By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) has defended the twenty employees who were recently fired with immediate effect by the APNU+AFC administration.
iNews understands that the fired individuals were on the payroll of the National Communications Network (NCN) but were actually tasked with doing propaganda work for the PPP out of Office of the President.
When questioned about this issue at a press conference on Monday, June 08, General Secretary of the Party, Clement Rohee pointed out that the employees were not “illegally” hired.
“The main point that is being missed is that there was nothing illegal in the way people were employed. It was open,” Rohee told the news conference.
But while he condemned the government for firing the employees, Rohee acknowledged that changes are expected to be made when a new government takes office.
“Every time there is a change of government, there will be things which it did not agree with from the previous government. There is no government that comes in that takes up lock, stock and barrel.
“The APNU+AFC coalition came into government; they found certain things they were not happy with and they decided that they are not going to run with that,” Rohee said.
What the PPP has a problem with is the way in which the firing was done, the General Secretary clarified.
“They can change whatever they want to change; the question is how you go about doing it. We are against the method or the methodology that is being applied to dispense the services of people in an institutionary unit that you have a difficulty with. These people have signed contracts.”
When informed that the 20 individuals never turned up NCN even though they were listed on the payroll, Rohee reasoned that technology now makes it possible for persons to work away from their office.
“The way how technology is today, you don’t have to be at a location to be working.”
He further noted, “Every government sets up institutional arrangements as it deems fit to deal with issues. All I’m saying what they were doing is nothing illegal. If you’re questioning the modus operandi under which they received salaries, well that’s a matter for the people who employ them to answer.”