[www.inewsguyana.com] – Government Chief Whip and Presidential Advisor, Gail Teixeira has written to Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman, urging him to instruct Leader of the Alliance for Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan to publicly provide proof of which Members of Parliament were offered a $30 million bribe by the ruling People’s Progressive Party.
The AFC leader at his last press conference said, “we have gotten reliable information that the PPP’s answer to the no confidence motion is not what is said , but at least by buying off three parliamentarians at $30M each to vote no rather than yes, and that’s the only way …and that’s the only option they have.”
The main opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has vehemently denied that any of its Parliamentarians were offered bribes. Opposition Leader, David Granger even hinted that the AFC might have fabricated the allegations.
The Chief Whip in her letter to the Speaker stated, “However, these pronouncements by Mr. Ramjattan should not be treated solely in the realm of “political turf wars” of political parties– which the Government and the P.P.P. are capable of handling—but more importantly, these accusations bring all Members of Parliament in Guyana in to disrepute, and, in doing so, damages the image and integrity of the entire Guyanese Legislature, including you, as the Speaker.”
She further noted, “It appears that in Mr. Ramjattan’s blind haste to besmirch the government and the PPP he broadsided the entire Legislature and all Members of Parliament.
“This, l have no doubt, must have disturbed you as the Speaker of the National Assembly.
“I am therefore calling on you, sir, as Speaker, to call on M.P. Mr. Ramjattan to publicly retract his statement or provide proof of which Members of Parliament were offered bribes and by whom. Failing which, the Government Members of Parliament will call on him to be taken to the Privilege Committee for besmirching and denigrating the image and integrity of all MPs and the entire National Assembly.”
Ramjattan has since refused to reveal the names of the Parliamentarians who were allegedly offered a bribe.