By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) today accused the ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Government of squandering state funds on its pre-election campaigns.
In a prepared statement that was read by Leader of the APNU David Granger, it was noted, “The People’s progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) administration has started its elections campaign with a massive spending spree of state funds. The squandermania is aimed unapologetically at wining votes from constituents and communities which the PPP/C is neglected for years.”
Government Ministers, Priya Manickchand, Norman Whittaker, Pauline Sukhai, Juan Edghill and Prime Minister Samuel Hinds have been identified by the APNU as the persons at the forefront of the spending spree.
Granger noted that it is not illegal but is convenient since the Party is only doing this to gain political mileage.
“The PPP is now in full election mode. It has deliberately delayed development projects so that they can be implemented and completed closer to the expected elections.”
The APNU Leader also noted with great attention, the threat by Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee.
“Threateningly equipped the Guyana Police Force with riot gear and has provocatively started training in crowd dispersal. This was timed to coincide with the stat of peaceful and lawful protests by A Partnership for National Unity to call local government elections last week.”
Granger went on to quote the Home Affairs Minister, who recently said he was preparing, “for the fight that is looming on the horizon on the elections front…to ensure that the Party is up and ready to contest successfully any of the two elections that are in the air.”
He then issued a call to Guyanese to beware of the motives “behind the PPP’s massive spending spree. The PPP/C is squandering state funds, not its own money, to win support for its elections campaign.”
The Party’s Chief Whip Amna Ali questioned the timing of a number of projects by the Government including the distribution of the $10,000 school grant, the distribution of equipment by Local Government Minister, Norman Whittaker to neighborhood Democratic Councils throughout the country.
She explained that these projects were budgeted for since earlier in the year but they were put off until its closer to elections.
She then spoke of the Prime Minister’s many visits to Berbice campaigning instead of dealing with the electricity problems that continue to affect thousands of Guyanese.
She said the PM is in Berbice posing with fruits and smiling. Ally questioned why only certain villages in East Berbice have received OLPFs and said it is blatant that the Party is giving it to people who supported them in the past.