[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Juan Edghill has dismissed concerns of Parliamentarians from A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) in relation to the Donald Ramotar administration misusing state resources for election campaigning.
Minister Edghill challenged Opposition Leader David Granger to come up with “…hard evidence that funds are being squandered.”
He instead opined that the APNU Leader’s “rants” are based on fear. In a National Communications Network Inc. interview, following the announcement that May 11 is polling day, the Minister noted that more attacks and ‘truth twisting’ can be expected.
He explained the scenario that there is a huge disparity between reality and the Opposition’s interpretation.
“Every government minister and ministry must continue to carry out their function…all the roads that are being built have to continue, the schools that are being built have to continue, they have to be managed, the project execution unit must be able to manage them, people must get paid their salaries, hospitals must function, school must go on, and children must be able to write their exams.”
This according to the Minister is not electioneering, but simply fulfilling of designated duties, and a carrying out of functions. He went on to state that Guyana must remain normal, and that “an election was never meant to collapse a country, an election is an event that allows the people of the country to give a review on the performance of the government and determine if they would like to have a change and it must be done in a particular environment.”
Minister Edghill further explained that one must grasp that there is a difference between a government function and a political party campaigning for support for a cause. [Extracted and modified from GINA]