[www.inewsguyana.com] – Government today announced at a post cabinet media briefing that Chief Executive Officer of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington has been sent on immediate leave.
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon said that reports regarding his handling of the entity’s business are being sent to the Police and the Special Organised Crime Unit to determine criminality.
Brassington’s deputy, Marcia Nadir – Sharma has also been sent on leave immediately. According to Harmon, this leave will facilitate a “transaction audit” that is to be conducted by the Office of the Auditor General.
“In cabinet’s view there is sufficient information provide in the report to the agencies for them to explore further and basically for them to dig deeper,” said Harmon.
Brassington on Monday denied having committed any crimes and accused a forensic auditor, Anand Goolsarran of divulging contents of the draft report without giving the company’s principals an opportunity to comment.
“As far as I know I have not broken any laws and if Mr. Goolsarran is suggesting it then I believe I have a clear defense on why what we did was properly done and we should not be held responsible,” Brassington told a recent news conference.
On Tuesday, Former President Donald Ramotar says the “attacks” against Brassington are unwarranted and malicious.
The former President in a statement on December 22 said that he has “seen the sustained attacks on Winston Brassington in certain sections of the media and from the supporters / operators of the APNU + AFC regime for his work as head of NICIL.”