Several officers attached to the Guyana Revenue Authority have expressed concern about the recent move by the GRA to send three of its senior officers on leave pending an investigation into allegations that they have not been made aware of.
Some officers spoke to News Source on the condition of anonymity, and expressed worry that the top brass at GRA appears to be going after its own without following any sort of due process.
“You can’t just send three senior men home and didn’t even bother to put the allegation to them. You don’t offer them a chance to even respond to anything, but you send them home then claim you have launched an investigation. An investigation about what?”, one officer asked.
The three senior officers, who were recently sent on leave, worked in the Enforcement Division of the Revenue Authority at the management level. They all received letters directing that they proceed on leave, but offering no other information.
“Imagine the Enforcement Department is one of the most hardworking departments. A lot of business people don’t like us because we go after them and bring them in line. But as soon as one of these same business people just make a call to complain, the same officers who working all kind of hours day and night, getting marching orders without being given a chance to speak for themselves”, News Source was told by an officer.
Workers from several departments at the revenue collection agency have been talking among themselves about the issue and they are asking that the board starts to pay closer attention to some of the cases.
News Source made repeated efforts to contact the GRA Commissioner General and the Chairman for comments. Those efforts were futile.