC), which forms part of the governing coalition along with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), over the way in which the latter allocated seats won at the just concluded Local Government Elections (LGE).

The report said that concerns about the “unfair” allocation of seats in Georgetown and other parts of the country by the APNU are to be raised with APNU officials. Continue reading RUMBLE IN THE COALITION: AFC members unhappy with APNU’s allocation of coalition LGE seats