By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman on Friday evening launched a scathing attack on the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Opposition over the stance the Party took on several issues.
Trotman, a former Speaker of the National Assembly, wasted no time in debunking Opposition claims of ethnic cleansing and truncation of the consideration of estimates.
The PPP alleged that the coalition government may have something to hide after Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo moved a motion to limit the considerations to three days.
“For all the years that I was here…we always had the estimates considered in three days…the (former) Opposition had to move a motion to have the estimates extended…there is no fourth, fifth, sixth or seventh day…the opposition had only three days to consider the motion.”
On claims of ethnic cleansing, Trotman argued that in governments all over the world, changes are made whenever there is a regime change hence the dismissals of public servants should be of no alarm.
“There is no government in the world; Moscow, Washington, New Delhi that doesn’t move people when they take over…it is a must…we reject this notion that to touch anyone is to cleanse,” Trotman said.
The Opposition, while claiming that the APNU-AFC budget is a carbon copy of PPP plans, has been very critical of the government’s $221B budget, something which Trotman debunked.
“You can’t suck cane and blow whistle at the same time; it is either we copy your good budget or the budget bad…One side has to win…and one side has to lose…your kingdom has been handed to the APNU+AFC,” he stated.
The Minister also stated that the new government welcomes the elections petition filed by the PPP opposition, nothing it will show that the current government won the elections by more than the 4,500 votes as released by the Guyana Elections Commission.