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Gov’t accused of ‘extorting’ donations from private sector

President David Granger's cabinet shortly after the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections.

President David Granger’s cabinet shortly after the May 11, 2015 general and regional elections.

The APNU+AFC Administration has been accused of bullying the private sector to make donations to special projects and more specifically to make contributions to the 50th Anniversary Jubilee celebrations.

Sources have reported to Demerara Waves that the administration is asking that businessmen donate as much as $5M to the Jubilee Festival expected to get into full swing in May.

As those concerns were raised, the Chief Whip of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) also stated that the private sector was being extorted.

PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira

PPP Chief Whip Gail Teixeira

At a recent press conference, Teixeira reported that businessmen are being asked to donate to the APNU+AFC or to specific projects.

It is “extortion from the business community to make donations to the ruling party and to make donations to specific projects,” Teixeira told a press conference on March 31.

She labeled the development a “dangerous trend” noting that it allows for the society to be permeated with “fear and intimidation.”

However Administration is denying the allegations.

Telecommunication and Tourism Minister Cathy Hughes at a recent GTT donation press conference made it clear that this was not the case.

Minister of Public Telecommunications and Tourism, Cathy Hughes

Minister of Public Telecommunications and Tourism, Cathy Hughes

Responding directly to the concerns raised by Teixeira, Hughes stated that she had reached out via letters to a number of corporate citizens.

“I am excited and very happy to say that I have not had to bully anybody…most Guyanese are excited that we are 50 and most Guyanese are approaching the Ministry of Tourism and saying what are you doing and how is it that we can get involved,” said the Minister.

  • SYL

    Opposition ! your time was for about 23 years and you did your thing some of your friends , the fat cats have let the country with big bucks, and the coalition has apparently gave them a slap on the wrist,as the Dutch normally says it. Apparently the partners are almost the same , but just dancing to a different music. So stop ranting and crying its just a similar show, so enjoy it or endure it from the other side of the room.You were the actors, now try to see how it feels from viewing as part of the audience, spectators , and when its hard to figure out just LOL.

  • KassemB

    ‘Gov’t accused of ‘extorting’ donations from private sector’
    Ominous of PNC 1964-1992
    We are back to square one, and it’s only the start

  • Col123

    This is a fascinating socio-cultural phenomena…and may fill a chapter in those sociology texts…several reports indicated that the “Jubilee celebrations will bring an economic boom”…or did I misread it to be a bomb?… “the hotels were overbooked”…even those with several long high steps-stairs…NOW, we have a shakedown for money to drink and party?…we now have to resort to beg folks for money to party?…and what happens after the party?…who will provide the meds for the hang over and…and the clean up…oops…Mr Harman has a friend will do the cleanup…what the heck…stretch those hands to reach for the stars…let the party begin…

  • Col123

    Peter..extortion!…begging!,,quid pro quo!..How is the govt. helping these businesses?…Is employment up?…look at the big picture bro…a first world costly celebration in Guyana!.why not a classy small event..you can get local bands to participate, and ask locals to “clean ” up their surroundings…then again, the environment should always look classy year round…..what would reasonable folks think , when they use their hard earned cash, to send expensive medications, prescription glasses, dialysis supplies…etc.etc..to Guyana…won’t they think twice?….OK..no one cares what they think!…Plans are on track to purchase jets to fly govt officials around….but they are begging for money to party and celebrate!…Is there an Emergency Disaster Plan in Guyana?…How will the govt respond to relieve Guyanese in cases of any natural disaster?…go begging for help?…contributions to the communities or to governments should be voluntary!…besides, some cultures or individuals would request anonymity,when making donations or giving gifts…that is the path of cultural evolution…

  • KassemB

    Not only do I know what extortion is.
    I live through the PNC regime1964-1992
    It is called first-hand experience
    Not reading from a books or hearsay

  • Gtloyal

    If “… the administration is asking that businessmen donate …” the businessmen can always say no. No one is obligated to say yes to everything asked or requested.
    All those who are accusing here can go sit in a corner and make a list of all the things the PPP leadership have been accused of.

    • Col123

      Gt…saying no to the govt has consequences…no business owner with any brains will say no…the psychology of power is scary…

      • Gtloyal

        Why should it have consequences? That would mean that the government is engaging in illegalities. Are you suggesting that our businessmen are cowards who succumb to blackmail?
        There is nothing anywhere pointing to this and I am surprised at your assumption. PPP “psychology”?

        • Col123

          You need to get off with the PPP psychology BS…I never got anything from any govt!……to hell with the govt.!…they will suck your ccck if you let them!…business folks are in it for the money….it talks …everything else walks…yes…most businessmen are just what they are…in it to make money…that is the reason why the customer is always right…they need people to spend their money…in their store or for their services…

  • Col123

    I will support anyone who will take Guyana forward…I have been there …work my a$$ of…but still care about those who have no other option but to toil daily…it bugs the hell out of me…that these politicians are in it for themselves…