After noting optimistically that his party will become the next government, Vice Chairman of the Alliance For Change
(AFC) Moses Nagamootoo, categorically stated the party will make unprecedented moves to have the “elitist clan” of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) face the music for its corrupt acts which he feels have left the nation with severe damage.
While indicating that high up on the party’s list is Minister of Finance Dr. Ashni Singh, Nagamootoo said that he is interested in having the former President, Bharrat Jagdeo and current Head of State, Donald Ramotar, held accountable for their wrongdoing.
The Vice Chairman said that the most damning corrupt acts were started by the Jagdeo regime and are being carried out to the detriment of the people by the Ramotar administration.
The AFC Parliamentarian opined, however, that while the Constitution does not allow legal action to be taken personally against a former and current President, the AFC will move to amend the laws so that any wrongdoing of the two can be properly investigated and the relevant charges leveled against them.
In Jagdeo’s case, Nagamootoo pointed to the fact that the Ombudsman’s latest report pointed to just one of the dirtiest examples of vengeance and wickedness by the former President.
He reminded that Jagdeo made three persons – including the former Chief Executive Officer of the New Building Society – suffer the implications of false multi-million-dollar fraud charges, because he did not get the approval by the CEO for funds for the Berbice Bridge.
He reminded too that the former President also gifted one of the nation’s most precious resources, licences for the airwaves, to his friends and “loyal minions.”
Nagamootoo then turned his attention to the fact that Ramotar is now continuing the corrupt line of leadership.
He pointed to the fact that Ramotar allowed his Attorney General, Anil Nandlall to escape any form of sanction when he
“was caught with his pants down” during a profanity-laced 19-minute conversation with a Kaieteur News reporter that was recorded.
“Not only was he so disgusting and sickening in the tape as he made those sexist remarks about a female reporter, but he also spoke of the threat against the lives of the staff at the most fearless newspaper in the land. I mean, how can a President escape any kind of punishment for even condoning such behaviour? By not giving its nastiest beast a beating for that behaviour, he supported it, and that speaks to the wickedness within him,” the Vice Chairman added.
Nagamootoo made the point that the acts that he referred to are just the “tip of the corrupt iceberg” and said that it is without question that he will not allow them to “escape the fire”.
“Changes to the Constitution, particularly the powers of the presidency, are high up on our agenda, and we want to be able to deal with those amendments in such a way where you can make the President more likely to be impeached for wrongdoing. We will reform certain parts,” he added.
The AFC politician emphasized that high on the AFC’s list is the finance minister. He asserted that the AFC finds the abuse of the Treasury, and the violations of the Constitution by Dr. Singh, to be “unforgivable sins” against the people of Guyana.
He said that his party will also investigate certain agencies such as the “Chambers of Corruption” which he said is none other than NICIL which is headed by Winston Brassington. He said that the AFC plans to examine how NICIL accessed millions of dollars and how it was misspent.
Nagamootoo also stated that the AFC plans to go after Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority, Khurshid
Sattaur, for the misuse of his office. “He is on our radar and he will face the books,” the attorney at law added.
He said that the Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee, is also on its “hit-list.” One of the reasons for this, the AFC Vice Chairman said, is that his party is not satisfied at all, with the manner in which the Guyana Police Force handles certain criminal prosecutions.
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