The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Administration is totally uninterested in Local Government Elections and generally incapable of properly managing the affairs of the country; more particularly, the delivering of electricity at an affordable price to the Guyanese people from a Hydro Electric facility.
This is according to the opposition – A Partnership for National Unity in a press statement today, Friday July 19.
In the National Assembly yesterday, APNU voted against two pieces of legislation which was needed to empower the Amaila Falls Hydro Project
In the press statement, APNU’s justification for not supporting the legislation has to with Government’s refusal to debate the Local Government Bills.
“Based on the realization that four Local Government Bills which were previously sent to a Select Committee had returned to the House and the importance with which we place on Local Democracy, APNU with the support of the AFC agreed to exercise our right to amend the standing order making way for debate and passage of the four Local Government Elections Bills.
When called upon by the Speaker to present the four Bills, the Minister of Local Government, Mr. Ganga Persaud became “MUTE” and despite the urging of the Speaker of the National Assembly, arrogantly and contemptuously remained SILENT,” APNU stated.
According to the party, this action by the Minister effectively prevented the National Assembly from delivering to the Guyanese people the legal instruments which would facilitate them taking back their communities from the Interim Management Communities imposed by the PPP/C.
APNU explained that further amendments were made to the Hydro Electric Amendment Bill with the last one filed by the Prime Minister on the day of the sitting, Thursday 18th July and placed among the bundle of papers the MPs saw when they arrived in the National Assembly.
“Having regard to its late submission MPs would have had no time to fully cogitate on the significance of the amendments proposed by the Government,” APNU explained.
According to the party, “In the face of the Opposition unwillingness to proceed to debate amendments to the law in this fashion, the Government insisted on doing so and the result is for all to see.
Knowing that the Opposition has the Majority in the National Assembly and still deciding to proceed showed the character of the PPP/C; Arrogant, Contemptuous and Suicidal.”