The main opposition political force in Guyana, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has launched an investigation into the deal between the government and the owners of Sunset Lakes Inc.
Sunset Lakes is a Chinese-owned company that has ventured into developing a massive housing community in Providence on the East Bank of Demerara, just behind the National Stadium. The name of the housing scheme which is now coming under scrutiny is ‘New Life Community’.
APNU leader, David Granger at his most recent press conference told the media that his coalition has an interest in the project and wants to know the details. He disclosed that APNU’s General Secretary, Joseph Harmon, who sits in the National Assembly as the shadow Minister of Public Works, was the one who is handling the investigation.
Granger could not say whether or not his colleague was able to access any information.
“I do know he has been investigating but I do not know if he has been able to put his hands on any documents,” said Granger.
Kaieteur News made attempts to contact Harmon but those proved futile. However, the newspaper understands that APNU wants to find out all details surrounding the deal, including the amount of money paid for the lands, how many ways will Guyana benefit, what qualified the Chinese company for the endeavor and when was the deal made between the Guyana government and the Asian Nationals.
Sunset Lakes made quite an impression on patrons who attended Guyana’s recently concluded largest trade fair, GuyExpo. Sunset Lakes and the controversial Asian logging company shared a tent at the fair and the same officials handled the affairs of both booths.
Representatives of the two companies boasted that Sunset Lakes is offering, for the first time in Guyana, a five star state-of-the-art gated community where all modern amenities will be offered.
When Kaieteur News visited the booth at GuyExpo, the newspaper was told that the houses range “to suit all kinds of people”. The company has decided to have different sizes of houses, with the smallest house costing $50M and the largest, $130M.
A brochure shared out at Guyexpo stated, “We at Sunset Lakes Inc. take great pleasure in introducing to you, for the first time in Guyana, a Five Star State-of-the-Art Gated Residence, offering all prestigious and modern amenities to ensure you live that deeply desired New Life.”
The New Life Community, according to the website, offers a complete luxury package, including supermarket, bar, post office, telecommunication, swimming pool, gymnasium among other services to make life for Guyanese more convenient and delightful.
The website stated that safety and comfort is the company’s main priority; “so you our prized residents can lay back and enjoy that life you envision in exquisite, comfortable homes. Your needs and wants are both sufficiently catered for in our strategic location along the lower East Bank of Demerara, Guyana. Our prime focus is to turn your everyday hustle and bustle into a relaxing, enjoyable lifestyle with all your desires met in a healthy and secure atmosphere.”
The website specified types of houses offered. The “Caramel Collage” is the largest of all our homes offers ultimate sophistication to detail. This offers Land: sq.ft – 11965.12 and the house of itself is sq.ft – 5181. The Sunrise Villa is the smallest and this has 6240.8 sq.ft in land space and the actual house covers 3353 sq.ft.
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