By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party/Civic is denying reports that prior to being voted out of office on May 11, it had plans to starkly increase the salaries of Ministers and other officials and that those plans were made in the Party’s Fiscal budget.
The new APNU+AFC Administration is “actively considering” a restructuring of the salary scale between Vice Presidents, Ministers, Junior Ministers, and Presidential Advisors, as was confirmed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.
The PPP has vociferously rejected this move saying that it is unwarranted; however when posed with the question of whether the same was planned under the former administration, PPP General Secretary Clement Rohee said he is unaware of such.
“I am not aware of that…PPP has also been very concerned about giving increases for themselves as against people working in the public service,” said the Former Home Affairs Minister.
When presented with the argument that higher paid public officials are less likely to yield to corruption, Rohee said that a person should not require more money to be incorruptible but rather, that quality should come from within.
“I was satisfied with what I was earning; I didn’t become a Minister only for the salary…You don’t need a salary to be decent and honest…you can do so without putting your hands in the cookie jar,” said Rohee during a PPP press conference at Freedom House on Monday, August 03.
He also pointed out that as Home Affairs Minister he received $579,000 per month as a salary. It should also be noted that Former Presidential Advisor Gail Teixeira and Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall each grossed over $1M per month.
Teixeira also had a mobile allowance that surpassed $1M per month from the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company.