The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which has been accused of several corrupt practices while in government, in a statement on Tuesday said it is re-committing itself to the fight against corruption.
The party claims that it has always been a party that has consistently embraced lean and clean governments and espoused zero tolerance for corrupt practices.
The PPP’s statement comes as the world prepares to observe International Day against Corruption on December 9.
The Party took the opportunity to call on all Guyanese to be vigilant against corruption and corrupt practices which it said seem to be rearing its ugly head in the country.
Incidentally, annual international reports had consistently pointed to a high perception of corruption in Guyana during the PPP’s 23 years in office which ended in May 2015.
“Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating unnecessary bureaucracy and red tape whose only reason for existence is to solicit bribes,” the PPP statement added.
It pointed out that one consequence of such an aberration is the stunting of economic development and the overall good and prosperity of the citizenry as a whole.
“The PPP joins hands with all those who wish to break the corruption chain with the aim of ending poverty and ensure prosperity for all.”
The party said despite talks about transparency, accountability and due diligence by the APNU-AFC coalition government, the track record of the six month Granger administration is nothing short of a complete violation of these same transparency norms which it claimed to uphold and defend when in opposition.
“The recent violation of tender board procedures in the award of a contract to Fedders Lloyd to construct the Specialty Hospital flies in the face of everything the Ganger administration claim to hold as sacrosanct and inviolate,” the Party reasoned.
The PPP is urging all Guyanese to raise their voices against acts of corruption, which it said, if allowed to continue can reach cancerous proportions. “In this regard the PPP pledges to so everything in its power to protect the resources of the country from being siphoned off by unscrupulous elements who have access to power and influence.”