Granger says party yet to discuss no-confidence vote proposal

Returned PNCR leader David Granger said the party is yet to discuss whether it will support the no-confidence motion the Alliance For Change (AFC) has vowed to bring against the government because it is yet to receive a draft of the document.

AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan said he had completed a draft of the motion which he estimated to be about 20-50 words.

He had told Stabroek News that he wanted to circulate the document to party members before it is made available to the public. Calls to Ramjattan and AFC Executive Moses Nagamootoo for an update on when members of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), including the PNCR, will receive drafts of the motion were unsuccessful.

During a press conference on Sunday night, Granger, fresh off being returned as leader of the PNCR, told reporters that the party was yet to get hold of the motion.

Granger also reminded reporters that the APNU has stated that there are four possible mechanisms through which the problem of government’s abuse of its powers, the latest case being Finance Minister Ashni Singh’s spending of $4.55 billion for various agencies and projects after the monies were not approved by the National Assembly, can be addressed.

These mechanisms are: getting Singh referred to the Privileges Committee of the National Assembly; reporting his spending, which may amount to a transgression of the Fiscal Management and Accountability (FMA) Act, to the police; taking the matter to the High Court; and moving a no-confidence motion against the existing Executive government.

As recent as last week the Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman ruled that Singh’s actions warranted looking into by the Privileges Committee. Also, Ramjattan, in a complaint and brief, has informed the Guyana Police Force of Singh’s alleged crime and suggested that the minister be read his rights. The police are yet to take action on this.

Granger said various mechanisms had been activated and said the party was looking to see how the situations play out. He nevertheless iterated that the party is open to considering the motion, but said it cannot do so until receives the draft document. The possibility of a no-confidence motion was raised late last month. Nagamootoo had pointed to Singh’s latest “abuse” of the Consolidated Fund by spending amounts not approved by the National Assembly.

The 2014 budget as proposed was $220 billion but this amount was reduced by $37.4 billion by the time the Appropriations Bill was drafted and passed.

Despite claims that the reduction effected by the opposition side of the National Assembly was preventing government from paying salaries, and that persons might have to be sent home, Singh eventually laid Financial Paper 1 of 2014 in the house which revealed that he had restored the amount, depending on the guidance of Article 218 (3) (b) of the constitution.

Critics have argued though, that Singh, and his defenders have perverted the meaning of the above-mentioned Article to justify illegal spending.

In addition, it is argued that the spending violates Sections 48 and 85 of the FMA Act. Further, it is said that his actions contravene Article 17 of the constitution.

Article 106 (6) of the constitution requires that Cabinet resign if a no-confidence motion is passed against it and that new general elections be held. Government, including the president had said, it does not fear a no-confidence vote, although on Saturday President Donald Ramotar told reporters that it might not be wise, financially, to hold such elections before the next stipulated date.

Latest in Local News

Omar Shariff

Ministry of the Presidency official Shariff sent on leave pending SOCU investigation

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), Omar Shariff has been sent on leave by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, a release from MOTP said today.

default placeholder

Body found in rubble of Wales fire

At 01:30hrs today, police say that a fire destroyed a home at Wales, West Bank Demerara, and the body of an unidentified person was subsequently discovered among the rubble.

default placeholder

Exxon Mobil says second well confirms `significant’ oil find

Exxon Mobil Corporation today said that drilling results from the Liza-2 well, the second exploration well in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana, confirm a world-class find with a recoverable deposit of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels.

default placeholder

Proposed law bans smoking in public places

Proposed tobacco control legislation will see a ban on smoking in public places while cigarette advertising will no longer be allowed and pictorial and text health warnings will have to be displayed on at least 75% of the packaging on tobacco products.

default placeholder

$800M in specialty hospital steel ‘awarded’ to BK

Government needs to explain why about $800 million worth of steel and other equipment that were earmarked for the now-frozen specialty hospital project, went solely to businessman Brian Tiwarie, former President Donald Ramotar says.

Ezekiel Murray

Truck driver jailed for three years for crash causing child’s death

Clyde Barker, the truck driver who was accused of running over 12-year-old Ezekiel Murray along the Friendship Public Road last year and causing his death, was yesterday sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

default placeholder

Businessman jailed and fined over gun, ammo possession

A businessman was yesterday sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined $100,000 after being found guilty of illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

default placeholder

Business minister ‘in denial’ over economic ‘crisis’

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said that Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin is in denial about Guyana not being in an economic crisis.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: