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Govt scraps BK Tiwari’s advisorial appointment , amid mounting pressure

Under intense criticisms from certain quarters, the Ministry of the Presidency announced  that Brian Tiwari’s appointment as Business Adviser to the government has been scrapped.

“The appointment of Mr. Brian Tiwari as Ministerial Advisor on Business Development has been rescinded,” the Ministry of the Presidency said in a statement.

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), which is the major constituent in the governing coalition, had severely criticised Tiwari and his company for the quality of work that had been done several years ago and had observed that he had been still awarded contracts.

Tiwari was widely regarded as one of the ‘Bs’ that had encircled then President Bharrat Jagdeo and his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC).

Political Scientist, Freddie Kissoon, reacting to government’s decision to rescind Tiwari’s appointment, said government was forced to respond to widespread criticisms. “I think it came about because of the reaction of society and it shows that if this society is not vigilant this government is capable of egregious behaviour like the last one,” he told Demerara Waves Online News.

Tiwari’s name has been called in government-sponsored forensic audit reports that shows that he was engaged in certain deals involving lands that he had purchased from government and sold for hefty sums.  “I cannot believe that this government has done it but they have done it,” said Kissoon, a former University of Guyana Political Scientist and well-known harsh critic of the then People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) with which Tiwari had enjoyed close relations.

This is the second time in less than one month that the coalition has had to back-pedal on persons it has selected; the first being Winston Harding. A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) dissociated itself from Harding’s candidacy after the media had widely reported that he had been fingered in alleged sexual offences.

  • rudeo

    now…wa a go happen….laff pun laff…..mo comedy dan cns 6

    • Emile_Mervin

      After all that was reported in the media, who in the damn coalition came up with this idea and why? Did something happen under the table or behind closed doors?

      A likely follow up question would be, who ordered the appointment be rescinded and why?

      • rudeo

        watch for more unfolding jokes

  • Col123

    Too many darn cooks…why do they need so many advisors..Are these folks a bunch of nitwits?..what happened to the solutions they had to govern?..Do they need an expert to rig the next election?..They better start looking now!

    • Emile_Mervin

      At the rate they are going they may need help with the 2020 elections, if they are not pushed back another five years while tinkering with the constitution.

      • Col123

        EM: Election in 2025??? I am thinking in the year 2090!!..By then, pegasse will be a staple diet in Guyana…

    • rs dasai

      Guys:
      Many cooks are needed to advise and assist the ‘Chef’. This is normal in any
      GVT or big business. Remember that a Permanent Secretary of a Ministry is an unnamed ‘advisor’ to that Minister regarding procedures and regulations while the Minister oversees and implements the broader ‘policies’ of the GVT.
      The President as the ‘Chief ‘ has to have ‘advisors’ in all aspects of governance. similarly ‘specialist’ advisors are needed. The President and Ministers are not persons who ‘know it all’, hence they seek advice from experienced sources. As for Freddi, he is a good political analyst, but we all know that politics is an Art and not science. So , who will get these Universities to change ‘Political Science’ to ‘Politics’? Or Sociology , from Social Scientist. Yes , some believe that ‘Science’ trumps ‘Arts’. So, how about the science ot Art , or the art of Science? We should help the President with our best and sound advice so he can make good decisions, not knock his head off for simple miscalculations. After all, he is human.

      • Col123

        rs..no disagreement about the need for advisors to the govt…BUT..you need to have “well rounded”–vetted.. educated and experienced folks…not the bottle washers…

        • rs dasai

          Col
          I m with you .lol

        • Gtloyal

          “… you need to have “well rounded”–vetted.. educated and experienced folks…not the bottle washers…”
          BK the bottle washer! Maybe Harmon saw him washing bottles for BJ and thought that that was enough to qualify him! Isn’t BJ the genius to learn from? Why back peddle now? He learned too much?
          Lol.

          • Col123

            Gt: We need technocrats..yes!..not those with suitcases for the spoils..come on..you are losing it?

          • Gtloyal

            Losing what? For the last 50 years we’ve been having “those with suitcases for the spoils” coming from the political ranks, especially during the last two to three decades. Don’t you accept that? Are you afraid of changes? I refuse to think so.

          • Col123

            Easy Gt…you are not losing anything…so…what changes are you expecting?…apart from the rich getting richer and the working class struggling daily to feed their family….

    • Surujpaul Rampersaud

      A country with a population of about 800,000 people and all these bureaucrats!! Is this aiming at efficiency or is it creating jobs for the boys? Whatever it is it is using up scarce resources. We need less government and more private enterprise

  • rudeo

    Question….”Why a presidential adviser of business” when there is a Minister of Business?…..I am puzzled!….When will the jokes end and serious governance begin?….We are approaching a year of observances of a massive “non-performance”.

  • Col123

    P:…” seems they all like doing business with criminals.”..it is looking more like they were and are on the take from criminals……..want to make some money quickly…. do a book about Guyana…on this topic..

  • Gtloyal

    Et tu, Joseph?
    I can actually hear Granger uttering those words!

    • Emile_Mervin

      BK bought land from the PPP regime for housing development, then, without developing the land, BK sold the same land to a Chinese guy for a tidy profit.

      In January, Joe Harmon quietly appointed BK a Business Advisor to the coalition government. Then Joe and Brian traveled to China on a government-paid business trip.

      Question: Did the money the Chinese pay for the land change hands in China? The coalition needs to tell the nation what exactly was BK’s clearly convenient role on this trip.

      • Gtloyal

        It is really surprising that these things are happening in a government led by David Granger. Does he approve of these things or is he ignorant of what’s going on? Imagine him leading an army in battle this way.

  • Gtloyal

    Until Guyanese accepts or learn that we can’t continue to have governments of politicians only, (some of whom at times are total greenhorns with an aim) but that we need to incorporate technocrats at ministerial positions, we will be doomed to failure as a state.
    So far the only hint we have had from this government of what we should do to develop the country came at President David Granger address to the 126th Annual General Meeting of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Everything else has been ordinary daily chores to keep things rolling.