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Ministry prepares voucher for $250,000, cuts cheque for $2.5M

Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs.

The Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs prepared a voucher for a Bourda Market Vendor $250,000 for a quantity of fruits, greens and vegetables but when it cut the cheque, that was made out for $2.5M—monies the Ministry is still to fully recover.

The sordid state of affairs with what appears to be a preferred supplier was laid bare today the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament met to address the financial discrepancies which were raised by the Auditor General in his 2015 Report.

Public Accounts Committee Chairman, Peoples Progressive Party Civic front bencher, Irfaan Ali eventually suspended the sitting, sending away the MOIPA’s Permanent Secretary, Alfred King and his team for failing to provide satisfactory information.

King was unable to provide a breakdown of more than $40M used by the Ministry for dietary and other supplies for the Amerindian Hostel.

The Committee was at the time querying discrepancies raised where some $540,000 was being spent monthly for the supply of fruits, greens and vegetable.

This represented a $6.7M chunk of the $47M allocation for the hostel but when asked to provide a breakdown.

Ali, in putting his questions to the Permanent Secretary,  pointed to the more than $40M and asked “how much if any of that amount is spent on the hostel.
King responded saying yes but I can’t quantify it now.”

The Permanent Secretary was asked to provide a breakdown of the expenditure and said he would need 20 minutes since that information was at his office.
Ali immediately suspended the sitting for 20 minutes to facilitate King and his team on his return informed the PAC, he still did not have the information.

Ali had earlier suspended the sessions telling King, “I am going to give you the chance to get the breakdown, you must have the breakdown don’t tell me you don’t.”

The Permanent Sectetary was found to be less than forthcoming when pressed on the existence of a database of suppliers for the Ministry.

The PAC was at the time questioning the sketchy circumstances surrounding the contract arrangement with the Bourda Market greens vendor who was overpaid by more than $2M.

King told PAC a three quotation system was used with the permission of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board and that the suppliers had been obtained using a register. This was found to not be the truth as no such register exists.

  • Col123

    These PPP folks are known idiots… call the police or socu, and let them dance their arse to soca, all the way to the courts!

    • ExPPP_Man

      You gonna call black man fuh lack up black man ? Nah, dah nah guh happen.

      • Col123

        Ex KKK guy. Call the Seelall dude or Jhaatie.. … You mean them all tun Afro Guyanese too?

    • CleveM

      Agreed! Incompetence or corruption or both seems to be a work here.
      IT IS TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP!!!

      • Col123

        Jeeze… help me out… you want them PPP chaps hauled off by the police OR.. the PS folks from the Ministry of indigenous Affairs…seems like you want both groups arrested!

    • Gtloyal

      Tin soljuh, “these PPP folks” won’t want to do that to their own people. They were addressing a 2015 report. At least that’s what the article says.

      • Col123

        I could care less if they were with the dog catcher party..DCP for short!

        • Gtloyal

          What makes you think that with that phrase I was referring to race? Its all in your little mind that only see race and discrimination. Isn’t a party formed by people? Doesn’t every party have its followers? Aren’t they people … its own people? Should I draw it so u can understand? Now, it’s my turn to recommend. I’ll recommend that you check back with the doctor. Remember that recto-cranial inversion ailment? Looks like its attacking you again!

          • Col123

            Gtl ..So your statement about “these PPP folks” won’t want to do that to their own people,” is not implicit of their ethnic voting bloc, or bias on your part???. Well, I don’t know in which part of the world you are living?… but any Guyanese would very well know what you mean by that statement.
            You seem rather knowledgeable about that ailment you mentioned…that’s good…you should not wish ill on others…it is not a Christian thing to do!

          • Gtloyal

            No, not any Guyanese would see it as you do … only the racial ones, maybe. And one doesn’t have to look far to see the symptoms of the ailment … just a glance at what’s spewing from what’s resting on your shoulder.
            BTW, you very well know that that which you mentioned is from your side of the aisle. We from the other side do not indulge. Anyway, go ahead brave. I have nothing against the preferences of another much less to wish them I’ll because of it.

          • Col123

            “only the racial ones, maybe”…!!! you can do better than that Gt

          • Gtloyal

            If it is impossible for you to believe that someone can make a statement without involving race, I can’t blame you, since everyone judges for himself what is suitable to his condition.

          • Col123

            That is where we are in Guyana..just to remind you that race was embedded in the population since 1964… that has evolved into the quest for ethnic qualitative superiority!… but you’re a clairvoyant proctologist, go fingure!

          • Gtloyal

            That is not where we are in Guyana. It may be where you are … where you are stuck.
            And, I have already figured that you are an expert in ass-trology?

  • rudeo

    PPP WANT TO EMBARRASS OUR PNC BANNAS….GUH SUH…..NOW IS AWEE TIME FOH TIEF…..PPP…GO JUMP IN THE LAKE

    • Amar Samaroo

      Sheer ignorance, thats y guyana cant rise

      • Col123

        Hey amarnath Sing… the only thing that rises in Guyana is filth…

        • Gtloyal

          It rises to higher latitudes sometimes. YKW! Lol.

  • ExPPP_Man

    Ex-military man Col123 is calling for the police to be called in. What is he , crazy ? PNC locking up the PNC ? Never.

    • Col123

      Ex KKK… they can fire them and bring in an Army gal…them boys need to give an Army sista some a dee action!

  • rs dasai

    PS
    Plese get the ‘preferred supplier’ to acknowledge the overpayment and provide supplies for the difference or get a refund. Simple.

    • Col123

      Lock em up!…too much slackness!

      • rs dasai

        Col
        Remember the Gvt’s concern about ‘low math scores’ ? some persons believe that a computer os better than a human being.
        here is proof?

  • Gtloyal

    “… the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament met to address the financial discrepancies which were raised by the Auditor General in his 2015 Report.”
    Doesn’t this mean that these “discrepancies” were committed before 2015? Who was government then?

  • Gtloyal

    You have it all wrong.

  • Gtloyal

    True. But why does the chairman pressure and try to embarrass the present officeholders as though they are to be blamed when he was a part of the team that committed the act and knows fully well that many documents were disappeared.

  • Gtloyal

    As I said earlier, that is the practice on your side of the aisle … a practice instilled by your fearless leadah. Keep it over there. We over here don’t oblige. And it is a sunny day here so we don’t have time for your 40 watt club.

  • Gtloyal

    Can’t you do better? It’s truly evoking a keen sense of sadness to see the dumb comments of an aging stooge. May you have a better day.

    • Col123

      The aging stooge scored a plus 5, in a country club today dude!…You should try to be happy always…you are allowing my dumb comments, to define you..

      • Gtloyal

        We are always happy over here tin soljuh. You see, we don’t have to live criticizing no government just to toady up to some leadah to keep hopes alive ….

        • Col123

          Yeah, hogs love filth… stay happy…your regressive fixation about “your side of the aisle,” for the past decades is adequate proof!