By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Describing statements made by State Minister, Joseph Harmon over a land lease deal with convicted fraudster Edul Ahmad as “distortions,” Former President Jagdeo is now attempting to pull himself clean out of the scandal.
On Thursday, December 10, Harmon had revealed that under Jagdeo’s Presidency, Ahmad was afforded the option of leasing the prime piece of land for a menial amount of $500,000 per annum.
Even more, Harmon stated that the entire process took place while the land was the subject of a legal dispute with the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) and was completed in just about 7 days.
Jagdeo in an exclusive comment to iNews stated that Harmon’s utterances are distortions of what actually transpired.
“Sounds more like distortion. Revelations can’t describe an issue that was widely reported on since 2008,” said Jagdeo.
Jagdeo, who currently serves as Opposition Leader, also indicated that Harmon cannot cancel a lease that was relinquished in 2009.
Several hours after a follow up email was sent to Jagdeo, there was no response as to why the land was leased to Ahmad at such a low price and the fact that the entire transaction was completed in seven days.
It was revealed that while Ahmad made an initial payment of $500,000 for the lease, no other payments were made and the government would now be moving to repossess the property.
The land was leased to develop a Hotel that would include 150 rooms, a casino, and a bar, among other amenities. It was noted that after a certain period of time, Ahmad would have been allowed to purchase the land from the State.