Leader of the People’s National Congress Reform Robert Corbin says that the Guyana Defence Force Board must explain to the nation just how it is that Commodore Gary Best could have a fleet of five vehicles all bearing the same number plate.
According to Corbin, what has been exposed warrants a full-fledged investigation immediately.
This newspaper has observed that five vehicles that are assigned to the Commodore, bear the licence plate, DFB 1.
The official vehicle of the Chief of Staff carries a special licence number plate, an arrangement similar to that of a diplomat.
This newspaper understands that currently the office of the Chief-of-Staff has six vehicles designated to him. Two bear civilian plates and are used to do the Chief of Staff’s personal and administrative errands.
The third is a Toyota Land Cruiser inherited from the previous Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier General Edward Collins.
This vehicle is only about five years old, but according to reports, Commodore Best requested a new staff vehicle. The vehicle that was assigned to Collins still bears the licence plate DFB1.
A senior official at the Guyana Revenue Authority told this newspaper that every single vehicle is authorised to have one registration (licence) number since the information related to each registration is unique.
The official said that for the Chief of Staff to have two vehicles bearing the same licence plate is illegal and the situation should be rectified immediately.
According to the GRA official, the same situation applies to diplomats.
“Should a new ambassador be appointed and should he or she require a new vehicle from the one that was used by the predecessor, the new vehicle will bear the number assigned to the serving ambassador and the discarded vehicle will be given another,” the GRA official told this newspaper.
In addition to the three vehicles mentioned, a fourth vehicle was procured for the chief of Staff’s office at a reported cost of in excess of $24M.
It did not end there; the office secured another vehicle at a significant price and still another vehicle, a double-cab camouflage pick up for field uses was procured.
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