APNU, AFC against all development projects; Ramjattan should resign – Former President

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

[www.inewsguyana.com]The Alliance for Change (AFC) is against the construction of the Marriot Hotel Project simply because the owner of the Pegaus Hotel is the client of the Party’s leader, Khemraj Ramjattan.

The Pegaus owner also made a huge financial contribution to the AFC’s campaign. This is according to Former President Bharrat Jagdeo, who told scores of PPP supporters in Tain, Berbice on Saturday October 5 that the AFC leader should resign due to conflict of interest issues, given the fact that he also represented persons who bid for the construction of the Specialty Hospital and lost.

The AFC is against the construction of the hospital and voted in favour of cutting funds for it in Parliament.

“And Nigel Hughes had to resign about conflict of interest… why shouldn’t Ramjattan resign? He blocks a hospital that is good for the entire country because his client lost the bid. He is trying to block the Marriot because the owner of the Pegasus made a big contribution to their campaign and because he is the person’s lawyer. So you block a big investment for the country by talking about Chinese people coming to build it. The Chinese will build it but immediately after the Chinese leave in two years’ time, 500 young Guyanese will be working there,” Jagdeo said.

According to the former President, the opposition political parties are against every project that the PPP administration has embarked upon.

“There is not a single project; there is not a single thing that PPP could do that is good for this country.

This campus [Tain, UG Campus], when we wanted to build it, they said why do you want to take this campus in Tain, that we were bringing it close to our supporters. We ignored them; we brought it here because we believe the people in Berbice deserve the same right as people in Georgetown.”

Jagdeo also defended the construction of the Berbice River Bridge.

“The bridge that they promised to build in the 1960s, we build it and suddenly this bridge which cut out all the waiting time…imagine days and days of waiting for the ferry. The fare across the bridge that they said is too high, that fare is the same rate that people used to pay to cross on the ferry. It’s not higher but now the only good thing is that you can cross immediately. It’s such a good thing that they used against us.”

The former President also defended the Amaila Falls Hydro Project and the Airport Expansion.

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