Daily Archives: 09/08/2012

Jagdeo’s home and pensions create controversy – 4 articles

Jagdeo’s Mansion at Pradoville-2



The publication of the Former President Jagdeo’s home and the details of his pension and benefits are creating controversy in Guyana. They were mentioned in the recent TV debates on corruption.  Here are a few of the articles:

NCN corruption debates…Jagdeo acquired more wealth in office than any other Guyanese President – AFC Chairman

September 4, 2012 | By |

“What is wrong with a former president or a president seeking to ensure that he lives a comfortable life after his presidency? Especially because we have term limits, knowing full well that you are going to demit office, you must ensure that you look for your future. We must not go from a president to rags,” – Labour Minister Nanda Gopaul.

Bharrat Jagdeo, while in office, acquired more wealth than any other president of independent Guyana.
This is according to Alliance for Change (AFC) Chairman attorney at law Nigel Hughes.
Hughes made the observation while single-handedly taking on two cabinet ministers – Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall and Labour Minister Nanda Gopaul – a PPP sympathizer and the Chief Labour Officer, during the latest edition of the National Communication Network-organized public debates on corruption.       [read more]

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Georgetown: The Burrowes approach will not bear lasting fruit

Georgetown: The Burrowes approach will not bear lasting fruit – letter

SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 |   |  Letter by Leno Craig

Dear Editor,
Though in this piece I offer a criticism to the approach by the Keith Burrowes proposal to rid the city of its humongous garbage piles, I wish to state from the outset that I have nothing personal against Mr. Burrowes nor do I write with any political motive, this is strictly a menu of suggestions which, if taken, will enhance the plan to end the garbage pile-up in Georgetown permanently.

I worked with Mr. Burrowes on projects under the auspices of a certain international agency and I have no doubt about his competence as a financial and project manager, however I think his (and overlords) approach to the garbage pile-up is off target and probably tainted by the political competition for power leverage in the city.     Continue reading

Georgetown may very well be CARICOM’s most unattractive capital – letter

Georgetown may very well be CARICOM’s most unattractive capital

SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 |  | Letter to the Editor by  Ray Chickrie

The trash and filth-ridden drain around Guyana’s Parliament epitomizes the state of Georgetown and one can safely say the state of Guyana —a nation plagued by corruption at all levels, with a bureaucracy that makes the nation crawl, and a political system that totally centralizes power in a nation that still awaits the implementation of local elections.

I never expected to see such filth around parliament. This should be the centerpiece of the city. Imagine what impression foreigners have of Guyana seeing this and yet we hear much rhetoric about tourism.
Those who talk about Guyana’s tourism potential are in dreamland.  They need to go just across the border, to Paramaribo, and look at that ornate capital where colonial buildings and homes are preserved in a city that is clean and attractive, and is undergoing major rehabilitation of the waterfront and surrounding areas.                Continue reading

Our image of Africa is hopelessly obsolete

Our image of Africa is hopelessly obsolete

The huge advances the continent has made in recent years have yet to be acknowledged by the west

The Observer,   Sunday 26 August 2012
BOB GELDOF, Ethiopia

 The way it was: Bob Geldof in Ethiopia in 1985. Photograph: Rex Features

Think of Ethiopia and what do you see. Perhaps a starving child, flies in her eyes and belly distended. Painfully thin adults in raggedy clothes, staring balefully at the camera in a fetid refugee camp. Or possibly a famous self-declared saviour from the west, striding purposefully past the decaying corpse of an animal beside a dusty road.

Think again. See, instead, a booming capital city, its cafes filled with graduates and cranes lining the horizon. A nation that is one of the world’s largest livestock producers and recently became the second country to take delivery of Boeing’s new 787 passenger jet. An economy that doubled in size this century and is growing at 7.5%.                        [Read more]

— Post #1840

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