The Government of Guyana through the Finance Ministry is preparing to approve a legislative package to give to Hamilton Green the pension, benefits and other amenities afforded to a former Prime Minister.
Finance Minister Winston Jordan is slated to move the Bill for a first reading when the House meets again on Monday, to deal primarily with Opposition-related matters.
According to the Order of Business set out for parliamentarians and approved by Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, Minister Jordan will present to the House, on behalf of Government, the “Prime Minister Hamilton Green Pension Bill”.
That Bill, according to the description in the Order Paper, will pave the way for an Act “to provide a pension, benefits and other facilities to Hamilton Green, Prime Minister from 1985 to 1992, to enable him to live in keeping with the high office he occupied”.
Green was the recent beneficiary of a package that had been moved at the municipal level until Government could put a more substantial one in place.
City Councillors recently voted in favour of a motion to have the services of the City Constabulary Department extended to Green.
That motion was moved by Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and seconded by Councillor Heston Bostwick at the Council’s most recent statutory meeting.
It was reported that until a package becomes available from Government, City Hall wants Green to benefit from the services of security guards at his residence.
Chase Green at the time had remarked the former mayor served for 20 years in a succession and his was a unique case.
Green served as Guyana’s Prime Minister under the People’s National Congress (PNC) Desmond Hoyte’s administration, from August 6, 1985 to October 9, 1992.
Green was succeeded by Samuel Hinds, who represented the Civic component of the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) following elections in 1992 that saw that Party taking office under the leadership of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan.
In March 1993, Green sued the PNC for violation of his constitutional rights when that party at its Congress voted to expel him from the party.
He subsequently went on to form the Good and Green Guyana (GGG) party and successfully contested the 1996 Local Government Elections where he secured the mayorship of Georgetown – which he held until 2016 due in large part to the extended hiatus in the hosting of Local Government Elections.
Green was successfully readmitted to the PNC during the mid-2000s after a successful petition by the party’s New York Branch.
The former Prime Minister and Mayor currently serves at the helm of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) — a position he was appointed to following the May 2015 electoral victory by the PNC-led A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC) coalition.
Green was also more recently bestowed with a National Award – the Order of Roraima –for his prolonged and sustained commitment to public service in Guyana.