By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon says the ongoing budget preparation by the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government will be ‘re-fashioned’ by the political Opposition in the 11th Parliament.
In his explanation of Government’s action in this regard, Harmon told iNews that the political Opposition was not consulted for the preparation of budget 2015.
During a telephone interview with iNews, Harmon acknowledged that it is the responsibility of the Government to prepare a national budget but inclusion of key stakeholders is pivotal in this process to ensure the Guyanese people benefit.
“In any event, in a next Government we are not bound by the framework which this Government establishes in the preparation of a budget. I believe our focus will definitely be a different one from what the PPP is focused on, what they call transformational projects to the expense of the poor people, the working class of this country. We have to refashion that budget,” Harmon said.
He believes that the government is now spending money unlawfully and expects that the 11th Parliament will ratify their unlawful spending.
Harmon questioned government’s certainty of the outcome of the next general and regional elections, slated for May 11, 2015.
“I don’t know why Dr. [Roger] Luncheon is assuming that the PPP will be in government in the 11th Parliament and so he believes they can actually spend money and not account for it at that time, it is I believe contentious, it is an obnoxious statement for him [Dr Luncheon] to make.”
Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon on Friday announced that the life of the 10th Parliament is “history’; however preparations are still ongoing for budget 2015.
On November 10, 2014, President Donald Ramotar decided to prorogue Parliament in order to avoid an Opposition sponsored No Confidence Motion against the government.
The President is yet to make a proclamation for the dissolution of Parliament, in order to make May 11 the official ‘E’ day.