By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is now responsible for two key aspects of the APNU+AFC’s plan to take Guyana forward – the Information Sector and constitutional reform.
The APNU+AFC in its elections manifesto stated that it “recognizes that the Constitution, in its current form, does not serve the best interest of Guyana or its people.”
The coalition pledged that within three months of taking up office, APNU+AFC will appoint a Commission to amend the Constitution with the full participation of the people.
According to the coalition, the amended constitution will put the necessary checks and balances in place to consolidate Guyana’s “ethos of liberal democracy. Freedom of speech,reduction of the power of the President and the Bill of Rights will be enshrined in the document.”
As it relates to the information sector, APNU+AFC stated that it would give priority to the restructuring and liberalisation of the telecommunications and information sectors.
Nagamootoo in a recent interview indicated that he has the responsibility of oversight for both of these sectors.
“I will oversee information sector and constitutional reform…particularly constitutional reform which we see as important so I will be driving that through my office,” the Prime Minister said.
He however indicated that his role is going to be one with some oversight of how all the ministries function.
Nagamootoo was sworn in on Wednesday at the Ministry of the Presidency after which he pointed out that for the constitutional reform, a start would be made “on humbling the powers of the president, the excessive powers of the executive, and to see how we could bring about greater inclusion within the governing system.”
Nagamootoo will also have direct responsibility of the Parliamentary Agenda for the APNU+AFC government.