By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Khurshid Sattaur is not taking lightly recent calls by former Parliamentarian of A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), James Bond, for him to resign.
Bond, during his appearance on the radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ aired on 90.1 Love FM on Sunday, June 14, opined that Sattaur is a failure and should resign.
“I think Khurshid Sattaur should do the right thing and resign. He should go. I think he is a failure, he has done an injustice to public office and he should go immediately. Were I the President and were I the Minister of State, I would fire him immediately…The very minute I was sworn in, I would have said you sir, should go,” Bond stated.
Sattaur, in a comment to iNews on Monday June 15, made it clear that he has no intentions of resigning from his portfolio, insisting that his tenure has been transparent.
The Commissioner General proffered also that Bond may have some residue of bitterness within him adding that the former MP would do well to shut his mouth.
“I am very sorry for him and his animosity and his high level of bitterness…that bitterness seems to be something that is quite prevalent. I think that bitterness stems from the fact that in government and State entities that the Heads should be removed…their expectations were not realised so they have become very bitter and disgruntled…If he understands my track record at GRA, how efficient I have been in getting the revenues, he will keep his mouth shut, and not utter a word of condemnation against me,” said the GRA Head.
Sattaur also pointed out that Bond is making use of unproven allegations to peddle the resignation calls and he should know better given the fact that he is a lawyer.
“When people are using allegations to brand people, allegations of impropriety, allegations have no factual basis…unless those allegations are proven, it is very unwise, unethical and unprincipled,” Sattaur opined.
In September 2014, the Alliance For Change (AFC) had issued a statement, calling for Sattaur to be sent packing, in wake of reports in the Kaieteur News that a number of independent media houses are being targeted by the Revenue Authority for reporting stories that do not find favour with the PPP Civic, which was in government at the time.
The report revealed alleged email exchanges between the GRA Commissioner General, the former Attorney General and others where tax documents regarding the income and expenditure of a number of media houses were sent allegedly by the Commissioner General to government officials.