AFC to oppose Hydro – Electric Bill

Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan
Leader of the AFC, Khemraj Ramjattan

The Alliance for Change [AFC] does not intend to support government’s Hydro – Electric Power [Amendment] Bill.

This is according to the party’s leader, Khemraj Ramjattan. The Bill is slated to be tabled in Parliament this afternoon by Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, for its second reading.

Mr. Ramjattan told iNews today that the AFC will not support the Bill until it is given the “green light” by the IDB on the Amaila Falls Hydro Power Project.

“We’ve made this known, so I don’t know why they are shoving it [the Bill] on us now,” the AFC leader said.

According to Mr. Ramjattan, until the IDB completes the various studies on the Amaila Falls project including the environmental impact and feasibility studies, only then will the AFC support the Bill.

In addition, the AFC leader also pointed out that the party has other demands of the government before moving ahead with the Amaila Falls Project. These demands, he said, includes government nominating its names for the establishment of the Procurement Commission.

It is not yet clear if the major opposition party, A Partnership for National Unity [APNU] will be supporting the Bill. Efforts made by iNews to contact the party’s leader, Mr. David Granger, proved futile.