More Suriname Cabinet ministers to face the axe … for corruption

More Suriname Cabinet ministers to face the axe … for corruption

JUNE 24, 2013 | BY  |

“Party interests are more important than friendship and the country’s interest is even more important than the party interest…” – Bouterse

President Desire Bouterse

President Desiré Bouterse’s Cabinet may soon experience another “shake-up” as he is planning to dismiss more Cabinet Ministers.
This is according to a Surinamese news website, dwtonline.com, which interviewed Bouterse following the dismissal of Public Works Minister Ramon Abrahams and Forestry Minister Ginmardo Kromosoeto.     

“Both are from the President’s National Democratic Party (NDP) and both made headlines in recent weeks;  Kromosoeto regarding irregularities with land issuance and Abrahams regarding concerns that he was granting lucrative Public Works contracts to friends and family. Abrahams has refuted the allegations; Kromosoeto told journalists he did not get fired, but rather tendered his resignation,” another Suriname news website, devsur.com stated.

Bouterse was quoted on dwtonline.com as saying “Party interests are more important than friendship and the country’s interest is even more important than the party interest.”
The website stated that Bouterse made it clear that more dismissals of other Cabinet Ministers are coming. “We still need to finalize several issues”, he said. The other Ministers and their Permanent Secretaries shouldn’t feel safe as yet

According to the website, the Head of State needs to finalize the “operation” with his coalition colleague Paul Somohardjo (Pertjajah Luhur). Bouterse said that since he forms a coalition government with other parties he isn’t taking the decisions single-handedly.
According to devsur.com, Bouterse’s spokesman Cliff Limburg hinted that more dismissals would probably follow. Education Minister Shirley Sitaldien is rumored to be among the next to be axed.

“The dismissals are the umpteenth “reevaluations” of the cabinet since Bouterse was sworn-in in 2010. No less than nine ministers have been sacked from the cabinet since. For the opposition parliamentarians the dismissals serve as validations of their consistent criticism of Government’s performance,” devsur.com stated.

According to dwtonline.com, Suriname’s new Public Works Minister Rabin Parmessar told staff that he would only support transparent projects through public tenders, allowing entrepreneurs a fair chance in contending for contracts.

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