“The State did not pay for any medevac for me” – Jagdeo pours cold water on allegations of abusing State funds

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By Jomo Paul

Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Bharrat Jagdeo has clarified that since he has stepped down from public office, he has not collected any monies from the State as it relates to medical expenses.

This declaration was made after Jagdeo was grilled by media operatives at a Press Conference on Tuesday, March 10 about his medical evacuation to Miami last year.

Early 2014, the Former President suffered an acute bout of dengue and had to be medically evacuated out of Guyana on a private jet at the advice of medical experts.

“That’s none of your business, it’s a private thing, the State didn’t pay for it…I haven’t received a cent for medical expenses since I left office, not one cent…the State did not pay, that’s my private business,” Jagdeo sharply retorted when posed with the question of his medical expenses by Editor of Capitol News, Neil Marks.

He said that since his departure from public office, he went for two medical operations, both of which were check-ups.

“I have not been reimbursed for it,” he said, subsequently noting that he does however intend to reclaim the monies spent for those two medical operations.

Jagdeo also addressed concerns about Government Ministers earning super salaries and living in big houses. Observers have noted that by doing this, the Party has effectively strayed from the principles of its founder, Dr Cheddi Jagan.

But according to Jagdeo, the PPP founder did not live in squalor but rather had a nice home on a prime property.

“Did that weaken his commitment to the cause? What is the point they’re making?” questioned Jagdeo.

He said he does not believe that officials should live in small homes to prove that they are not corrupt.

He said too that “in 20 odd years in public office, if the worst thing that they can say about me, is that I have a pension that they try to say I took for myself, which is not true and that I have a big house and a lot of money abroad…then I am good.”