By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of State, Joseph Harmon is apologising to any member of the Guyanese public that may have been offended when he said he had “no apologies” to make over the salary increases for government ministers and parliamentarians.
When the scandal over the clandestine move by the Government to increase the salaries of office holders broke, Harmon in a solicited comment on October 06, stated that the increases were justifiable.
“We have to pay people well if we want them to perform. I am not going to say that I make any apologies whatsoever for Ministers getting increase in salaries, they deserve it.”
Following this statement, there was public outcry and several civil society groups berated Harmon and the Government over the issue.
Harmon has been out of the public domain since and post cabinet briefings were hosted by Governance Minister, Raphael Trotman.
Questioned by iNews at a post cabinet press conference on November 20, Harmon stated that it was never his intention to offend the Guyanese public.
“I have made a statement, in front of all of you; you would recall the circumstances under which it was made. – I said I had no apologies to make to the PPP,” Harmon stated.
He then offered his apology.
“But in the event that the Guyanese people, if they felt hurt or offended by it, I would say I apologise to the Guyanese people not to the PPP because I don’t think that they deserve it,” said the State Minister.