[www.inewsguyana.com] – Following an onslaught of criticism after it was revealed that the salary increase for Opposition parliamentarians are in the bank account of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has clarified that this is not entirely the case.
General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee at a press conference on November 16 had revealed that the bank account has been in existence for “as long as I can remember,” and that a certain percentage of the salary of PPP Parliamentarians usually goes into the account.
The General Secretary admitted that the account has a substantial amount of money in it. He made it clear that the Party is yet to decide on what to do with the salary increases – whether it will be given to charity or placed in the treasury.
“My increase usually goes into a PPP bank account…we opened that account many years ago, so many people send their bank account there or they come to the Party and deposit it with the management upstairs,” Rohee told reporters.
But Jagdeo claims that a separate account will be established to hold the funds at a local commercial bank. The Opposition Leader told reporters that the process will be very transparent and each month the Party will decide on which charity the monies will be donated to.