[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) was pressured to recommend criminal charges against its “members of the Party”, referring to the saga involving former Minister of Public Service, Jennifer Westford.
The PPP in a statement claims that it has taken note of efforts by the “Granger Administration to persecute PPP members using the Police and the Courts to do so. The Party wishes to remind of statements made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge, who was quoted in sections of the media as saying, “I think there is a lot of pressure on the relevant ministers to ensure that people are prosecuted.”
According to the PPP, Greenidge’s statement is not the only one which is centrally directed to exert pressures on the DPP’s Chambers, the police and ultimately the courts.
“Clearly, the aim is to achieve a goal that is consistent with a political-motivated agenda of the Granger Administration. The PPP, therefore, urges the DPP’s Chambers, the Guyana Police Force and the Judiciary, to act independently of any political interference.”
“Moreover, the PPP registers its concern over the increasing attempts by Granger and his cohorts to give orders and directives to constitutional office holders, which by its very nature, constitutes a serious threat to our democracy and the erosion of the doctrine of separation of powers,” the statement noted.
On Tuesday, July 28, the DPP advised that Westford and Personnel Officer, Margaret Cummings be charged for the illegal transfer of at least eight government vehicles in her name and that of her husband.