Why is it that Prime Minister Sam Hinds is seemingly always sent to do the dirty work of defending the indefensible and looking the fool while doing it?
By any measure of transparency and the weakest test of openness, the Amaila Falls contract should be released to the public.
The latest apocryphal utterance from the Prime Minister is that the contract for this project which will saddle this country with US $840 million and counting cannot be released.
This is no longer just a case of inanity, this is barefaced arrogance and disrespect to the people of Guyana. The PM provided a hodgepodge of ludicrous reasons and ridiculous justifications that would insult the intelligence of even the most imbecilic amongst us.
Even Sithe Global claims it is willing to release the documents. Yet, this PPP government is adamantly refusing to do so. What does the government have to hide?
How could any government that wants to put a rope of US $840 million and counting on the poor taxpayers of a nation ever have the hubris and rank temerity to want to hide the details of how they intend to spend taxpayers’ money?
The Prime Minister could continue to utter his mindless excuses from now to eternity but there is absolutely no way the PPP could expect the people of this nation to swallow without question this Amaila hydro project disaster without public examination of the contract relating to it.
If the government refuses to disclose the contract details to the public, APNU and the AFC must obtain it through Parliament and must release it to the public. I know the IDB is paying attention to these shocking refusals to transparency.
The IDB will be disinclined to support this project when the government refuses to disclose its fundamental details to the public.
Although Guyana needs cheap energy from indigenous sources, I wouldn’t blame them.
If any rational person believes the Skeldon project was a fiasco, this Amaila Falls hydro project will make Skeldon look like a drop in the bucket. Time for the people of Guyana to know what terrible debt their children will be repaying in the future.
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