By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Amerindian Affairs Minister Pauline Sukhai has defended the use of $2.1M for dental works.
In the run up to the May 11 polls, information was released which showed that Sukhai and several other government Ministers had used exorbitant sums for varying health procedures.
When questioned about the expenditure on Saturday August 15, Sukhai responded that she was entitled to the benefits hence saw no reason why it should be considered a travesty.
According to Sukhai, the former Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon, in her view, would have cleared the air on the issue, “not only of former Minister Pauline Sukhai but all those other former ministers who were entitled to health benefits due to their positions in the former government.”
She maintained that the funds were properly approved and were not misappropriated on her behalf.
“I did not have the direct hand of signing off on these funds…Minister Sukhai did not misappropriate this fund…My dental fee was an entitlement, it was duly approved and I have no fear for that,” she stated.
The PPP nominated Member of Parliament however, would not state how the funds were used contending that her medical history was private.
“Excuse me? People’s medical history is confidential and I would like that my medical bill be confidential. I would not ask you if you have HIV,” Sukhai stated.
She went further to suggest that she was specifically targeted because of her ethnic background.
“Is it that Minister Pauline Sukhai…is the criticism being levelled at Sukhai because she is an Amerindian…the way it was put forward during the elections it was as the Minister Sukhai misappropriated this fund,” the Former Minister contended.