Amidst swirling questions over the timing of the appointment of Donald Ramotar as the Political Advisor to President Bharrat Jagdeo, the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) yesterday joined in the debate noting that he is not receiving any salary.
Ramotar is the PPP Presidential Candidate for the upcoming General and Regional Elections slated for later this year.
There have been speculations that Ramotar’s appointment was to quell accusations that he was benefitting from state resources for the upcoming campaign.
Last week, the PPP/C sent an Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentary motion for new measures to restrict campaign financing, to a special committee.
Yesterday, the PPP made it clear that it is rejecting any suggestion that Ramotar’s appointment as a political advisor is an abuse of state resources. Ramotar is also the General Secretary of the party.
“Since his appointment as General Secretary of the PPP, Mr. Ramotar has served formally and informally as a political advisor to the President and Government of Guyana. This he has done and will continue to do with a level of immense dedication towards nation building and improving the lives of all Guyanese which is worthy of emulation as a patriotic Guyanese.”
The PPP, in the statement, stressed that Ramotar’s position as political advisor to the President will not see him receiving any salary from the state.
“His service over the years also did not see him benefitting from a salary. In fact, Mr. Ramotar should be hailed for offering at no cost to the People of Guyana political advice in the context of the ongoing transformation of our country currently being led by President Bharrat Jagdeo.”
Earlier in the day, Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon during his weekly press conference, pointed out that several considerations over the choice of Ramotar, including the fact that the President, has the authority to exercise such powers.
Additionally, there is the fact that there may have been a need for such a position to be filled.
Dr Luncheon noted that the official also is not an “unsophisticated, uncultured novice” and no sane person can seriously question his “aptitude”.
The spokesman also dismissed accusations which said that Ramotar may be benefitting from state resources, saying that checks and balances of the public accountability system would not allow it.
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