Category Archives: Guyana Parliament

GUYANA: Politics: AFC Leader rubbishes PNCR’s efforts to remove Harmon as Opposition Leader

Khemraj Ramjattan and Joseph Harmon

Leader of the Alliance For Khemraj Ramjattan on Friday slammed efforts by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) to replace Joseph Harmon with Aubrey Norton as Opposition Leader, saying that he does not care if sticking with the rule of law results in a schism between the PNCR and AFC.

“Whatever the law is and constitutional regime is, if that  creates a schism and I am living the rule of law and the rule of the constitution, well what you want me to do if the constitution leads to prescription and I am asking for adherence to the prescription and some people don’t like Ramjattan because of that and it creates a schism, well I don’t care if it creates a schism,” he told News-Talk Radio  Guyana 103.1 FM/ Demerara Waves Online News.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Politics: Oil Fund: Opposition to ramp up protests against new NRF law

 …  threatens court action against ‘wholesale thievery of oil money’

Scenes from the protest outside Arthur Chung Convention Center yesterday as Opposition MPs join in

December 30, 2021- Kaieteur News – Scores of Guyanese on Wednesday picketed in front of the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC)—where a sitting of the National Assembly was being held to protest their opposition to the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Government’s rush to pass a new Natural Resources Bill, which many have since condemned as a move to legalise wholesale thievery of Guyana’s oil revenues.

The Bill aimed at replacing the NRF Act in place already in order to give sweeping powers and control over the oil fund and its use by the sitting President.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Harmon dubs replica Parliament mace a ‘fake’, insists ‘oil money’ law wasn’t passed;

— Teixeira says Court has no role

House Speaker Manzoor Nadir holding what he termed a replica mace while putting the Natural Resource Fund Bill to the vote while the traditional mace was taken away by a number of opposition parliamentarians.

Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon on Thursday rejected House Speaker Manzoor Nadir’s claim that a replica mace used during a simple majority vote in favour of the Natural Resource Fund was an authentic standby symbol of authority.

“The Speaker’s statement that Guyana has two Maces is appalling and simply untrue. The replica referred to by the Speaker is a miniature Mace which was made for the hosting of Guyana’s National Youth Parliament and holds no authority in the sitting of the National Assembly. Further there is no rule that provides for the use of a replica Mace in the National Assembly as being touted by the Speaker,” he said.             Continue reading

GUYANA: Politics: Harmon says PNCR elections do not justify him being removed as Opposition Leader

Demerara Waves: Denis Chabrol — Tuesday, 28 December 2021,

Joseph Harmon

Guyana’s Opposition Leader, Mr. Joseph Harmon on Tuesday sought to justify why he should remain in that post, saying that represents a larger block of more than 200,000 Guyanese voters instead of just over 1,000 delegates who voted at the party’s recent internal elections.

“The Leader of the Opposition is representative of over 218,000 persons who went to the electorate and voted and so that is my mandate. The mandate of Leader of the PNC is a separate mandate altogether,” he told reporters. Mr. Harmon said the Opposition Leader and the PNCR Leader should “work together very closely” but they are two separate positions. Reminded that he had campaigned for the leadership of his party and the Opposition Leader to be one office holder, he said he had done so to get the strength of the party behind his existing office of Opposition Leader.          Continue reading

GUYANA: Politics: New PNC/R Leader Aubrey Norton, to confront PPP/c on oil money

…says funds will not be siphoned off by corrupt cabal

Dec 21, 2021  -Kaieteur News -Newly elected leader of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R), Aubrey Norton, on his first day of taking over the reins of the party, immediately put on notice his political opponents in the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Administration that it would not be allowed to rob the nation of its resources through a corrupt cabal.

PHOTO: Newly Elected PNC/R Leader, Aubrey Norton

Norton gave the stern warning yesterday, minutes after being formally declared the new leader of the Party following its 21st Biennial Congress on Saturday last.             Continue reading

GUYANA: Politics: Sweeping changes on PNCR’s Central Executive – Elections December 18, 2021

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The trio are former GDF Chief of Staff Gary Best who secured the highest number of votes: 618, Parliamentary Chief Whip, Christopher Jones who garnered 586 votes and another former GDF Chief of Staff Edward Collins who notched up 521 votes.

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GUYANA: European Union flags downsides of Chinese loans; Gives More Sea Defence Grants

Mr. Javier Nino Perez

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday December 15, 2021 raised concerns about the pitfalls of borrowing from China to finance and build major infrastructural projects.

Deputy Managing Director for Americas, European External Action Service Mr. Javier Nino Perez, during a question and answer session at the University of Guyana, disagreed with those who say that China offers better conditions.

He said China would not invest or trade with countries and create a greater understanding of each other.  “The Chinese project is not as much as building something together as much as it is about seizing space, trade links, trade benefits infrastructure projects. This is one element that we have to keep in mind,” he said.          Continue reading

Guyana: Oil: Natural Resource Fund Law…Jagdeo to remove accountability committee

– says arrangement complex, not transparent

V.P Bharrat Jagdeo

Dec 12, 2021  – Kaieteur News – The current Natural Resource Fund (NRF) legislation recommends that a five-member Macroeconomic Committee be established to oversee and provide suggestions on withdrawals from the account. The arrangement however, does not find favour with the PPP/C government. The administration believes it is utterly flawed for compliance with transparency and accountability.

On this premise, Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo recently disclosed that the amended law which will be tabled on Thursday will not contain this feature.
He said, “…In opposition, we had said the Minister of Finance was too directly involved in the management of the Fund and had too much of an influence in the legislation so we will insert a Board that will sit between the minister and the management of the Fund.”        Continue reading

Guyana: Contract signed for construction of new Fire Service Headquarters

Home Affairs Minister, Robeson Benn, submitting the signed contract to the contractor, Nazar Mohammed in the company of others

A CONTRACT valued G$614M was signed on Wednesday  November 24, 2021 for the construction of the new Guyana Fire Service Headquarters building on Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown.

The work was publicly advertised and won by Mohammed’s Enterprise following an evaluation by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board.    Continue reading

Guyana is continuing on the same corruption trajectory – Letter by Geoffrey Da Silva

Nov. 21, 2021- Letter by Geoffrey Da Silva

Many governments throughout the world experience an increase in corruption as they enter the second year of their 5-year mandate because, by then, those politicians and officials who are intent on wrongdoing have “learnt the ropes” and have become bold and shameless in carrying out illegal activities. This happened from the second year of the APNU / AFC government..

The Kaieteur News and the Stabroek News published many articles and letters about real or possible corruption between 2015 and 2020 such as: [1] the scam at the government-owned asphalt plant at Garden of Eden where some private contractors got huge discounted prices, and a non-existent company from Trinidad and Tobago was paid $9.8 million; [2] at the Ministry of Public Health, 300 truckloads of expired medicine worth GUY $10 Billion had to be dumped; [3] at the Guyana Revenue Authority, some of the major oil importers abused tax exemption letters with the alleged support of some officials; [4] at the Environmental Protection Agency, a 20-year environmental permit was illegally granted to Exxon and the High Court had to  rule that the law only allowed a 5-year permit; [5] large contracts were granted to local an d foreign construction companies that had track records of not completing Government-awarded projects on time and within costs.        Continue reading
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