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Guyana Politics: Ramjattan to challenge Nagamootoo for PM post

Photo: Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo (left), and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan

Guyana Politics: The Freudian mind of the PPP – By Freddie Kissoon

The Freudian mind of the PPP

The AFC at 12: The journey has ended – by Freddie Kissoon  

The AFC at 12: The journey has ended31

 Yesterday marked one dozen years since the Alliance for Change came into being at the Ocean View Hotel, Liliendaal on October 29, 2005. I thought of doing this article yesterday, the actual birthday, but I considered the topic on the insensitivity of our leaders to poverty in Guyana more pressing and relevant for a Sunday column.

Has the AFC become a fading superstar? I think the final performance on stage will be 2020. It is definitely outside the scope of one newspaper column to analyse the twelve-year journey of the AFC. The AFC has not had an attractive birth or continuation of its life. It was essentially a middle class formation that followed Raphael Trotman out of the PNC, and Sheila Holder brought a few middle class admirers with her.   Continue reading

President Ramotar says …No more Parliament, elections next year

Ramotar says …No more Parliament, elections next year

December 7, 2014 | By By Abena Rockcliffe

The government is not remotely willing to allow a debate on the Alliance For Change’s (AFC) sponsored No-Confidence motion and has therefore decided to go to the polls.

President Donald Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar

 

This was made known yesterday as President Donald Ramotar addressed the media at State House.
Ramotar declared that he will, early in the New Year, announce “further steps towards the direction of General and Regional elections in Guyana.”

The President said, as well, that he has communicated with the international community alerting of the “possibility” of early elections and the desire for observers.
Before he made this announcement, Ramotar chronicled the recent series of events that he took into consideration when he made a decision to prorogue Parliament. Continue reading

Opposition appears cautiously open to some talks with government

Opposition appears cautiously open to some talks with government

Friday, 14 November 2014 22:51 – by   – Demerara Waves

AFC Chairman, Nigel Hughes addressing an APNU rally at the Square of the Revolution Friday night. November 14, 2014

AFC Chairman, Nigel Hughes addressing an APNU rally at the Square of the Revolution Friday night. November 14, 2014

A narrow fissure Saturday night appeared to have developed in the opposition’s hard-line position that there would be no talks with government unless President Donald Ramotar revokes the suspension of the Parliament.

Joining with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) at anti parliamentary prorogation rally at the Square of the Revolution, the Alliance For Change (AFC) called on the international community to dispatch a team of mediators to break the political impasse with the government. Continue reading

PPP Wanted gridlock on Amaila to drum up Congress fever – Nagamootoo

PPP Wanted gridlock on Amaila to drum up Congress fever – Nagamootoo

Dear Editor

On July 18, during what I would describe as one of the “dumb” debates in which both Government and Opposition alternated to be silent, Minister Irfaan Ali confidently denied that the raising of the national debt ceiling from $1 billion to $150 billion, has nothing to do with the cash-strapped Guyana Power and Light (GPL). I was stunned by that display of such enormous ignorance!

The debt ceiling has everything to do with GPL, as the guarantee would open the gate to borrowing by GPL in connection with the Amaila Falls Hydro Project (AFHP).

When taken, the additional $150 billion would send up our national debt in nominal Guyana dollars to some $530 billion, more than double of what it has been under the PNC government, up to 1992.        Continue reading

Guyanese must stand up for Procurement Commission‏ – AFC

Guyanese must stand up for Procurement Commission‏ – AFC

 In light of Ramkarran’s statement

June 27th, 2013 -AFC Press Release  – The revelations by the former high ranking PPP/C executive member and sole nominee of the PPPC  for the position of speaker of the current parliament,  about the management of the country and the manner in which decisions are arrived at, by the Government in his article entitled the  Kleptocratic Republic of Guyana [article link], have confirmed the worst fears of the citizenry.

Mr. Ralph Ramkarran S.C. disclosed that at the apex of corruption in Guyana is, “a group of wealthy and influential businessmen who have high political connections.”

Most revealing in his disclosure was the following; “They have access through their political connections, to information on potential opportunities that are likely to emerge in the near to medium term and  are in a position to make investments now as to cash in on those opportunities down the road. The PPP leadership is supported and financed by all these groups and state decisions are influenced by their interests.”  Continue reading

Fat cats unmasked… ‘Disgraceful’ OP operating ‘Dharm Shala’ – Nagamootoo

Fat cats unmasked… ‘Disgraceful’ OP operating ‘Dharm Shala’ for friends, cronies – Nagamootoo

JULY 29, 2012 | BY KNEWS |

 …super salaries being paid to do little or nothing, “mostly nothing” – says Moses Nagamotoo

Attorney-at-law Moses Nagamootoo, who made headlines on Nomination Day when he defected from the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) and campaigned for the Alliance for Change, says that the latest revelation coming out of Office of the President has vindicated his position during the recent Budget Cuts.

Nagamootoo coined the phrase ‘fat cats’ in reference to persons at Government agencies being paid huge amounts and while he was unable during the budgetary process to unveil them, he says that the information which has been now made public demonstrates that “Office of the President is running a Dharm Shala for friends and cronies.”   [more]

Joe Harmon challenges figures paid to ‘fat cats’

JULY 31, 2012 | BY KNEWS |

The Guyana Government has paid to state-owned National Communications Network (NCN) some $8.7M between April 1 and July 18, this year for advertisements airing lamentations relative to the effects of the budget cuts. This information was supplied to the House by Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh.          read more …  [Joe Harmon challenges figures paid to fat cats]

Finance Minister pleads with Opposition to use ‘Scissors’ judiciously

Finance Minister pleads with Opposition to use ‘Scissors’ judiciously

April 18, 2012 | BY  | NEWS  = By Gary Eleazar

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh yesterday made his presentation/rebuttal to the 2012 Budget

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh

debates where he sought to rip through the arguments put forward by the opposition.
“With a few exceptions” he acknowledged but condemned the majority of opposition presentations as “political grandstanding.”

The Finance Minister however closed his presentation on a completely different tone from the one with which he started and commenced to plead with the opposition to use its ‘scissors’ judiciously as it attempts to make cuts to the $192.8B Budget.

Already the Alliance for Change (AFC) Chairman, Khemraj Ramjattan, has outlined some $3B (US$15M) to be placed on the chopping block.   [more]

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