By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is still to decide as to whether its Parliamentarians will accept the salary increases implemented by the APNU+AFC government.
General Secretary of the PPP, Clement Rohee avoided answering the question on Monday, October 19, 2015 during a press conference at Freedom House, while at the same time condemning the government for such increases.
He referred reporters to a PPP affiliated online website, which he says published the views of Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on the issue, but he [Rohee] could not say what the views of Jagdeo are.
However, later in the press conference, the General Secretary noted that the salary hike is a “parliamentary issue” and that it will be dealt with there. Rohee could not say definitively if the PPP Parliamentarians will accept or reject the increased salary which moved from $2M annually to $2.4M.
Reading from a prepared statement, Rohee said that the Party welcomes the “nationwide rejection of the selfish and self serving salary increase awarded to Ministers of the Granger led APNU+AFC coalition administration.”
According to Rohee, the nationwide rejection is a manifestation of the voice of the people, pointing out that the ratings for the new government have significantly dropped.
The General Secretary noted that the explanations given by President David Granger and other government officials, which sought to justify the salary hike, is not acceptable.
A wide cross section of society has condemned and continues to condemn the increase by the new government, which took office in May of this year. In addition to protests, persons have taken to popular social media platforms to vent their concerns.
The President recently admitted that the decision to increase the salaries of government ministers and Parliamentarians was an “unpopular one”; however he pointed out that it was done in the best interest of the country.