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SOCU raids home, store of Regent Street businessman; PPP peeved

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is peeved at the continued operations of the Special and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) while it remains under the auspices of the Ministry of the Presidency. The latest incident as revealed by Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall was the raid of the Kitty home of a businessman in the wee hours of Wednesday morning. Nandall ...

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Govt, opposition haggle over “equitable” street lights in strongholds

Sparks flew in Guyana’s National Assembly over whether government was providing street lights equally to communities across Guyana. Though the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarians did not bring the issue of partisan race-based politics into the discourse, it was clear that the communities from which street lights have been removed are that party’s stronghold while the other one ...

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Man charged with wounding Team Benschop activist granted bail

In what appears to be the first report of local government electoral-related violence, a man was charged with unlawfully wounding a Team Benschop activist and placed on GYD$60,000 bail. The Alliance For Change (AFC) has since condemned the attack Forty-eight year old Albert Cromwell of 26 Dowding Street, Kitty is accused of assaulting 51-year old Iqbal Rahim of 236 David ...

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Constitutional Reform likely this year

Guyana’s Constitution will undergo a third reform process later this year, since it came into being in 1980. “It is envisaged that some time this year that a Constitutional Reform Commission ought to be comprised-a broad-based commission so that this process should take place,” Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo told the National Assembly. Responding to questions from the opposition People’s Progressive ...

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House clashes over increase of contracted workers

The considerations for Budget 2016 commenced on Monday with a clash between the Government and Opposition side of the House over an increase in contractual workers under the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP). State Minister Joseph Harmon, in the Committee of Supply was questioned on the names and designations of the four highest and lowest paid persons employed under MOTP. ...

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Rohee wants official declaration on GINA coverage

The Leader of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee says he wants an official statement from the Government Information Agency (GINA) relative to the coverage of the PPP in Parliament. This is after President David Granger, in an announcement that shocked many, stated that GINA should also give coverage to the Opposition PPP in the National Assembly and not ...

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Records show PPP govt had planned to increase gun licence fees

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan says it was the People’s Progressive Party Civic-led administration that had already decided to increase the cost of firearm licenses since 2013, but had decided against implementing it for political reasons. Ramjattan told the House during the National Budget debate that Guyana’s then Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee and Head of the Presidential Secretariat had signed ...

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PPPC’s Clive Jagan resigns from parliament

People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) parliamentarian, Dr. Clive Jagan has resigned as a Guyanese law-maker, House Speaker, Dr. Barton Scotland announced. He said Jagan’s resignation takes effect 10th February, 2016. The Speaker has since taken steps to advise the Representative of the PPPC’s list to name a  replacement. Earlier this month, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo confirmed that Jagan had been ...

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Rates and taxes to be increased after Local Govt Elections

Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan Wednesday night signaled that residents in towns and neighbourhoods would  eventually have to pay increased rates and taxes after properties are re-valued following the upcoming Local Government Elections. “Of all of the factors, money is the most important one and therefore determining and establishing the revenue base  if Councils is a priority,” he said. In ...

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Stamp out gold smuggling, procurement fraud to pay Joint Services higher salaries

Shadow Junior Finance Minister, Juan Edghill Wednesday called on government to stop gold smuggling and stamp out claimed procurement fraud in order to find millions of dollars to pay increased salaries to the Joint Services and other government employees. Contributing to the debate on the 2016 National Debate, he said even if the smuggling of 15,000 ounces of  gold per ...

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