By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President and now Executive Member of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic, Bharrat Jagdeo has criticised the track record of former Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge under the People’s National Congress (PNC), while at the same time commending the work done by current Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh under the PPP administration.
At a press conference on Saturday, March 28, Jagdeo revealed that Greenidge bought a home in Bel Air Gardens to the tune of $4M shortly after demitting office post 1992 elections.
He berated what he termed a lack of transparency during the period that Greenidge held the portfolio as Finance Minister.
Members of the media were shown documentation which detailed Greenidge using his then ministerial portfolio even though the government had long since changed into the PPP/C administration.
“Here I have…a document…a transport it is dated January 25, 1993. Four months after the government had changed. The transport was issued to Minister Carl Greenidge for a house in Bel Air Gardens for 4 million dollars….he had long ceased to be Minister of Finance,” Jagdeo said while holding up a copy of the transport.
According to the Former President, the home was bought from Guyana Stores Limited (GSL).
“You cannot run from your record,” Jagdeo declared, as he said that Greenidge has “a lot of things” to answer with respect to corruption and economic policies.
He referred to the state of Guyana’s economy when the PPP/C took office after the 1992 elections pointing out that everything was in a state of decay.
“He said he [Greenidge] made some changes in processes that allowed the PPP to start producing the accounts from 1992 but that changes that he made could not have been implemented before……You would believe that he left us a wonderful economy the way Carl Greenidge and the others speak about it,” Jagdeo said.
When asked whether he believes that Dr Singh has an unblemished record having served as Finance Minister for the past 8 years, Jagdeo responded in the affirmative.
“I think Ashni Singh is a bright young man…. I think he has done a great job as Minister of Finance and I think that he has been the subject of a vicious campaign by several persons because they can’t get their way of shutting down the country because effectively what they would have done is shut down the country,” the Former President said.
This is in the face of several court actions being levied against the Finance Minister and the recent ruling by Chief Justice Ian Chang that Dr Singh was wrong to spend monies not approved in the National Assembly.
But according Jagdeo “they made it look like Ashni Singh stole the money…there is no criminal liability of anything of that sort….they have made it look like if Ashni Singh is a thief and he is not.”