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Minister Patterson says ‘Bring it on!’ to PPP’s privileges committee threat on D’Urban Park fiasco

Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson expects the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to come good with its case to send him before Parliament’s privileges committee for statements made in the National Assembly on the D’Urban Park project and the company involved, but first the opposition must build evidence to support state-ownership of that company.
“We are trying to establish whether this is a private company or a state company,” Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said last week at his press conference.
“If it is a private company, then there is no ground to take him before the [privileges] committee. But if it was the State, then there is grounds to take him before the privileges committee.”
Minister Patterson told Demerara Waves Online on Monday he stands by statements made in the Assembly that Homestretch Development Inc, the company which started work on the project from November 2015, is a private company.
“I’m saying bring it on,” the Minister said in confidence, “I do love a challenge so when the Opposition ready, I will be there.”
Homestretch Development Inc, formed in January 2016, is said to be a special-purpose company with Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine registered as a Director on that company’s Board.
The Opposition Leader is interested in knowing the arrangements between the state at the private company. “But are we saying in this era, it’s OK for ministers to be on private companies and don’t have to account for it,” Jagdeo questioned.
“[Minister] Rupert sat in parliament and never said a word and [Minister] Patterson never said his name,” Jagdeo commented last week about Minister Patterson calling out the names of the company’s Directors in the National Assembly. “Patterson was trying to mislead the country again.”
There are still unanswered questions about the D’Urban Jubilee Park initially built by Homestretch Development Inc but later taken over by the Public Infrastructure Ministry at a possible tune of $1B, according to Opposition Leader Jagdeo.
Revelations of the project were made in the National Assembly Monday following a parliamentary motion from Opposition MP Juan Edghill, who demanded government come clean on the financial arrangements surrounding D’Urban Park.
Edghill has since been summoned before the Parliament’s disciplinary body in connection with allegedly misleading the House in debating another motion that he had sponsored, a move the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) has labelled “revenge” for the decision for Norton to make a similar appearance.
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  • Estell

    A Mirrored Image

    The story is told Jagdeo and an angel was waking when Jagdeo started to complain about the D’Urban Park fiasco. “We are trying to establish whether this is a private company or a state company,”

    “If it is a private company, then there is no ground to take Minister David Patterson before the [privileges] committee.
    But if it was the State, then there is grounds to take him before the privileges committee.”

    “I never saw such a wretched set of people,” he said, “as in this country. They are mean, greedy, selfish, and careless of the needs of others. Worst of all, they are forever speaking evil of one another.” “Is it really so?” asked the angel. “It is, indeed,” said the jagdeo. “Why, only look at this fellow coming toward us! I know his face, though I cannot remember his name. See his little shark-like, cruel eyes, darting here and there like a ferret’s, and the lines of hardness about his mouth! The very droop of his shoulders is mean and cringing, and he slinks along instead of walking.” “It is very clever of you to see all this,”
    said the angel, “but there is one thing that you did not perceive–that is
    a mirror we are approaching.”

    Mat 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

    Mat 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

    Mat 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye,
    but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

    Mat 7:4 Or how
    wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and,
    behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

    Mat 7:5 Thou
    hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou
    see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

    • Col123

      I have a better one from the Book of Redemption 4:5…Power shall be bestowed on all conservative Christians, to grab any pussy cat, as of when the ace card is confirmed as cult leader, so it was said, and so it will be done.

      • rs dasai

        Yes, these Biblical sayings only affect ‘conservative Christians’, not those of other Faiths.

        • Col123

          Hey.. you can’t beat em.. you join em!…Trumpy got those Christians grabbing a lot of other things!

          • rs dasai

            Baayo, enjoy this Friday. Trumpy is on the path of redemption for USA.LOL

    • rs dasai

      Mirror on the road? Really?