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Opposition protests cut in budgets for several constitutional agencies

PPPC Shadow Finance Minister, Juan Edghill

PPPC Shadow Finance Minister, Juan Edghill

The opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) was Monday up in arms over apparent reduction in funding to several constitutional agencies, charging that David Granger-led administration was stifling scrutiny of its policies, programmes and decisions.

“The APNU+AFC (A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change) is seeking to avoid scrutiny and the way that they are doing is by emasculating them and short changing these constitutional bodies,” said the PPPC’s Juan Edghill.

Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira said the GYD$11.2 billion that have been allocated to agencies like the Auditor General’s Office, Indigenous People’s Commission, Director of Public Prosecutions, Supreme Court and the Guyana Elections Commission represents a total cut by GYD$7 billion.

“This is a clear case of abuse of the letter and spirit of the constitution,” she said.  Edghill said the Finance Minister must explain the cut to the Auditor General’s Chambers which recently came under harsh criticism for certain observations about the way government spent funds in 2015.

The party says the Indigenous People’s Commission’s budget has been cut from GYD$32 million to GYD$24 million,  the Auditor General’s Office’s budget has been reduced by GYD$30 million, and GECOM from GYD$5 billion to GYD$2 billion.

The party also questioned how the Finance Minister arrived at a budget of  GD$76 million for the soon to be established Public Procurement Commission although the commissioners are yet to meet with the Public Accounts Committee to discuss their needs.

The party is concerned that government appears to have cut funding to those agencies to stymie their work at a time, for instance, when the Elections Commission is preparing to hold a fresh round of house-to-house registration for the first time in 10 years; the Indigenous People’s Commission requires personnel to travel to Georgetown regularly, and there is need for the Director of Public Prosecutions and the High Court to help clear the backlog of cases.

Meanwhile, the PPPC is concerned that government is taking steps to table the 2017 National Budget on the grounds that it would not take into consideration the closure of accounts for monies that would have been already spent. The PPP is also worried that the early presentation of next year’s budget may allow government to spend remaining funds through sole-sourcing.

  • Emile_Mervin

    Find something more tangible to haggle over, because you crooks don’t have the votes to stop anything.

    • eddie

      LOLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! the champion of transparency

  • eddie

    his eyes is only trained on the PPP he is oblivious to this government,,, don’t worry they will be there for the next twenty years and then run this country into the drain because that there track record they are good for nothing

    • Emile_Mervin

      Wow! You’re saying you have not read my disagreements with this Coalition? Did I not openly disagree with the Coalition pay hikes, the failure to go after those culpable in various audits, the failure of the regime to turn over documents showing the status of the GT&T shares held by the Chinese, the lackluster leadership of Granger?

      • eddie

        yes you did my problem is when you get selective

        • Emile_Mervin

          Selective about who or what? The news item is about the PPP protesting budget cuts to certain government agencies, and I reacted that the PPP does not have a majority vote to stop the cuts. Besides, when the PPP ran the government with a parliamentary majority, it did whatever it wanted, until it got what it deserved. The Coalition had better learn from the mistakes of the PPP or suffer similar consequences. The selective reference is moot!

          • eddie

            haha!!!!!!!!!!!! ok let me put in a different way you have one foot in the boat and one out be careful it will capsized,,,,,,,,,,, for me when its wrong I wil flay it because all big problem started small and if we leave it uncheck it become a monster

          • Emile_Mervin

            I see the issues exactly the way you state here: criticize when the problem is in its early stage instead of waiting until it balloons to a monster. If Jagdeo had paid attention to early criticisms, the PPP probably would have still been in power. Likewise, if the Coalition does not pay attention to criticisms, it could be ousted at the ballot box, unless it has other plans to retain power.

          • eddie

            Find something more tangible to haggle over, because you crooks don’t have the votes to stop anything.

            this statement will not hold true if that is your advise

            haha!!!!!!!!! I live in the real Guyana and know that bullshit of the next election is already decided and you can put mascara on that pig its still the same
            now saying that I am not in mourning for the PPP been ousted from office, they got too big for themselves and was a bunch of arrogant bastard that belong where there at right now but the changes that was promise make me cringe because the sitting government reminded me everyday of the ignorant bastard that just got put to pasture and my poor fellow citizen is the ones that is been taken for a ride and it gall me when defense is been mounted for either one of them

  • Emile_Mervin

    Tell me something I don’t already know. The difference is that the PPP wrote the book, while the Coalition is providing an addendum.