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Law enforcement and the judiciary blamed for corruption in Guyana and Caribbean

Blame law enforcement, judiciary for corruption – says expert

Jul 28, 2017  Kaieteur News – featuring Dr. Perry Stanislas

To a large extent, law enforcement and the judiciary are to be blamed for the high levels of corruption in Guyana and the wider Caribbean. This is so because it will only take a few good examples to be made out of corrupt officials to send a message that the crime would not be tolerated.

That is the view held by a few international experts, particularly United Kingdom’s Dr. Perry Stanislas and Christopher Camponovo of Halcyon Law Group. This view was aired during the recent symposium that examined the relationship between corruption and oil.         Continue reading

Guyana: The Next Economic Tiger? – commentary

Guyana: The Next Economic Tiger?

Guyana map

   By  on November 9, 2013   – e-International Relations Blog

Guyana is the third smallest country in South America, located on the north-eastern coast of the continent. Its total population is also small at around 800,000 (giving Guyana one of the lowest population densities in the Americas), with 90 per cent living within 10 miles of the coast. Although Guyana is the third poorest country in the Americas it has a tremendous stock of natural resources, and there is great hope that Guyana’s economy has reached take-off phase and high growth and sustained development are now possible.
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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

Rooting out corruption is vital to a country’s development says British High Commissioner to Guyana

Rooting out corruption is vital to a country’s development says British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre – 13th Mar 2013

Capitol News 13 March 2013 – British High Commissioner to Guyana, Andrew Ayre, said it is critical for Guyana and the other members of the 54-nation grouping to live up to the core values of the Commonwealth, one of which is good governance, this, as Guyana observed Commonwealth Day.

He said an important part of good governance is the rooting out of public corruption.

The Ambassador’s comments came against the backdrop of the Public Sector Commission’s response to the last Transparency International Corruption Index Report. In that report, Guyana scored  28 points out of a possible 100, to be ranked 133 out of 176 countries that were assessed. The lower the number, the more corrupt the country is perceived to be.   Continue reading

AFC, Government continue to trade blame over Agricola unrest

AFC, Government continue to trade blame over Agricola unrest

The Government wants to exploit racism and is trying to divert attention from the issues of corruption that are taking place, that’s the view of the Alliance for Change.

The Government has been blaming the AFC for organizing the unrest at Agricola, where a number of people were reportedly robbed by elements in the community.

At a press conference today, AFC leader, Khemraj Ramjattan, said, that the party was not involved and strongly condemned the action. AFC Vice Chairman, Moses Nagamootoo, believes that the Government is trying to use violence to stir up hatred.         Continue reading

Guyana: Fraud at NDIA unearthed – Audit Report

Fraud!!!! Audit report recommends dismissal of NDIA boss Lionel Wordsworth and Senior Engineer Aneel Chowbay

October 14, 2012 | By KNews | Filed Under News

Lionel Wordsworth

An audit report on the operations of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has recommended the immediate dismissal of the entity’s boss Lionel Wordsworth and the Senior Section Engineer,  Aneel Chowbay, after several instances of fraud and conflict of interest were unearthed.

The report on fuel consumption and equipment operations and maintenance, was conducted between May and September. It was completed and submitted to the Chairman of the NDIA Board of Directors on September 26, and carbon copied to President Donald Ramotar.    [Read More Fraud at NDIA unearthed]

Also read the reply from NDIA …:  NDIA challenges audit report

Jagdeo’s home and pensions create controversy – 4 articles

Jagdeo’s Mansion at Pradoville-2

NCN CORRUPTION DEBATES

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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]

Other stories in this debate:          

Jagdeo brushes off US Envoy’s concerns about Guyana’s Narco-image

Jagdeo brushes off US envoy’s concerns about Guyana’s narco-image   ||
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Monday, 29 August 2011 11:11
jagdeoclicoPresident Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday (August 29), brushed aside concerns about the image of Guyana as a country heading for narco-statehood and his administration appearing unwilling to fight the drug trade.Confidential United States diplomatic cables recently released by the whistleblowing site, Wikeleaks, saw the then American Ambassador Roland Bullen weighing in on the reasons why an office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) was not yet opened in Guyana. Continue reading

NO STIGMA, NO SHAME by Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth

Ewalt Ainsworth

This article has been written by Guyana-born Ewalt (Waltie) Ainsworth.  He left Guyana in the early 1980’s and now lives in New Jersey. He is now almost totally blind but this impediment has not stopped his academic studies or his ability to craft his interesting and sometimes amusing stories about Guyana, the USA, and life.  E-mail: jenewalt@aol.com

We have published a previous articles entitled:

Small Change still on my mind  and  Autobum

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NO STIGMA, NO SHAME

By EWALT (Waltie) AINSWORTH              07 18 2011

Ina and her brother, Trevor, made an unannounced visit to Guyana last summer and her own nephews threatened to “reverse her counx” and “back -up the-shit” if they did not exit the family property immediately.  They both expended more than ninety thousand (90,00.00) US dollars to repair, extend and enclose the family property in Jib-Korea, ECD.

Their mother died a few months earlier and even though she was advanced in age, she had all her faculties, went to church by herself, tended a kitchen garden, milked the cows and was even able to cut up wood when she wanted to cook.  She had three children and both Ina and Trevor lived overseas.  They had no children but like every other family in the rural ethnic enclave, the last girl, Daphne, made a set “of concubines” as the mother would say.  They were all basically hustlers and fleeced her of every penny and anything that was not pinned down.  Originally the house should have been completed in six months according to certain preconstruction calculations. But the two boys sold the concrete blocks, sand, and zinc sheets,and they stole the doors.  If they could have found a ready market for the house itself, they would have sold it.               Continue reading