At an Old Year’s Day press conference, Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, bashed the President David Granger administration as one that does not have a clear vision for the country. He also accused the coalition government of not being transparent.
He pointed to several recent decisions carried out by the government which he believes should have had more consultation.
The Opposition Leader made specific reference to the Terrorism Bill and said it should have been put down for another two weeks to allow more consultation.
The government consulted a number of stakeholders before taking the Bill to parliament for passage.
Mr. Jagdeo told the Thursday press conference that in the new year, his party will continue to challenge the Granger administration on the way it is governing. He said although the APNU+AFC had all the plans and recipes while in opposition, they have not followed through on any of those since taking government. According to the Opposition Leader, his party is ready to support several of the initiatives contained in the manifesto of the governing coalition.
He said the PPP which introduced and maintained the Value Added Tax at 16%, would now be willing to support a decrease in the tax.
But he warned the government against attempting to destroy reputations. He made specific reference to the current investigation being done into the government holding company, NICIL.
A forensic audit of NICIL found several wrongdoings and the Police Force was called in to investigate and file possible charges. Jagdeos said the move may only be to destroy the names of people who worked at the agency during the PPP’s time in office.
He also used the press conference to criticize the recommendation by a Commission of Inquiry to privatize the Guyana Sugar Corporation, which has been propped up to the tune of billions of dollars over the years.