Apr 30, 2016 News
Come May 4, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) intends to grill Government parliamentarians on issues
which the PPP feels are yet to be addressed sufficiently. Among these will be questions on the D’Urban Park construction and the Jubilee celebrations.
These questions are expected to encompass procurement policies for contractors during the preparations for the Jubilee celebrations and the damages and poor construction that was seen with the D’Urban Park stands, even though it was a work in progress.
This is according to PPP Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira, at a press conference yesterday. She also said that the number of planned motions from the government side, as stated on the order paper, was disappointing, considering the gap of over 50 days during which there was no sitting.
“May 4, will be the next sitting after a gap of almost two months. It is disgraceful, after a two-month gap, that this is what is being put on the order paper. We had made it clear that we would not support the Anti Money Laundering Bill going through all three sittings. On the Order Paper there is a motion for that.”
Teixeira stated that despite the Government saying that Guyana will have to go before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), thus necessitating the move, they have not disclosed when. The Chief Whip also reiterated the party’s position that the structure of the Bill depended on having a Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in place.
“There is no FIU director; there is no Deputy Director of the FIU. And the new (legislation) passed in parliament leaves it to the parliamentary committee of appointments to appoint the director, (his) deputy, accountant and lawyer and also appoint the ten members on the AML authority. None of these matters are complete.”
Meanwhile, Teixeira stated that other matters on the table would include the Insurance Bill 2016 and a motion in regards to President David Granger’s address to parliament about Venezuela in October 2015.
“The Narcotics Bill is asterixed …But we have been doing our own work, and we will table the following issues, for which we await the Speaker’s approval.”
“We (will) table questions to do with the jubilee and D’Urban Park development. We also tabled a motion calling on the Government to table the Walter Rodney report. This was handed over to Government on February 10. We were promised in the House that this would be tabled in the house. It is now 77 days and we are calling on the government to table it in two weeks.”
According to Teixeira, questions regarding solicitation of money and questions from former Attorney General Anil Nandlall will also be tabled. Nandlall’s questions will be regarding the 34 honorific advisors employed by Government. In fact, she stated that questions regarding all the advisors in Government would be brought, including their remuneration and qualifications.
She also revealed that two motions would be presented, one based on the shortage of drugs in the health system and the other based on curbing the rise in suicide.
Teixeira added that the motion for a debate on the state of the rice industry, which had once been rejected, would also be resubmitted. According to the Chief Whip, this new submission would include a gazette which attests to rice being a responsibility of the Minister of Agriculture.
“The official gazette of Guyana, dated June 2015, assigns responsibility to the Minister of Agriculture. One of his portfolio responsibilities is rice,” Teixeira said.
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