By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Clement Rohee made his budget presentation to the National Assembly on Thursday, August 20 to loud heckling from the government side of the House.
Rohee, a former Home Affairs Minister under the PPP/C administration, noted his disgust with the current probes and audits being conducted by the new government. He stated that it is a contributory factor to the current sloth affecting Guyana’s economy.
“Nine audits, two probes, 12 investigations, two commission of inquiries and two reviews…Guyana has become a haven for audits, investigations and probes,” said the PPP Parliamentarian.
He also told the House that his “experience in other countries have shown that exercises of this nature slows down a country’s economy and that is precisely what is happening in Guyana…This country will suffer from collateral damage as a result of these actions that are taking place in this country,” said Rohee.
Referring to the Budget presentations made, Rohee said at one point of the debates, he concluded that he what he was listening to plain plagiarism.
“At one point in time I thought there were some who chose the drive thru and pick-up a speech option for this Honourable House,” said Rohee.
At this point, Chief Whip for the Government Amna Ally shouted “Tell we about the eleven telephones you got, you alone, eleven telephones.”
Rohee nevertheless continued his debate, turning his attention to Citizenship Minister Winston Felix and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin, where he noted that while one member stated that Guyana is open for business, another is seeking to limit employment visas being granted.
“I am hearing that Guyana is open for business but you have to write exams before you enter…I feel so sad as a Guyanese when I see four Indian Nationals sitting on the tarmac of our airports; it reminds me of Guyanese sitting on the benches of airports.”
Rohee also said that Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan is failing the security sector and showing a piece of paper on the crime rate proves nothing.
“The King is dead, long live the King – enter Honorable member Ramjattan,” said Rohee.