Asset Recovery Unit claims on ‘Pradoville’ lots transactions being disputed

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Attorney General, Basil Williams.
Attorney General, Basil Williams.

[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Attorney General Chambers has reportedly been invited to review a report by the government Asset Recovery Unit in which it recommends action/charges in relation to the procedures used by the former PPP ministers, state functionaries and professionals to acquire house lots at a Sparendaam, East Coast, Demerara area referred to as ‘Pradoville 2’.

The document is claiming that the plots were sold below market price and there were breaches in the procedures for various transactions.

The report sent to the AG Chambers was reportedly leaked to sections of the media.

Persons who have acquired housing plots in the area include former President Bharrat Jagdeo, former Ministers Priya Manichand, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud, Dr. Nanda Gopaul, Shaik Baksh and Jennifer Westford, Lisaveta Valantina Ramotar (daughter of former President Ramotar), former Chief of Staff and current Presidential Advisor Admiral Gary Best, Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-Hack, privates sector head Ramesh Dookhoo, former President of the CDB Compton Bourne, Ghansham Singh and Kamini Parag-Singh, Florrie Loretta Ramnauth, Raj Singh, , Andrew Ranji Bishop, Safraaz Khan, George Hallaq and Nada Hallaq and Future Developers International (Guyana) Inc.

The report also referred to Robert Persaud and Priya Manichand who developed properties on the plots and subsequently disposed of those.

It is claimed by the APNU+AFC appointed unit that the lands were transferred with several conditions which stated that failure to comply will result in penalties by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).

However, sources close to the CHPA are disputing this claim; pointing to documents which showed that permission was granted by the CHPA in accordance with the CH&PA Act for the sale/transfer of the plots.

Dr Clive Thomas
Dr Clive Thomas

Meanwhile, a legal observer said that the Unit has neither authority nor legal standing to recommend any action or charges to the Attorney General in this or any other matter.

Also, the timing of the leaked document was questioned and the legal source said it is being used as a “distraction from the on-going controversy surrounding the 50% salary increase granted to ministers of the APNU-AFC government.”

iNews was unable to contact Dr. Clive Thomas who heads the Asset Recovery Unit or any of the persons who reportedly acquired housing plots in the Pradoville 2 area.

A former APNU MP has also challenged the sale of the housing plots in Pradoville 2 and Pradoville 1.

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. I am not seeing any denials or any other solid responses. Looks like the rats are cornered. They may have to base their defenses on loopholes and legal technicalities rather than on substance.

  2. SOME QUESTIONS FOR DR. CLIVE THOMAS : YOU DECLARED TO THE GUYANESE NATION AND THE WORLD THAT THE PPP/C MINISTERS SIPHONED OFF 300 BILLION A YEAR FROM THE GUYANA ECONOMY IN ITS 23 YEARS OF OFFICE .CAN YOU PLEASE IDENTIFY EXACTLY WHERE THE 6,900 BILLION CAME FROM ? IF NOT , WOULDN’T IT BE THE HONOURABLE THING FOR YOU TO APOLOGISE AND RESIGN FOR MISLEADING THE GUYANESE NATION ? DO YOU NOT FEEL A SENSE OF SHAME AS A ONCE RENOWNED ECONOMIST TO BE INVENTING STORIES ABOUT LAND BEING SOLD FOR A FEW DOLLARS LESS THAN IN OTHER AREAS AND MAKING IT THE THE THRUST OF YOUR ASSET RECOVERY PROGRAMME ?

  3. you know what this leak report show that the apnu/afc government is playing the media IT WAS THE LEAK REPORT OF PAY HIKE a few month ago then the retract their statement people already know how they work and used the media the media reports need to be aware of that.

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