APNU submits motion for Finance Minister to withdraw Budget estimates; Gov’t says it is unconstitutional

Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Greenidge

By Fareeza Haniff


APNU Member of Parliament, Joseph Harmon.
APNU Member of Parliament, Joseph Harmon.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – A motion by A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) was submitted to Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman on Tuesday, April 08, calling on Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh to withdraw the estimates of the 2014 National Budget so that changes can be made.

The motion is in the name of APNU Shadow Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge. Speaker Trotman will have to make a decision today, Wednesday April 09 when the National Assembly convenes.

When contacted, APNU Executive Member Joseph Harmon told iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) that the motion seeks to “deal with constitutional agencies and entities” that benefited from “lump sums” of money in the 2014 Budget.

When questioned, Harmon said he does not believe that the motion will delay the consideration of the estimates. He told iNews (www.inewsguyana.com) that the APNU and the government are working together to rectify the issue.

Government Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira
Government Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira

However, Government Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira told this online news service (www.inewsguyana.com) that they are in total disagreement with the motion.

“It is totally unprecedented and unconstitutional, but the ball is in the Speaker’s court,” Teixeira said.



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