Guyana: Pegasus Hotel owner denies entering politics because he didn’t get tax breaks

Pegasus Hotel – Guyana

Leader of Change Guyana (CG), Robert Badal on Tuesday bluntly denied entering Guyana’s electoral race because he did not get 50 percent of concessions that he was “entitled to” from the government for the construction of the Pegasus Suites and Corporate Centre.

“The plain answer is no… The answer is no. Let’s move on,” he said as he became impatient with persistent questions about whether he was upset, angry or aggrieved that he did not get all of the tax breaks. “We need questions on the issues. That’s why we called you guys. I said my motivation is the plight of the Guyanese people and we’re addressing the electricity sector,” he told a news conference.       

Robert Badal

Badal said that he was never angered or aggrieved by the fact that the government did not grant him concessions for the offices, only the accommodation. “I contested that because this is a tourism company and offices are also related to tourism.”

At the same time, he lamented for several minutes the fact that the government-owned Marriott-branded hotel has not paid withholding, property and other taxes for 10 years. “We’re paying taxes all the while. Marriott never paid taxes in this country and they got all those concessions. There is something fundamentally wrong with the minds of the leadership in this country,” he said.

Mr. Badal said he had raised his concerns with the government for more than two years, but his concerns did not trigger his entry into politics. Citing low wages, joblessness, daily blackouts, crime and destitution across the country, he said he was motivated by the need for Guyana to create wealth to deal with social ills.

“Concession has nothing to do with my direction into the politics that we are in now,” he said.

Mr. Badal emphasised that “I am not aggrieved, I have never been angry” because he did not get all of the concessions. “I don’t make political support for benefits. I have never asked for anything other than what I am entitled to,” he said.

He said he and his prime ministerial running mate, Nigel Hinds, were not in politics because of the need for money, but they are doing so at great sacrifice.

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  • guyaneseonline  On November 6, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    GPL privatisation among Change Guyana plans to ease blackouts

    The Change Guyana party on November 5, 2019, detailed plans to reform the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL), which includes privatising the utility company and transitioning it from fossil fuel use, in order to deliver on a promise to ensure blackouts become a thing of the past for customers.

    “Change Guyana will implement phased privatisation of generating assets. Generation of electricity is to be private sector managed and owned and electricity supplied to GPL under a Power Purchase (PPA) arrangement,” Change Guyana presidential candidate Robert Badal told a press conference yesterday as he read from a prepared statement.

    He added that all investments in new generation would ensure that it is run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) or gas that is more cost effective and environmentally friendly.

  • Trevor  On November 7, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Badal should pay his taxes like everyone else! How can he run for government if he wants to exempt himself from taxes?

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