PPP says Budget unconstitutional;  House to amend

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By Jomo Paul

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has revealed that the 2015 Budget Estimates presented to the National Assembly by Finance Minister Winston Jordan are unconstitutional and against two of the first set of legislation passed by the new Government.

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall said the Budget is “inconsistent with and in violation of the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2015 (Act No. 2 of 2015) and the Fiscal Management and Accountability (Amendment) Act 2015 (Act No. 4 of 2015) both passed by the 11th Parliament and that portions of those Estimates or the Estimates in their entirety, maybe unlawful, null, void and of no effect.”

According to Nandlall, the Budget provides funds for the Guyana Elections Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman and several other constitutional bodies under Ministries and government agencies when this should not be the case in accordance with the two pieces of legislation.

Effectively, the law now provides that these Bodies be independent and therefore should appear under a different line item in the Budget.

“We examined the estimates to see whether they confirm to these two pieces of legislation…we found that the estimates in their current form are violative of the two legislation…It was accepted by the government as they were constructed are in violation of these two legislation,” said Nandlall at a press conference in Parliament building.

It was related that the two sides arrived at a consensus to pass a motion to amend the budget to reflect funding for constitutional agencies in a manner that is reflective of the correct process.

Consideration of the 2015 Estimates were supposed to commence at 9:00 AM on Monday; however that has been delayed as the two sides sought consensus on the issue.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Kudos to the PPP/C. This is exactly what the role of the opposition is; to be the watchdog that ensure that the government don’t/can’t slip one by anybody. Thought this might be of little consequence; much ado about little, it is a big win for the people of Guyana and politics of this country. APNU+AFC… be diligent, don’t give the opposition too much work to do 🙂

  2. Guyana can NEVER move forward to prosperity as a Nation because there is too much hatred by both parties.
    Guyana needs to be divided into two separate countries, only then can everyone be respected and prosper.

  3. What crass incompetency by the ruling Granger Cabal ? The professed to be the salvation of the Guyanese nation !!! That they will save us from the ‘corrupt elite PPP” ! That the functionaries of the PPP/C were under educated, uncouth, hopeless !!! I am simply perplexed… the very Anil Nandlall who was described by the ruling in adjectives unmentionable… now has to “correct procedural mistakes’ ????? where are we heading ? I hope by now the populace have recognized what they have lost in voting in the AFC/APNY/PNC cabal !!!! Stark naked incompetence !!! Better yet… Moses as acting President foists himself on Parliament!!! Harmon claiming 60% achievement on 100 days program and Granger saying 50%…. and a crime disaster situation which was never conceived to be where it is under the ‘military cabal” the way it is !!!! The current cabal should throw in the towel !!!! 100 days too long !!!!!

  4. the most important is if something is wrong its wrong it cannot be right Mr.Massiah, don,t try to cover up for your stupid and dunce set of people.

  5. Every wrong the P.N.C govt does is either a mistake or its simply Ok according to their bias followers in their defence.But every negative action of the P.P.Pis readily pointed out by the P.N.C is overwhelming joy for their supporters.Wrong is made right.

  6. Has any of these fools who claim that this is some big failure ever seen any estimates? All that is wrong here is that the monies were under a different heading because of a change in laws and creating independent financial entities. I worked with estimates for years. It isn’t passed as yet. It is just like editing. Just put the amounts under new headings and line item votes. It is a 15 min job. They were in the old headings period. Simple error, I have read books that were revised 10 times and still find errors. This is a non issue.

  7. They are only stupid to you Maharanee because they are not thieves like the ppp crooks we were saddled with. They attended a law school that did not teach how to steal.

  8. Everyone knows that the entire govt is unconstitutional.. I blame the foreign agencies for their nose digging into out politics.. now I guess we are as screwd as the middle eastern countries.. “let’s see how the cookie crumbles”.

  9. Guys the budget is only unconstitutional to you and maybe that is because just possible for the first time since 1999 it is not padded with perks that would usually end up in bank accounts and pricy SUVs. Get use to the fact that the gravy train has left the station. No more freebees no more spending the peoples money as though it belong to you. You are going to have to make ends meet as hard as it will be for you multi millionaires.

  10. Correct these procedural mistakes and be extremely careful going forward to ensure all decisions are in compliance with established laws, rules and regulations.
    The PPP may be on its game with this discoveries, but these are procedural errors and not deliberate acts intended to defraud the government and people of Guyana to the benefit of a few, as obtained under previous PPP regimes.

  11. what kind of legislator we have in Guyana, they don’t what they are doing and are always ready to critized the opposition,
    What is the great mimister of legal affairs doing, waiting on Anil to tell them what to do, they must focus on their duty , not to FIRE Indians from their job, SHAME APNU/ AFC dunces

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