[www.inewsguyana.com] – Embattled former Minister of Public Service, Jennifer Westford has reportedly been removed from the parliamentary list of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), a PPP insider has told iNews.
The source also revealed that the PPP will not be attending the 2015 budget presentation by Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan set for Monday, August 10.
On July 30, PPP Executive Member, Dr Roger Luncheon was asked about Westford’s Parliamentary status, given the fact that she was charged with four counts of attempted larceny, involving a vehicle scam during her tenure as Public Service Minister. She was placed on $800,000 bail.
He had said that no decision was made by the leadership of the Party and that she is “innocent until proven guilty.”
Westford is also embroiled in another scam involving $355M which cannot be accounted for during her tenure as Public Service Minister. The sum was apparently withdrawn in parts over several years, with the most recent activity being earlier this year. She has already been questioned by the police in this case.
Meanwhile, the PPP is also under immense pressure to replace former Ministers Bheri Ramsaran and Anil Nandlall as Parliamentarians, given the charge brought against Ramsaran and the controversy surrounding Nandlall in the murder of political activist, Courtney Crum Ewing.
Ramsaran was recently charged with the offence of insulting language, which was allegedly committed against Women Rights Activist, Sherlina Nageer on April 20, 2015 outside the Whim Magistrate’ Court, when he threatened to slap and strip her naked.
As it relates to the PPP’s attendance in Parliament, iNews was reliably informed that the Party will only take up its seats when the budget debates are set to commence.
The Party is being led by former President, Bharrat Jagdeo.