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PPPC warns of action against public officers who violate law

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday warned public officers that they would find themselves in trouble if they take illegal instructions from political bosses could not prove that they were forced to do so.

“If at any time, whether now or in the future, when the PPP resumes office in this country, we find- because we are going to review every single case that ay public officer has acted contrary to the law or has acted against individuals based on political directions, then those officers will face the consequences,” he said.

The PPPC says it is creating a database of all claims of public officers committing illegal or discriminatory actions.

He told a news conference that his People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) favours the enactment of whistleblower legislation that he believes could help protect public officers who give evidence against their bosses. The current A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) administration has already drafted whistleblower’s legislation.

Asked whether he was not worried that the PPPC could lose political support from among public servants at future general elections because they might fear that they could find themselves in trouble if his party regains power, Jagdeo said the PPPC would not be engaging in a witch-hunt. “We will support whistle-blower legislation. You are right that some public officers may be exposed to political directions and they are fearful that their jobs would be on the line if they don’t carry them out; you are absolutely right about that and so whistleblower legislation will basically protect those officers,” he said.

He recommended that public officers keep records of the dates and times, the nature of the instruction and keep copies of correspondence that they would have been given illegal instructions by politicians. “We will understand that they were pressured by the political leadership into committing illegal acts,” he said.

Jagdeo, a former President, assured that those public officers who act professionally have nothing to fear.  “Every act where we have a complaint will be investigated,” he said.

He cited the numerous raids of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), a legal arm of the Guyana Police Force, that falls under the Ministry of the Presidency.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Did Jagdeo say, ‘ when the PPP resumes office’ it will take action against public officers now serving in the coalition if they violate the law? Did he really say that?

    The Boy himself needs to be investigated from pervasive corruption in his government to the role of Roger Khan and unsolved murders of 400 Guyanese on his watch, but he obviously has associates in the coalition who are shielding him and many public officers.

    How can there not be a criminal investigation into what happened to the outstanding US$5M the Chinese said they paid on the outstanding balance for the 20% shares bought from GT&T? And that’s only one of multiple issues that happened Jagdeo’s watch.

    If the coalition allows the PPP to get back in power, the entire coalition needs to float down the Potato in a canoe.

    • Gtloyal

      The possibility is real. Especially if left to the harmonious brethren.

  • Emile_Mervin

    You know?!

    • SYL

      Why waste words to comment. In Europe there is a television station known as “NO COMMENT “. all you see are the images of an incident and no comment. So its like determine your own opinion.I say again ”
      ” THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL” not money , the “LOVE OF IT”.

  • Gtloyal

    Is the coalition listening? The man is darn right. Every single case where “… any public officer has acted contrary to the law …” must be investigated, prosecuted where criminal liability can be established and those found guilty must face the music.
    What Mr Jagdeo failed to mention is that it must begin now with the present government investigating all illegal acts committed during past governments. But it appears as though Mr Jagdeo is sure that this government won’t do that.
    Maybe since this is emanating from Mr Jagdeo, emphasis should be put on any illegal instructions that he may have given during his time as president.
    Today most Guyanese seem to be embracing the idea that the present government is for some reason not willing to bring to justice those members of past governments accused of wrongdoings. To make matters worse, many perceive it to be on the same path to infamy.

  • george wiltshire

    More jagdeo’s mind is fixed. They only need the Indian vote. The indian public servant will vote for pppc even if his life depended on it. How do you change his mind ?
    Remember Nadir he nor his family did not vote for himself in the elections . His job was to take votes in perceived PNC areas. He was fairly successful. Look what it rewarded him with. Jagdeo is of the mindset they own the Indian. The recently held LGE seems to suggest he is right. The information from the stats bureau will cause his heart to stop.

    • Col123

      G..when you propose to know how Indians vote…you would be fair if you do the comparison with other ethnic groups…or..are you saying that other ethnic groups who vote PPP are ” uncle toms”…I seen that comment in other media…hate is the etiology of many degenerative diseases..keep an open mind!

  • Gtloyal

    Well, since I was not in charge, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
    Now, despite what the people may percieve, I would give the government the benefit of the doubt … and some more time. Let’s see if they would save the day … and themselves. After all, knowing is one thing, proving is another thing.