Oct 17, 2015 News
Some executives of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) say that they are tickled, almost to tears, by a recent report coming out of Government’s anti-corruption unit which is recommending criminal charges against former PPP Ministers who were involved in a Pradoville 2 deal.
The report from the State Asset Recovery Unit said that prime land making up the Pradoville 2 scheme, was secretly sold to the former Ministers and known friends and associates of the previous regime.
At the time of the sale, the report said, the lands were grossly undervalued and sold substantially lower than the market value thereby depriving the state of its full benefits.
The PPP, on Thursday, issued a statement to the media stating that it rejects the findings of the report and views the entire Pradoville 2 debacle as a “nancy story” meant only to distract from the real issue at hand.
The Opposition party said that a wide cross section of the Guyanese society expressed nothing but disgust in the face of the shameless and unconscionable salary increases made recently by the APNU+AFC coalition government .
In a desperate effort to wage a fight-back, it said that the government Ministers one by one, tried to defend the increases. The party reminded that first it was Minster of State, Joseph Harmon, who told the public that, he has no apology to give for the increases followed by Attorney General Basil Williams who insisted that it was justified.
The Opposition said that Williams’ remarks were then supported by Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, who had said that the salary increases for Members of Parliament were necessary to outline an income for Vice Presidents which did not exist before, to correct anomalies in the payment structure and because the work load has increased.
The PPP continued, “Minster of Governance, Raphael Trotman, then came out in Viva Zapata style defending their hefty pay hikes. Others are bound to follow suit as the coalition sinks deeper and deeper in the quagmire which they have found themselves.”
The Opposition party said that one of the tools in Government’s damage control tool box is the technique called “diversion”. It said that it is used to divert attention away from an issue such as the current salary increase debacle, which the Granger-led APNU+AFC coalition administration has come under severe criticism for on a daily basis.
The PPP said, “The government is hoping that by diverting the public’s attention away from itself and the obnoxious salary increase doled out to its Ministers, to the so-called Pradoville 2 inquisition by leaking the “results of the investigation and recommendations” by the shady and cabalistic Asset Recovery Unit, whose legality, composition and Terms of Reference remains a mystery, that they will succeed in re-focusing the public’s attention from itself and the current morass to the fabricated Pradoville 2 Nancy story.”
It continued, “Sadly, however, the apologists for the Granger-led coalition administration have failed miserably in their efforts at deception and will continue to do so”.
The most recent Trotman’s “trust us, believe us” pleadings have been clumsy and must be seen as further blundering by his administration. “The attempt to divert attention away from the salary issue is quite obvious to all and sundry.”
The Opposition questioned, “How can the APNU+AFC be “trusted” when in July, 2015 government spokespersons were all denying the hefty increases in their pay packets, but were in fact already benefitting from the increase which was made retroactive with effect from July 2015?”
The PPP said that these efforts are another manifestation of the incompetence of the Granger-led administration to fool the people.
It said that Harmon’s “arrogant” ‘No apologies to make’ outburst, re-enforces their determination that they will not budge on the issue. The PPP said that a public apology for Harmon’s misconduct is absolutely necessary.
The PPP said however, that it will not be daunted by the on-going APNU+AFC witch-hunting and campaign of vilification.
It emphasized that it will remain convinced that at length, the truth will out and the Party’s unsinkable faith in the people in general, and its members and supporters in particular, will eventually see the APNU+AFC being a sorry sight.
“All the evil and diabolical acts they have committed will be dashed to pieces and consigned to the dustbin of history,” it concluded.
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