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State Assets Recovery Bill to give Asset Recovery officials same power as Police, Immigration, Customs officers

Government is prepared to institutionalise its state asset recovery machinery with the introduction of the State Assets Recovery Bill tabled today by Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams SC in the National Assembly. The bill’s introduction gives an intention to “establish a State Assets Recovery Agency in consonance with the United Nations Convention Against Corruption 2003.” The agency, ...

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Govt, Opposition wage parliamentary battle about VAT on “poor people food”

“Is VAT and VAT and VAT everywhere” decried Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira today in the National Assembly as she read a parliamentary motion in her name, which challenges government’s removal of a number of items from the Value Added Tax (VAT) zero-rated list, but government is questioning the validity of the motion. The parliamentary motion laid today “calls on Government ...

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Fit and Proper: An Unnecessary Fight

by Attorney-at-Law, Vivian Williams, Esq; LLM When a moment in time presents an opportunity for a historian to leave foot prints in the sand, you expect him to seize the moment. The rejection of the list of nominees for Chairman of Guyana’s Elections Commission (GECOM), presented such an opportunity to President David Granger and he demurred. Mr. Granger traded a ...

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Attorney General wants ‘politically biased’ Deputy Solicitor General disciplined

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams Sunday night admitted that he wants to Deputy Solicitor General, Prithima Kissoon removed from office on grounds of alleged political bias. He hopes the Public Service Commission (PSC)  would discipline her based on a stack of evidence to support his claim of insubordination. “Last week, prior to my departure from Guyana ...

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Deputy Solicitor General complains to Public Service Commission about Attorney General

Guyana’s Deputy Solicitor General, Prithima Kissoon has accused Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams of frustrating her out office  by refusing to cooperate with her on several cases while at the same time publicly questioning her performance. Repeated efforts to contact the Attorney General on his mobile phone proved futile. Kissoon, who has worked with three Attorneys ...

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Granger recommits APNU to political agreement with AFC

Hours after the Alliance For Change (AFC) publicly expressed concern about the way an almost two year old political agreement with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is working , President David Granger said he is committed to the pact. “His Excellency, President David Granger takes this opportunity to recommit the APNU to the Cummingsburg Accord,” the Ministry of the ...

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Updated: Trotman elected AFC leader; party gets new General Secretary,Vice Chairman

In a keenly contested election for the leadership of the Alliance For Change (AFC), party co-founder clinched victory from incumbent Khemraj Ramjattan. Former Vice Chairman, Moses Nagamootoo said in a Facebook post the vote was 127:125 in favour of Trotman. After Cathy Hughes declined, Ramjattan was declared party Chairman, unopposed, Nagamootoo said. Hughes is Vice Chairman and Marlon Williams replaces ...

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AFC-APNU pre-election agreement malfunctioning in some areas

The Alliance For Change (AFC) believes it is “outstanding” than the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)-dominated A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) in governing Guyana,  and lamented that the political pact between the two political organisations is not functioning effectively. “It is fair to say that our ministers have to do date performed well above-average in their respective portfolios and with ...

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