[www.inewsguyana.com] – Mere hours after the 2015 elections manifesto for the APNU+AFC Coalition was leaked Former President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo has said that he is not impressed by the document deeming it visionless.
The 46 page joint manifesto appeared online late Thursday evening and instantly gained the traction of persons who were eagerly awaiting its arrival.
Among its contents is a plan for a 10% across the board increase for public servants and a promulgation of a 7% annual economic growth rate. The document also states that the APNU+AFC intends to make Guyana the Singapore of the Americas.
But Jagdeo in a press statement recorded his initial reactions to the leaked document claiming it is “unimaginative, perfunctory, has no strategic clarity and it is sometimes contradictory in its policy prescriptions”
“In my estimation, 75% is arbitrary ad hoc extraction of policies that the PPP/C is already pursuing but without the strategic framework that our government has outlined in several public documents including the NDS, PRSP, NCS, LCDS and our five-year education plan. Because of the absence of this framework, the APNU-AFC manifesto lacks focus,” said the Former President.
He also labelled some of the promises by the coalition as “preposterous and an insult to the intelligence of the Guyanese people.”
“For example on page 12 it states: “ministers and senior government officials will be required to declare their assets.” This is already in the Integrity Commission Act and is being complied with by members of the PPPC Cabinet. The only people refusing to submit their statements of income and assets are some opposition leaders and some of their Members of Parliament,” Jagdeo’s statement read.
“However what is particularly revealing is their proposal to develop a long-term economic plan within first 100 days if they win the elections. How can they say they have a plan to develop the country and at the same time promise to write one if they win the elections? This is just one of the many instances of deceit and contradiction in the manifesto,” he added.
Jagdeo said that the manifesto confirms what the PPP has been saying over time – the APNU+AFC is against Guyana’s development.
“The opposition is notorious for being against things – Amaila Hydropower, Airport expansion, the Marriott Hotel, the Specialty Hospital, Amerindian Development Fund and UG students loans, among others. They are notorious for opposing things but are visionless and weak in outlining policies needed to improve the lives of our people,” the statement noted.