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APNU, AFC Councillors call for Town Clerk to go

Deputy Mayor, Sherod Duncan and fellow Georgetown City Councillor Andriea Marks on Tuesday signalled that they would team up with each other to spearhead a campaign for the removal of Town Clerk, Rosyton King. Marks’ first salvo was the hoisting of two two placards during the City Council’s statutory meeting to vent her frustration at the way King is managing the city ...

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Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait never knowingly engaged in fraud at US company- AFC

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Saturday fended off suggestions that Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait, Dr. Shamir Ally was unfit for that top diplomatic post, saying that he never deliberately engaged in fraud at an American transmitter manufacturer. The party for which Ally is a key financier said he had merely performed duties based on the system he had taken over. ...

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Ramjattan split on calls for changes to SOCU

Guyana’s Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday said he is willing to limit the responsibilities of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) to probe financial crimes, but he is opposed to separating it from the Guyana Police Force. “We are going to listen to the voices of the opposition too and if they feel that, OK, if this thing ...

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Govt buckles under pressure and calls pharmaceutical bond deal “undesirable” ; searching for new location ; recommits to transparency

In the face of threats of legal action challenging a deal to rent a pharmaceutical bond from a city businessman’s company, the Guyana government on Thursday caved into widespread public criticism and deemed it “undesirable” and said it was searching for a new facility. “Cabinet was engaged in full and thorough discussions on the issue of the storage of government ...

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Govt will pay 1% to 10% pay hike even if union rejects it…“It is perhaps what is affordable at present”- Granger

President David Granger on Thursday signaled that government would pay a maximum 10 percent wage and salary hike to the lowest paid government employees and one percent to the highest paid because that is all that government can afford. “It is perhaps what is affordable at present,” he said on this week’s edition of his television programme, Public Interest. Granger ...

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Jagdeo dismisses govt’s plans to remove SOCU from police force

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo and Attorney General, Basil Williams have agreed that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) should be allowed to fight financial crimes only, but Jagdeo prefers to see that unit remain a part of the Guyana Police Force or it may be used to harass political opponents. “You don’t know how they will act and they will ...

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City Councillors divided over parking meters; City Hall hopes to further revise agreement with investor

Although Smart City Solutions (SCS) has agreed to reduce the parking meter fees and the life of the contract from 49 to 20 years, a divided Georgetown’s City Council ended a meeting Wednesday with a decision to hold further negotiations with the company based on the deliberations. The proposed amendments would see the parking rate being reduced from GYD$125 per ...

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PNCR didn’t decide on greater engagement with PPP; members urged to stay away from rancor

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR), the major player in the coalition-led government, has not decided on greater engagement with the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP), but the administration says it remains open to talks. PNCR Leader, David Granger said the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) is not interested in inter-party dialogue.  He said the just concluded 19th Biennial ...

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There must be no secret vote on parking meters- AFC’s Ramjattan

As Georgetown’s Mayor and City Council prepares to this week discuss the controversial parking meter contract that Central Government has ordered be revoked, the Alliance For Change (AFC) said if the matter comes down to a vote,  there must be no secret balloting. AFC Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan insisted that there must be open voting when the parking meter contract comes ...

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