“A cesspool and orgy of corruption;” APNU bids farewell to 10th Parliament

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By Jomo Paul

[www.inewsguyana.com] –Anticipating the dissolution of Guyana’s tenth parliament on February 28, A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) on Friday February 27, bid final farewells noting that the life of the tenth Parliament was polluted with scandals, corruption and a horde of unconstitutionality.

At a press conference the Partnership said the People’s Progressive Party/Civic administration led by President Donald Ramotar has “finally destroyed the tenth parliament.”

APNU Executive Member Basil Williams said that the Parliament was filled with “abuses and assaults” on the part of the President who showed disregard for the independence of the National Assembly.

He revisited several incidents over the last three years including the President’s refusal to assent to bills passed by the National Assembly and his failure to hold Local Government elections despite it being in the PPP 2011 General and Regional Elections manifesto.

He also referred to several scandal involving government Ministers and sitting members of the National Assembly.

APNU Executive Members Basil Williams and Ronald Bulkan. [iNews’ Photo]
“President Ramotar’s third tactic was to try to shield his Ministers from parliamentary scrutiny and sanction. The ‘Anilgate’ scandal involving vulgar and scurrilous statements made by the Minister of Legal Affairs during a telephone conversation in October 2014; the ‘Priyagate’ jeering of the Minister of Education after her vulgar ‘feral blast’ in July 2014 and the ‘Ashnigate’ vehicle accident scandal in February 2014 and referral of the Minister of Finance to the Committee of Privileges indicate how little confidence the public has in PPP/C Ministers,” said Williams.

Shadow Local Government and Regional Development Minister Ronald Bulkan said that prior to the tenth parliament the PPP/C pretended to be interested in democratic practices; but it was only during the tenth parliament that the true ideals of the Party surfaced.

He said “after the elections of November 2011…that supposed commitment had proved to be illusionary and without foundation. The PPP since those elections have shown that they no respect for either the constitution the rule of law or democracy.”

Bulkan said that President Ramotar had vitally ‘ignored” other pillars of the states including local democracy adding that the President is violating to fundamental principles of Guyana involving the expenditure of monies and taxation.

On May 11, “the people will be faced with a clear choice; whether they want to want to have representatives, an accountable government and to put an end to the cesspool and orgy of corruption that we now have,” said Bulkan.