[www.inewsguyana.com] – Junior Finance Minister, Juan Edghill says that the Alliance For Change (AFC) has committed what can be described as the greatest act of political betrayal to the people of Berbice from whom they received the most support, by agreeing to enter into an alliance with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).
This has been the first public response from the government, since the coalition was announced on Saturday, February 14.
“The AFC deliberately deceived the people of Berbice, by telling them that they will never join with the PNC, ‘give us your votes’, ‘we will be that independent party’, ‘we will be that group that will weigh the balance of power of parliament’, and low and behold, contrary to what they promised Berbicians, they sold their votes to the APNU so that they can have this relationship of convenience, to be able to destabilise the PPP/C Government,” said the Junior Finance Minister who was at the time speaking on a special television programme in Corriverton, Region Six at the weekend.
According to him, the AFC has proved to be the most uncooperative and has shown their ‘true colours’.
Minister Edghill reminded Berbicians that it was the AFC which sided with the APNU to cut more than $100 billion in development three years in a row, “robbing the people of Guyana and the people of Berbice in particular of development.”
He was referring to the annual budget cuts during the period 2012-2014.
“They would have voted against the AML bill which was needed to ensure that Guyana was not blacklisted and not considered a rogue state in the family of nations around the world. They also blocked the Amaila Falls Hydro project which would have given Guyanese 165 megawatts electricity; reliable, renewable and cheap electricity and pay 9 to 11 cents (US) per kilowatts hour, the building of the Marriott hotel, and extension of the CJIA. (They) fought and almost strangulated Guysuco when Government was seeking to assist them during their crisis due to the loss of preferential prices on the world market, having to sustain the same cost to production,” Minister Edghill reminded
He said the Opposition refused to dialogue to move Guyana forward and the President had no alternative, but to call an early election, having faced three years of obstructionist behaviour by the one-seat majority.
“You have given the AFC a chance and they have turned it over to the PNC,” Minister Edghill opined. [Extracted and modified from GINA]