By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Khurshid Sattaur is once again in the local spotlight after he received a hefty dose of criticism from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo over the release of private tax information.
Sattaur in the past week has lashed out against politician James Bond who had called for his resignation, accusing him of corrupt practices involving a motorcycle.
But Prime Minister Nagamootoo during an appearance on Hard Talk aired on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday June 21, made it clear that Sattaur had no right to release such information and by doing so has brought his office into disrepute.
“If Bond had done something that created an infraction of the law, there is clearly a legal course – you call the police in. The fact that you sat on it and didn’t do anything it means you condone it and selectively you use it against the person… If you go after people they way that I read you are going after James Bond you are bringing disrepute to your office,” said Nagamootoo.
The Prime Minister stated that he would have expected that Sattaur, being in the position that he is in, would tell the Guyanese people that he (Sattaur) believes the Commissioner General’s position should be one of highest integrity.
“If you desecrate the high office and you demean the function that you hold, then I would expect that you didn’t need the axe to fall,” the Prime Minister noted.
He reminded that Sattaur is “dealing with the efficacy of public funds, you’re collecting the people’s money, you’re holding the people’s purse” hence the Commissioner General should be open to public scrutiny and criticism without reacting in such a manner.
“Prime Minister or Moses Nagamootoo has said something about him so he can go and dig something to see if he has a file on Nagamootoo, you can do that Sattaur; you are dealing with Moses Nagamootoo here. You know I will never be intimidated,” the Prime Minister underscored.