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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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“The police has to answer, the GDF has to answer” – Teixeira weighs in on “sinister” recon mission

Guyana Defence Officer (GDF) Robert Pyle who was recently killed in an accident on Carifesta Avenue was on a “sinister” mission says Chief Whip of the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Gail Teixeira. The GDF has confirmed that Pyle was on a legitimate mission at the time that he was killed. That mission was intended to be a surveillance of ...

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PPPC lays down demands for Coroners; slams talks with AG as “gaff”

Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall has labeled as “cosmetology” consultations on two Bills that he was invited to by his successor to discuss, Basil Williams. Nandlall questioned whether Justices of Peace would be competent enough to preside over inquests across Guyana, and he also recommended that they hold certain qualifications. Nandlall said when he turned up for consultations on January ...

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Tourism twinned with telecoms, not dissolved but tourism stakeholder still worried

Days after stating that the Ministry of Tourism has been dissolved, government Tuesday night assured that tourism has not been put on the ministerial back burner but has instead been twinned with Public Telecommunications. However, a tourism industry stakeholder still believes that the sector will not be given the required attention given the burdensome nature of telecommunications. The National Frequency ...

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APNU+AFC dissolves Tourism Ministry; “serious backward step”- says stakeholder

Consequent to the appointment of Cathy Hughes as Minister of Public Telecommunications, the APNU+AFC has taken a decision to dissolve Guyana’s Ministry of Tourism and have its functions usurped by the new Telecommunications Ministry. According to a release from the Department of Public Information, cabinet took the decision to make the switch. The switch comes along with the transfer and reappointment ...

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