By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The 2015 budget debate continued on Tuesday afternoon in the National Assembly with two Regional Members of Parliament making some bashful presentations.
APNU+AFC MP for Region 10 (Upper-Demerara Upper- Berbice), Jermaine Figueira in his maiden presentation stated that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic during its time in office ignored the needs of the Region but the residents still remained strong.
According to the new MP, now that the Party has been voted out of office, “the fish bones in our throats and monkeys on our backs” are gone.
He stated too that while the PPP was in office it failed to present tangible efforts to develop Guyana but now that the Party is in Opposition, it seems to have all the answers to the woes being faced by Guyana.
“Big cats and voodoo projects were the order of the day as the PPP became disconnected with the people and their needs,” he said.
Meanwhile, PPP’s Region Six (Corentyne-Berbice) Representative, Zulfikar Mustapha in his presentation however said that the Budget is filled with PPP ideas.
He warned the Alliance For Change (AFC) against its partnership with A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), contending that it will be a case of Déjà vu.
“We are having history repeating itself …we are hearing NU not PNC but Mr Speaker, karma is a funny thing,” said Mustapha.
The MP complained that there is ethnic cleansing, saying “many bright young people who are in government services and because of their political affiliation they are being sent home.”
He added that “ordinary people must not be threatened or suffer losses because they support a particular political party.” The PPP MP also claimed that the $221B budget is nothing more than a burden to the people of Guyana.