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Nagamootoo gets high profile responsibilities

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo is now responsible for governance, a portfolio that had been previously held by Raphael Trotman until he was recently appointed Minister of Natural Resources. For the first time in decades, the President has given up the vital portfolio of petroleum (oil and gas) and has instead assigned it to a minister, in this case Trotman. In ...

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Police, Public Service Commissions get more cash than last year, but less than proposed

Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan has rejected claims by the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) that government has reduced the amount of monies allocated to the Public and Police Service Commission for 2016. Responding to former Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee, Ramjattan said the actual amount for this year has been increased by GYD$11 million  and should take it ...

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Budget cuts for Indigenous Peoples and Child Rights Commissions

The Guyana government Thursday slashed huge chunks of monies from the proposed budgets of the Rights of the Child Commission and the Indigenous Peoples Commission for 2016. The ROC asked government for GYD$84 million but in the end only ended up with GYD$31 million, prompting opposition Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) MP, Gillian Burton-Persaud to observe that the reduction has ...

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Guyana’s DPP Chambers budget cut by GYD$74 million

Government used its one seat majority to erase GYD$74 million from the proposed budget of the Director of Public Prosecutions Chambers, reducing the allocation for 2016 to GYD$160 million. Reacting to People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) front-bencher , Anil Nandlall’s assertions that budget cut amounted to a violation of the law and the constitution, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said ...

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Auditor General’s office budget cut by GYD$76 million

After a heated debated and s series of verbal exchanges on the floor of the National Assembly the Office of the Auditor General received approval for a budget of GYD$714M after requesting a GYD$790M budget. It was explained that Finance Minister Winston Jordan would have presented the House with an expenditure budget of $714M after the Auditor General would have requested ...

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House surmounts quandary for consideration of estimates for constitutional offices

After more than two hours of closed door meetings, government and the opposition reached agreement that the Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Irfan Ali should be able to answer questions about the Auditor General’s Office. House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland, shortly after 6:30 PM emerged an announced that the PAC Chairman is the appropriate person to respond to ...

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AG says PPP attempting to derail inquests by opposing Coroners Bill

Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams says that the stern opposition to the Coroners Amendment Bill 2015 by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is an attempt to derail impending inquests into several deaths. Shadow Attorney General Anil Nandlall had bashed the consultation process on the Coroners Bill labeling it as ‘cosmetic’ and a mere ‘gaff.’ Williams speaking to ...

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Transparency Institute wants Broomes to relinquish gold mining interests

The Acting President of Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) Compton Meerabux says that Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes should relinquish all her interests in Guyana’s lucrative gold mining sector. Broomes was recently relieved of her duties as Social Protection Minister and appointed Natural Resources Minister. Questioned by Demerara Waves on Wednsday, Broomes admitted to owning claims in the ...

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No politician gives direction to Police, GDF – President Granger

With some concerns that there may be political interference in the work of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), President Granger has made it pellucid that no politician gives operational direction to the two agencies. A GDF officer and two others were recently killed in an accident after a high speed chase went the wrong ...

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