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GRANGER: Parking fees “burdensome; weighs in on transparency at City Hall

President David Granger on Thursday expressed disappointment at the apparent lack of consultation about the Georgetown Municipal parking meter project and described  the metered parking rate of GYD$80,000 per month for as  “burdensome” ‎.  ‎ ‎‎’It is a burdensome amount for any person, rich or poor. That is why the Minister of Communities has been asked to examine the contract ...

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“Take drastic actions” –says Dr. Hinds on audit findings

Revelations in the audits reports being released by the Ministry of Finance have suggested that corrupt practices were a feature of the former administration and drastic action needs to be taken against those responsible for it. This was the contention of political activist and executive member of the Working Peoples’ Alliance (WPA) Dr. David Hinds who called on the APNU+AFC ...

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Can the Cabinet Secretary be a Minister?… Harmon dodges constitutionality

Guyana’s Constitution provides for a public officer to serve as Cabinet Secretary, but the current office holder, Minister of State Joseph Harmon, appears to think that a minister can be a public servant. Article 117 states that there shall be a Secretary to the Cabinet “whose office shall be a public office.” Asked whether it was unconstitutional for the Secretary ...

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Parking meters on hold; govt asks for contract after councillors insist on best deal for City

Guyana’s Minister responsible for Local Government, Ronald Bulkan on Sunday said the Georgetown City Council would be asked to halt the parking meter project while central government ensures that there is transparency and that the municipality rather than the investor earns the bulk of revenues “There is significant moral and financial consideration to request of the council to stay their hand until ...

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Charge state resource thieves; tighten anti-corruption loopholes- top US diplomat

A senior American diplomat Friday night called for those stealing state resources and engaging in violence against women and children to be charged. “Anyone who has stolen, is stealing or in the future attempts to steal State resources must be criminally charged and held accountable before  a court of law,” Outgoing Deputy Chief of the American Embassy in Guyana, Bryan ...

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Time for constitutional reform, end to race-based division – Senior American diplomat

Outgoing Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy, Bryan Hunt Friday night called for an end to winner-take-all and race-based politics in Guyana. Addressing a farewell reception hosted by American Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, the Charge D’Affaires urged Guyanese to push ahead with constitutional reform. “Significant constitutional reform is essential. Power must be decentralised. The winner-take-all system ...

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Coby Frimpong paid for useless strategic plan

Government has paid off a long-time close associate of former President, Bharrat Jagdeo for a strategic plan that Minister of State, Joseph Harmon on Friday said was useless by the current Minister of Social Protection. Harmon said US$40,000 (approximately GYD$8 million) was paid to  Dr. Cobina “Coby” Frimpong as part payment on a contract that the consultant had inked with ...

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Possible rebirth of AFC at City Hall, says Henry Jeffrey; Kissoon disagrees, says it’s “council dynamics”

Political analyst, Dr. Henry Jeffrey believes that the diverging views of Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan on the intended parking meter project signals a possible rebirth of the Alliance for Change (AFC), at the level of the City Council – a view opposed by Freddie Kissoon. “It could possibly be a rebirth of the AFC to keep themselves ...

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Council outraged over Parking Meters fiasco; wants explanation from Mayor

As concerns continue to mount over an impending contract between the Georgetown Mayor and City Council and two companies for the installation of Parking Meters in Georgetown; Mayor Patricia Chase-Greene may have additional questions to answer. Greene , Town Clerk Royston King and Councillors Oscar Clarke and Junior Garette are currently in Mexico on a trip related to the installation ...

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Govt adviser backs Deputy Mayor in opposing virtual shell parking meter companies

Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan’s strong objection to the companies approved to provide parking meter services in Georgetown on Sunday attracted unqualified support from a government adviser. Ruel Johnson, who is the Cultural Policy Adviser to the Minister of Education, Culture, endorsed Duncan’s position that the companies barely exist and have no track record to provide parking meter services in any ...

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