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Kaieteur News – In keeping with the instructions of the courts, the International Decade for People of African Descent Assembly- Guyana (IDPADA-G) has formally written to the Government to hold talks on the issue of their subvention which has been withheld.
The organisation dispatched its letter to Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, SC. During a news conference on Monday, Chairman of IDPADA-G’s Coordinating Council, Vincent Alexander told the media that the idea is to have dialogue. “Our objective is to pursue the release of money for last year and to ensure that the money is released for the rest of the decade,” Alexander said.
The UN Decade for People of African Descent is themed “People of African descent: recognition, justice and development.” It calls on Governments around the world where people of African Descents reside to put mechanism in place to help improve their state of existence.
Alexander said that IDPADA-G has been fulfilling its obligations based on the UN mandate. IDPADA-G said it has assisted hundreds of Guyanese in the process of developing businesses through training in the writing of business proposals financials. The Government nonetheless has been withholding IDPADA-G’s monthly subvention of $8M over claims of mismanagement – an allegation the organisation has rubbished. The Afro- Guyanese organisation has since taken the Government to Court over the subvention.
Chief Justice Roxane George- Wiltshire called the case a national embarrassment and urged the two sides to consider a mediator. However, Mr. Alexander said while IDPADA-G has written the Attorney General, it has not nominated a mediator. IDPADA-G’s lawyer, Nigel Hughes said, “it is hoped that the Attorney General will act with some form of alacrity…It is an unconditional invitation to engage,” he said.
“This letter, even though it emanated from Court proceedings does not have an impact on the Court proceedings. The court proceedings continue in accordance with the requirements of the Civil Procedure Rules,” the Attorney explained. “
Despite the withholding of the subsidy, Alexander said IDPADA-G is not completely crippled but “handicapped.” On this note, IDPADA-G’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Olive Sampson said that from September 2022 to February 2023, government owes the organisation an estimated GY$49 million. She said the organisation was relying on local and diaspora donations to carry out some of its work especially to help residents of Mocha, East Bank Demerara where their houses were demolished.
According to the lawsuit filed by Hughes, IDPADA-G is seeking an Order of Mandamus to have the subventions that was budgeted for last year, to be returned to the Organisation ahead of the final determination of the matter.
Hughes explained that IDPADA-G had a legitimate expectation of the subvention based on engagements and agreements made with the previous and current Governments. The organisation was given no reason or notification as to why the funds were ceased.
The Attorney said that the Government has “breached the legitimate expectancy” to pay the annual subvention which is handed over in 12 equal parts as per months of the year. He said too that the act of cessation of payment is an abuse of power.
Further, he said that the Government should have declared or placed on notice, that changes to the distribution of funds would occur and give the organisation an opportunity to be heard. He had explained to reporters that IDPADA-G’s case is also supported by the fact that the Government budgeted for the sums to be disbursed to the Organisation and by law, this should have been done. IDPADA-G had consulted with and developed relationships with both the David Granger-led and Irfaan Ali-led Administrations with both sides making a committment to fund the Organisation within the United Nations designated decade. The Organisation received funds from the Government up to August 2022 when it was abruptly stopped.
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