AFC slams PPP for salary hypocrisy, says has facts on “fabulous” sums in secret accounts

The Alliance For Change today lashed out at the opposition PPP for hypocrisy over the recent increase in salaries for ministers and says it has facts on “fabulous” sums stashed away in secret bank accounts that would shame the former governing party.

“Our party is armed with cogent facts and statistics that would put the PPP to shame for giving its fats cat super salaries and perks for stashing away fabulous sums in secret bank accounts and causing the disappearance of vehicles and other state assets, all of which is coming to the public’s attention now with a series of revelations and disclosures. The AFC supports action to follow through these disclosures with recovery of state assets which have been misappropriated and prosecution where necessary”, the party said.
The AFC statement follows:

The Alliance For Change has noted a reported a statement from the opposition People’s Progressive Party that the postponement of the November 12th sitting of the National Assembly is as a result of our Coalition Government trying to avoid debate on its motion on a recent salary adjustment for Members of Parliament and ministers.

The AFC finds this to be hypocritical for the simple reason that it was the PPP, when faced with a motion of No Confidence in 2014 that not only postponed the sitting of the National Assembly but shut down the House.

The PPP was fearful of that motion to the extent that it recklessly prorogued the Parliament which was derailed for a full 9 months. It was the APNU+AFC Coalition Government that rescued Parliament and re-convened the Assembly after the polls.

The APNU+AFC Coalition is ready to debate any motion from the opposition which is playing a game of cat-and-mouse with Parliament as it first boycotted important sittings, and then, not to lose pay for its MPs, quietly slipped into the House whilst petitioning the court to declare the Parliament illegal.

Our party is armed with cogent facts and statistics that would put the PPP to shame for giving its fat cats super salaries and perks for stashing away fabulous sums in secret bank accounts and causing the disappearance of vehicles and other state assets, all of which is coming to the public’s attention now with a series of revelations and disclosures. The AFC supports action to follow through these disclosures with recovery of state assets which have been misappropriated and prosecution where necessary.

The AFC sees the hullabaloo over salary adjustments as a red-herring to divert attention from the PPP’s destruction of the Guyana economy, bankrupting the sugar industry and failure to find alternative markets for rice when it became aware of the collapse under its rule of the Venezuela deal.

As a Coalition partner, the AFC is fully committed to parliamentary democracy and a functioning House but recognizes that important strategic government business must be given attention in the national interest, particularly at this time when, as a nation, we are organizing to secure our national petroleum assets and defend threats to our national sovereignty.

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