Guyana government super salaries

Guyana government super salaries

It is become clearer that there is the Office of the President and the General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, based on the salaries paid to some party functionaries within that office.

The same Presidential Office that complained about Super Salaries upon the change of Government nearly two decades ago has some whooping salaries for the politicos at the Office of the President. And that is not all, the same PPP that complained about the merger of Political Party designations with State or National offices may have done so in form and substance although not in name!

Presidential advisors are earning nearly $5 thousand US dollars per month at the Office of the President that is nearly One Million Guyana dollars per month and it appears all of that tax-payers money being paid to All the President’s Men and Women is tax-free. 

Then there are the clear political appointees like the Communications Coordinator, Kwame McKoy who earns over 1500 US dollars per month or just over 350 thousand. But the financial payouts are even more interesting, there is a position under Kwame’s that is called the Press Undersecretary OPL (Office of the Press Liaison). The person in that position under Kwame is receiving just about the same salary as the Man above him but the man below gets duty and entertainment allowances that Kwame at the top does not get. The man below Kwame is the PPP’s Campaign Communications Coordinator Romel Roopnarine who appears to have back pay that has accumulated to over two point two million dollars all tax free. It is unclear from what date the former Guysuco Communications Officer took up office at the OP.

A former PPP secretary at Freedom House was shuttled over to the Office of the President and General Secretary of the PPP where that person now earns over three hundred thousand per month. And that individual is owed back pay too to the value of over one million dollars. Two PPP operatives, Philomena Sahoye Shury and Desmond Kissoon have substantial pay packets that are over two million and one million dollars. Two close associates of the PPP and whose parents and grandparents were in the Party are each earning over half a million dollars. The Head of the Presidential secretariat is nearly at 900 thousand dollars per month while former Minister Gail Teixiera comes in just shy of one million.

The old stalwarts at the Office of the President including Vic Persaud are under the 300,000 dollar mark with only Vic at the higher end. All of the Presidential Confidential Secretaries are half of what Vic Persaud earns below 150,000. In fact the Official photographer at the office of the President who has been there for nearly two decades is earning just around 120,000 dollars.
The figures were revealed following the request by the Opposition MP Joe Harmon for details on cuts following the budgets cuts.

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  • ndtewarie  On July 28, 2012 at 5:59 pm


    • Ercumbaldo  On July 28, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Please do not exaggerate! Not so much

      • Sal  On August 1, 2012 at 8:26 pm

        Is selective amnesia.

  • Gloria Y Fredericks  On July 28, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    This is theft at the highest level of Government. How in the world can Guyana afford these salaries? And the ex President’s pension exceeds that of the President of the United States? How can that be reasonable?

  • Ercumbaldo  On July 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    And what is the opposition doing to better that?

  • Corin  On July 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    ndtewarie, you’re absolutely correct. LFS Burnham certainly had his “Achilles Heel”,but he does look like like a boy scout compared to the current PPP opposition. Guyana and the other Caribbean nations will continue to be “third world”, because of malignant parasites like those mentioned in this article, who believe that it is their birthright to pillage government coffers and to stay in power forever.
    Until this situation changes, Guyanese and other Caribbean nationals will continue to leave their countries for better living conditions elsewhere, and the few that remain continue to suffer.

    Ercumbaldo, you seem to disagree with the salary figures quoted by MP Harmon . According to this article, these figures were given to MP Harmon by the government when he requested them.
    Perhaps you should provide your evidence from the government proving otherwise

  • de castro  On July 30, 2012 at 10:27 am

    wow WOW !
    very believeable….
    David CAMERON UK PM earns 158.000pa managing 70million people…
    one of my children earns more than him …as a consultant to the government …
    advisers and consultants earn more than the PM….

    but they all pay “top end” TAXES. 45%….

    two most hated professions today is “politricks” and “banking” !
    wonder why !…
    “Whistle blowers”..will now come forward with many “exposes” and the public prosecutor must act on these “exposes”..and if the “evidence” is sufficient
    prosecute the “theives”….as for the exorbatant “wages”of senior civil servants
    if correct… then either pension them off or sack them for any “misdemnia”
    in their administrations…am sure if their subordinates are offered promotion they will “grass” on them….and hopefully clean up their administration.
    it is the way forward and it will send the correct message.

    further to above….
    if the evidence is there lets have the “figures” printed in the media….
    “the pen is mightier than the sword” !

    Cheating is a human weakness as is also winning…

    But cheating must be discouraged and you cannot win everytime.


  • de castro  On August 3, 2012 at 9:59 am

    UK media refer to these advisers and their institutions as “QUANGOES”
    …today there are so many advisers that choosing which to follow is an impossible task for the “leaders” to respond to !
    an absolute waste of “TAX PAYERS” MONEY !…which would be better spent on health and education.

  • Sharda  On October 15, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Rajendra Singh of ACGNY is now Executive Chairman of Guysuco is making $30,000 US per month. I asked for a copy of his RESUME but the ppp will not release it.

  • Thinker  On October 16, 2013 at 3:48 am

    This is unbelievable. No funding agencies could be taking Guyana seriously.

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