By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – After being accused of misleading the public on the land deal between convicted fraudster Edul Ahmad and Former President Bharrat Jagdeo, State Minister Joseph Harmon is standing his ground and is asking Jagdeo to bring evidence to the table.
Harmon at a recent post cabinet press briefing revealed that Ahmad had leased a prime piece of real estate for just $500,000 annually in 2008. The transaction, which would usually take months, was completed in a matter of seven days even while the property was the subject of a court dispute.
Harmon stated that government had moved to reclaim the property – a statement which Jagdeo declared as false – positing that the land deal with Ahmad was cancelled since 2009.
Questioned by reporters on Monday, December 14, 2015, Harmon said that Jagdeo should really support his statement by providing evidence that the land deal was terminated.
“I can support what I have said by producing to you a lease that has not been terminated…So if Mr Jagdeo is saying it was terminated, let him produce the documents…I am asking him to produce the evidence that the lease was terminated. I have a firm report from the (Guyana) Lands and Surveys Commission,” the Minister of State said.
Harmon said that the Government would now be looking to recover payments from Ahmad.
“I have asked lands and surveys to demand arrears payment from the company from 2009 to 2015 and the lease is now terminated from December 1st 2015.”