Sattaur fires back at James Bond over resignation calls

Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Khurshid Sattaur

By Jomo Paul

Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Khurshid Sattaur
Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Khurshid Sattaur

[] – 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.

Attorney - at - Law and APNU Member, James Bond
Attorney – at – Law and APNU Member, James Bond

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.




  1. This is nonsense the APNU-AFC government is try all.ways to get rid of every other political party. Supporters and put their in government. So they can built their bank account

  2. It’s amazing how u people think; twist it or turn it; whoever takes Sattaur place will do no different; when the pl in higher office call for information u better send it or suffer the consequences… Remember there are many ways to skin a cat….all over the world it happens….all the years Sattaur has exceeded his targets; always….I’m sure he has learnt from his mistakes….we would always be loyal to our bosses….

  3. Sattaur, do nothing, fear nothing. This is very unprofessional for you to be answering in this manner. The new administration wants professionalism, not the ‘rub down, shove down’ attitude of yours. You want to keep your job, keep your damn mouth shut. Arrogance will expose you more. Time will tell!!! All the misdeeds and abuse of staff will come back to bite you. Karma is a bitch.

  4. Sattaur may feel he has done a good job at GRA, but the e-mail gate issue made it difficult for him to continue heading the GRA now that we know he could use his office as a weapon. Moreover, he has five relatives working at the GRA, which is a conflict of interest/nepotism issue.

  5. sattaur you are a disgrace to the office of the GRA. You used that office for political vendetta against many Guyanese who stop up and said the ppp were stealing the people’s monies and behaving like they own Guyana. I can’t fathom why the minister has kept you on. You think when you have power you can use it to vilify and silence critics of the ppp crooked regime. You should be fired and humiliated publicly. You don no deserve that office.

  6. The government need to be careful, all the political appointee who are holding on to their offices have something to hide for their masters – (opposition) and they will dig the FROG AND THE SCORPION ACTION on them- everybody need to look up that story.

  7. Mr. Sattaur what makes you think that you deserve to stay in office…. unless you can show that you are and have been professional in the execution of your duties then stay put and keep hold of the rope that Ms. Sooba was holding on to

  8. I do agree with james bond. This man, sattaur, can’t be trusted. After passing personal information of citizens to jagdeo, anil etc, he’s still thinks he’s worthty of sitting for the present government. He has broken the code of his duties. Not to mention, the ministry had became his office of employment for his family etc yet he still cant see where he’s not fit for that post? He should be ashamed to reply to such call. They, pppc, have been on a cloud where, to this day, they haven’t realized they had fallen off.

  9. Sattaur talking about bitterness… he should look no further than his nose… the ppp relic from the past regime. They are so bitter and full of hatred. They don’t give one iota of care to people and country. They pillaged the treasury running all type of illicit schemes with various bank accounts of the peoples monies controlled by individuals that have no business doing so. They had parallel treasuring running roughshot on parliament. Oh sattaur your slip is way down to your thighs. Shame on you sattaur. It’s time for you to go!


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