By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has clarified that money was not utilized from the ‘public purse’ to send government ministers in New York for the victory rally of the APNU+AFC recently.
When questioned, Harmon told reporters on Wednesday, June 17 that tickets, hotel accommodation and transportation on the ground, were all paid for by the organizers of the event.
Ministers of Governance and Tourism, Raphael Trotman and Cathy Hughes, along with Harmon were present at the victory rally, which was held on June 14 in Brooklyn, New York.
“Not a cent from the public purse was spent on that visit,” Harmon said.
Meanwhile, when asked about President David Granger’s one day trip to New York, also at the weekend, Harmon clarified that it was a “private personal trip,” debunking reports that it was a medical one.
According to Harmon, the President is just like any other Guyanese and from time to time, he would need to take time off to deal with personal issues.