In the face of a pending court battle, the government has been forced to put on paper its reasons for dismissing the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), Rajendra Singh.
Singh, through his Attorney Ashton Chase, has written to the government threatening legal action.
In the letter dated August 19, which was seen by News Source, Singh asked for the government to submit a response within 14 days lest he moves to the Court.
In a three-page response, sent to Chase by the Minister of Agriculture, the government outlined what it considers indisputable evidence of a number of infractions committed by Dr. Singh during his tenure as CEO of GuySuCo.
Among those infractions are that purportedly used his office as CEO to elicit favours from a female employee at the Rose Hall Estate and rewarded her with a promotion and an increased remuneration.
The government claims that he violated the corporation’s procurement procedure in the obtaining of equipment, spares and other items and breached the company’s disciplinary procedure after arbitrarily dismissing a number of employees.
He is also accused of ignoring and condoning acts of a certain employee whose conduct warranted the institution of disciplinary measures, but instead the employee was shielded by Singh.
Additionally, he reportedly deviated from Cabinet’s decision with the unauthorized sale of 2.6792 acres of land at Plantation Good Hope, East Bank Demerara to an individual.
The government’s reasons for dismissing Singh were extensive. The administration also claims that he deliberately misled the Minister of Agriculture regarding the true financial status of the Corporation in May 2015, indicating that the Corporation had sufficient cash flow to sustain it until the end of the month.
Singh served as GuySuco’s CEO between May 2013 and May 2015, when he was dismissed by the APNU+AFC government just days after it took office.
Dr. Singh now wants the government or GuySuCo to offer him compensation even as his Attorney contends that his client’s dismissal was without just cause.
Singh was on a five year contract and was earning US$12,530 a month along with $70,000 in allowances. He has more than 3 years left on his contract and is seeking six months remuneration in lieu of notice.