Relocation of Cabinet to GDF Headquarters gives credence to state militarization under APNU+AFC

232A decision by the APNU+AFC government to hold Cabinet meetings at Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Base Camp Ayanganna while the Ministry of the Presidency is said to be under repairs has been met with criticism.

The announcement came via a Department of Public Information statement on Tuesday which said that the Officer’s Mess Hall at Camp Ayanganna would be used for Cabinet meetings in light of the repair works at the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP). Continue reading Relocation of Cabinet to GDF Headquarters gives credence to state militarization under APNU+AFC

Majority believe standard of living better under PPP/C – Opinion Poll

poll-results4An opinion survey has found that a majority of persons believe there was a better standard of living for Guyanese during the reign of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).

According to a poll conducted by online new site Guyana Daily News, a majority of the respondents believe that their standard of living was better under the previous PPP/C administration and that their spending power was much greater, because unemployment figures were low. Continue reading Majority believe standard of living better under PPP/C – Opinion Poll

APNU+AFC spending on prestige and ‘comfort issues’ rather than addressing problems facing citizens

Capture23Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in responding to the announcement that repairs are being undertaken at the Ministry of the Presidency, formerly Office of the said it speaks to the unnecessary use of state funds.

Jagdeo said that Tuesday’s announcement confirms that the APNU+AFC government is spending huge sums of money after claiming that it was left with a bankrupt treasury by the PPP/C. He said that instead of addressing problems facing citizens daily such as the demand for jobs, better services and better security the government has been spending on prestige and ‘comfort issues’. Continue reading APNU+AFC spending on prestige and ‘comfort issues’ rather than addressing problems facing citizens

VENDORS, STALLHOLDERS PROTEST CITY HALL ‘VICTIMIZATION’

vendor-three-300x186-tileVendors and stallholders of the various markets within the city staged yet another picketing exercise on Monday at the Georgetown Municipality saying that for far too long they have been victimized and bullied by those in authority.

The concerns were many ranging from no consultations along with constant harassment from City Constabularies. Continue reading VENDORS, STALLHOLDERS PROTEST CITY HALL ‘VICTIMIZATION’

Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on APNU+AFC’s foot dragging on Local Gov’t & Public Procurement Commissions

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Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on the need for support of the sugar industry and how its collapse could affect thousands

Power purchase agreement being negotiated with AFC financier will not solve GPL’s problems – PPP not bound to respect it

Opposition Leader trashes APNU+AFC’s excuses for economic slowdown. Continue reading Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on APNU+AFC’s foot dragging on Local Gov’t & Public Procurement Commissions

Public Infrastructure employees stage picket after being denied salary increase

mpi-protest-696x465Contracted employees of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure’s Special Projects Unit took to the streets on Monday in protest after learning that they would not receive the retroactive 1 to 10 per cent increase to be paid by the government.

Workers described the move as downright disadvantage and said that they are utterly fed up of the system robbing them of any opportunity of a decent livelihood. Continue reading Public Infrastructure employees stage picket after being denied salary increase

Fake passports found in Datram’s possession contradict Granger’s claims

barry_passport-vertContrary to claims by President David Granger it now turns out that captured fugitive Barry Dataram and his wife escaped local law enforcement by traveling to neighbouring Suriname using fake Guyana passports.

This is the latest embarrassment for the government from the Dataram case following his escape from Guyana just days before he was convicted of drug trafficking. The two were captured on Friday October 14th in Suriname and returned to Guyana. Continue reading Fake passports found in Datram’s possession contradict Granger’s claims

Auditor General Report knocks government over single sourcing of 45 forensic audits

auditThe APNU+AFC Government’s “single source” method of procurement for the selection of consultants to conduct the 45 forensic audits attracted the attention of the Auditor General.  It featured in his 2015 report which was tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday 13th of October.

Upon assuming office in May of 2015, the APNU+AFC handed millions of dollars worth in contracts for audits at several state entities without going to tender. In most cases these were given to persons supportive of the coalition such as Christopher Ram and Anand Goolsarran.    Continue reading Auditor General Report knocks government over single sourcing of 45 forensic audits

City vendors picket City Hall – Call for removal of Mayor, Town Clerk

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A group of city vendors picketed City Hall on Friday October 14th. “Who must go? Royston King!” and “Who must go? Patricia Chase-Green!” were the chants as the demonstrators called on the Council to have a formal meeting with the Guyana Market Vendors Union.

Armed with placards, some of which read “Under attack we will fight back” and “Georgetown belong to its citizens and it’s not some people personal’s property,” the vendors said they were there out of frustration with the way they are being treated. Continue reading City vendors picket City Hall – Call for removal of Mayor, Town Clerk