[www.inewsguyana.com] – While there has been no official word from the APNU/AFC government on a leaked “report” by the Asset Recovery Unit on the sale of house lots at Sparendaam, East Coast, Guyana or Pradoville 2; claiming breach of procedures and suggesting action against former PPP government ministers, the Opposition PPP is calling the entire matter a “manufactured controversy.”
Former Housing and Water Minister Irfaan Ali has dismissed the allegations of misconduct. He said that the claims are “vexatious” and “lacking potency”.
Ali posited that the story which appeared in sections of the media was aimed at “creating a manufactured controversy which did not exist with the aim of diverting attention from the public outrage over the Government criminal and shameful decision to increase the pay of its Ministers by 50 per cent in a clandestine manner”.
Also PPP/C Member of Parliament and Attorney-at-Law Charles Ramson Jr also opined that the Attorney General could not charge or institute charges against any former Government Minister.
“This Unit must also know that the AG cannot direct the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions] on any matter especially where it has to do with criminal or civil charges. The fact that such a recommendation could have been reportedly made according to this report brings into question the competency, capacity and scope of the Agency.”
The leaked report from the Unit suggests that action/charges be taken against former ministers who acquired house lots in the area; claiming misconduct.
The report was reportedly sent to Attorney General Chambers from the Asset Recovery Unit.
The document is claiming that the plots were sold below market price and there were breaches in the procedures for various transactions.
Persons who have acquired housing plots in the area include former President Bharrat Jagdeo, former Ministers Priya Manichand, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud, Dr. Nanda Gopaul, Shaik Baksh and Jennifer Westford, Lisaveta Valantina Ramotar (daughter of former President Ramotar), former Chief of Staff and current Presidential Advisor Admiral Gary Best, Director of Public Prosecutions Shalimar Ali-Hack, privates sector head Ramesh Dookhoo, former President of the CDB Compton Bourne, Ghansham Singh and Kamini Parag-Singh, Florrie Loretta Ramnauth, Raj Singh, , Andrew Ranji Bishop, Safraaz Khan, George Hallaq and Nada Hallaq and Future Developers International (Guyana) Inc.
The report also referred to Robert Persaud and Priya Manichand who developed properties on the plots and subsequently disposed of those.
It is claimed by the APNU+AFC appointed unit that the lands were transferred with several conditions which stated that failure to comply will result in penalties by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).
However, sources close to the CHPA are disputing this claim; pointing to documents which showed that permission was granted by the CHPA in accordance with the CH&PA Act for the sale/transfer of the plots.