PPP ready to legally challenge new contract for Specialty Hospital

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By Fareeza Haniff

Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall and PPP Parliamentarian, Gail Teixeira. [iNews' Photo]
Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall and PPP Parliamentarian, Gail Teixeira. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall says that the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is ready to mount a legal challenge over government’s decision to award the Specialty Hospital contract to Fedders Lloyd.

During a press conference at Freedom House on Wednesday, December 02, 2015, Nandlall said it is no secret that the Company shares a “close relationship” with Vice President, Khemraj Ramjattan.

According to Nandlall, the Procurement Act mandates that the contract for the hospital be retendered, since there is no provision in the act that allows the government to give a contract to the second bidder.

“The company has a close relationship, apparent or real, with Vice President, Khemraj Ramjattan…It is not about the company, it is about the process; it must be transparent, it must be accountable and it must conform to the Procurement Act,” Nandlall said.

He further noted that “If the government insists in proceeding with the project in the manner they have signaled, we reserve the right to challenge the process legally and to bring an abrupt halt to it; the rule of law must prevail.”

Meanwhile, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the government and the Company does not give them the authority to begin work on the hospital, Nandlall said.

“I don’t think that the Indian Exim Bank will release money based upon a Memorandum of Understanding.”

The PPP remains resolute in its position that the manner in which government wants to proceed with this project is “corrupt, wrong and unlawful to handpick Fedders Lloyd.”

5 COMMENTS

  1. Rumjatt must be drinking too much these days. These idiots will continue to full their pockets. Awarding contracts to their cohorts and bypassing the tender process is the only way this Defacto Government knows how to conduct business.

  2. The PPP/c on the right track stop this people go to the right way not a hand pick this money talk not campain talk

  3. The PPPs hysterical reactions to this Specialty Hospital project being awarded to Fedders Lloyd are nothing but theatrical irony.
    Simply saying the company was linked to Khemraj Ramjattan is not enough to bar it from executing the project, because New GPC was sold to Jagdeo’s best friend, who then started receiving millions of dollars in sole-sourcing of pharmaceutical products to the government.
    What Jagdeo and his best friend did is worse than Ramjattan merely advocating for Fedders Lloyd, which had a better track record than Surendra; the latter running off with US$4m and no work being done.
    In a weird way, however, I don’t fault Jagdeo and his minions for taking the fight to the coalition, because the coalition is failing to take decisive legal action against those behind the various acts of stealing as reported by various audits. Jagdeo et al really feel vindicated and empowered.

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