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Local gov’t minister calls for accountability at City Hall, effective constituency representation

Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkan on Monday called on the newly-elected councillors of Georgetown to guard against a repeat of alleged mismanagement, and instead, ensure transparency and accountability in managing the City’s affairs. In an apparent reference to recommendations that City Hall’s financial records be audited each year and concerns by the Retired Justice Cecil Kennard Commission of Inquiry into ...

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Surinamese rice exporter gunned down in Guyana after huge cocaine-in-rice bust

A Surinamese rice exporter was shot dead in Guyana, days after law enforcement agents in Suriname busted 2,300 kilogrammes of cocaine in a shipment of rice that was destined for France, his lawyer in Suriname said. Nintender Oemwarsingh, who owned Nivash Rice in Suriname, was found dead on the Number 63 foreshore on Monday, his lawyer Irvin Kanhai said. Guyana’s Deputy ...

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Charrandas Persaud willing to take lie detector test on no-confidence ‘Yes’ vote; admits negotiating gold purchase

Former government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud, who voted for an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion that has triggered steps for early general elections, has admitted that he had been in contact with gold dealers, but said he is willing to take a lie detector test to prove that he never sold his ‘Yes’ vote to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). “Yes, I will ...

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Marijuana, hemp decriminalisation on Guyana’s election agenda

A day after the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP) promised to decriminalise cultivation of marijuana and hemp, Guyanese police announced in a statement they destroyed another marijuana farm. The latest marijuana cultivation destruction also prompted criticism by a government spokesman in his personal capacity. “On the one hand small farmers in Jamaica are to begin profiting from marijuana cultivation while ...

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Liberty and Justice Party not ready to disclose financial backers; promises transparency, accountability

Leader of the Liberty and Justice Party (LJP), Lenox Shuman touted transparency and accountability at his political party’s launch but declined to immediately disclose his financial backers until campaign finance legislation is passed. “I cannot disclose that,” he said, and at the same time denied it was not any of the existing political parties. He said the financiers did not ...

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Guyana won’t sell subsidised crude oil to private refinery

The Guyana government ruled out selling subsidised crude oil to a privately-owned oil refinery that investors plan to build in Linden, according to officials of the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Energy on Saturday. “Anyone, who wishes to open a refinery can do so but they will not receive subsidised oil from the Department. That’s the crunch,” the Head ...

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Guyana protests Canadian High Commission alleged complicity in attempted toppling of gov’t

The Foreign Ministry has lodged a blistering protest with Canada over the alleged complicity by its High Commission in Guyana in an attempt to  topple the David Granger-led administration after its diplomatic security officer accompanied former government parliamentarian Charrandas Persaud to a waiting plane hours after he voted to pass an opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion. “The evidence suggests that the High ...

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Police force to increase its membership; divisional management plan being implemented

The Guyana Police Force is preparing to increase its law enforcement personnel as plans proceed for creating 10 police divisions across the country, President David Granger and Police Commissioner Leslie James said Thursday. Addressing the opening of the 2019 Police Officers’ Conference at State House, the Guyanese leader noted that the police force is “distributed very unevenly” across Guyana with ...

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