Tag: Zoie

Ramjattan admits govt using public funds for campaigning

Public Security Minister, Khemraj RamjattanFollowing concerns that the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) was misusing state resources for political purposes, a senior Government Minister has admitted that indeed taxpayers’ money is being used to fund its campaigning activities across the country.Second Vice President and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan was on a live radio programme, “Straight Up”, on Thursday evening, when he was asked about the APNU/AFC coalition’s preparation for the impending elections.In response, Ramjattam explained that the coalition had already started its campaign through the ministerial outreaches across the country.“We had started our campaign in a sense. We were outreaching in all the areas, even having Cabinet in different areas, having lots of meetings on the weekends especially and carrying our Government projects and programmes for the people to see it themselves and promoting our accomplishments. And that is what part of the campaigning was all about during that time because there was always this 50-50 chance that we’re gonna lose it and indeed, we lost it,” Ramjattan, the newly elected AFC leader, stated.Since February, the coalition Administration rolled out its “ministerial outreach” programme under the slogan of “bringing Government to the people”.Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon.Government had come under heavy criticism over these outreaches but insisted that they were initiatives aimed at meeting and listening to the concerns of members of the public.In fact, former Minister of State, Joseph Harmon had told reporters back in February that the outreaches are nothing but “normal Government business” in response to concerns that the coalition was campaigning with state funds.More recently, however, Harmon defended a move by his Administration to secure in excess of $300 million in supplementary funding from the National Assembly for more ministerial outreaches across the country.So far, the APNU/AFC Administration has held these exercises in Regions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 and more recently Region 7.Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan speaking at Bartica earlier this weekDespite claims that these events are not politically motivated, the outreach held in the mining town of Bartica earlier this week attracted much criticisms and concerns after several senior Government officials, including Finance Minister Winston Jordan and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, spouted remarks about “war break”, “street protest” and “troubles” in a bid to push the conduct of house-to-house registration.This incident comes on the heels of a previous one whereby, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, during a hinterland outreach back in February, had told residents that he was there simiply to get to vote for the coalition Government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGov’t doing everything possible and having ‘tremendous results’ in reducing crime – Ramjattan tells National AssemblyMay 6, 2016In “Politics”Govt turns to international experts for help in crime fightOctober 30, 2016In “latest news”New gov’t will set up systems to detect corruption – NagamootooJuly 4, 2015In “Politics” read more

Youth charged with attempted murder released on bail

A 20-year-old man slapped with an attempted murder charge was Friday morning released on $100,000 bail when he made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Trillion Peters, a construction worker of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was not required to plea to the indictable charge.It is alleged that on May 14, 2019, he wounded Ovid Barrow – with the intent to commit murder of cause grievous bodily harm.Police Prosecutor, Neville Jeffers said on the day in question, the defendant and victim were involved in an argument over an old grievance when Peters became annoyed, whipped out a knife, and dealt Barrow several stabs about his body.Peters reportedly fled the scene but was later arrested.Barrow, on the other hand, was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, where he underwent emergency surgery.Prosecutor Jeffers made no objections to bail being granted but asked that conditions be attached.As such, in addition to bail, Peters was ordered to report to the East Ruimveldt Police Station every Friday as well as to stay away from the victim.The matter was adjourned until August 15, 2019. (Story by Leah Hernandez)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSubryanville hotelier now facing murder charge in fatal shooting incidentSeptember 24, 2018In “Court”Chinese National slapped with attempted murder chargeApril 30, 2019In “Court”Mabaruma businessman on bail for attempted murderJanuary 27, 2019In “Court” read more