By Jomo Paul
[wwww.inewsguyana.com] – Days after the draft Code of Conduct for Ministers, Parliamentarians and other officer bearers was released, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) says that the document is “farcical.”
General Secretary, Clement Rohee at a press briefing on Monday, November 09, stated that the APNU+AFC administration from the time of its assumption to office have breached the very code that is being adumbrated.
According to Rohee, the government breached the code when it failed to declare the amount of money that was spent to host the inauguration of President David Granger on May 26.
The draft code stipulates that “The acceptance of gifts and other forms of rewards, worth more than ten thousand dollars, by Ministers, Members of Parliament and public office holders in their official capacity, shall be reported to the Integrity Commission. Ministers, Members of Parliament and public office holders should consider declining such gratuities if the acceptance of same could be perceived to have an affect their objectivity and lead to complaints of bias or impropriety.”
Rohee claimed that effectively this has been breached with the APNU+AFC claiming that no State funds were spent for the exercise.
“On the one hand you are saying that a specific amount of money has to be declared but from the very outset you are not declaring how much money was spent on the inauguration – the whole thing started on a farcical basis,” said Rohee.