District Committee/ Group Unit events

Party News By Eddi Rodney

As February 2017 proceeds, efforts are being made at the organizational level to coordinate and advance the process that would facilitate District Conferences for Georgetown, as well as the lower and Upper East Bank of Demerara.
Groups are expected to submit the relevant lists setting out delegates, suggestions and at times special motions or proposals.

Tentatively, March 19th 2017 is being considered for Georgetown District

West Berbice local decision making
In the party, Region 5 (5B,5A), there were very successful District annuals recently- all on February 5th.
The equation represents three Districts. District No. 1 with 15 party groups witnessed 46 persons (delegates/observers). District No. 2 held a conference attended by 77 delegates and others, whilst District No. 23 conference had 54 delegates drawn from 7 party groups.

These programmes were enacted at various locations, namely Shieldstown, Bath Settlement and Dundee.

Three resolutions were unanimously approved. These identified the “unjust imposition of taxes on farmers by the MMA/ADA; the demand for the democratization of the Guyana Elections Commission in terms of the chairman being appointed in accordance with the Carter formula and also, a firm solidarity with the entire Guyanese community in Support of the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre remaining as the organic legacy of Dr Cheddi Jagan and the Nation.

Red House Update
As reported in this newspaper (WM 7- 8 January 2017), the PPP has taken a firm, principled position on the issue of the Red House tenancy and associated rights (see also Stabroek News, February 2) for item on affidavit served on behalf of the CJRC Inc. on January 31 2017.

The CJRC Inc. has made the legal response to the move by the APNU-AFC government to revoke the release held by the occupants and terminate the tremendous work this Centre has been doing.

In the affidavit, the respondents have sought to refrain and annul the illegality of the Attorney General, Mr Basil Williams, acting as the legal adviser and member of the Granger/Harmon Cabinet.

The submission essentially affirms that then President Donald Ramotar had authorized the issuance of a lease for government land for educational/ research purposes; number 3068, dated March 30 2012, in respect of Area “A”, now called the Red House-Lot 66,67 High Street, Kingston, Georgetown.

General Secretary issues call for coalition accountability
Addressing press conferences held mainly at Freedom House over the past three weeks since his appointment as General Secretary, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo touched on a cluster of issues and concerns.

A number of these were controversial; and where necessary and possible clarifications were provided.

Party members who access Freedom Radio and/or obtain those mainstream media organs that would carry PPP storylines, may or may not have been apprised of the clarifications as well as the stated positions taken as representative of the PPP political stance.

Amongst the topics addressed were the following (though not in dateline sequence):
o The 2017 budget measures and discrepancies revealed in the perusal of the line items of sections of the Budget Estimates.

o The falsity of the claims of Finance Minister Mr Jordan as to ‘fiscalisation’ of the economy, capital movements and the availability of foreign exchange resources (i.e. The Commercial banks- the responsibility these have to customers creditability and forex needs

o The unprecedented fiasco of ‘Pharmagate’ that led to Dr Norton being made a scape goat by the political directorate as well as the continuation of the arrangement forged with one Mr Larry Singh over the Albouystown/Charlestown property housing the bond.

o The fact that lack of confidence in the management of the economy is also manifested by or through the kinds of signals that the private sector receives or perceives from the government

o The imposition of taxes on farmers in the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary by the MMN /ADA would have a potentially disastrous impact.

More recently, Dr Jagdeo dealt with the trend set by President David Granger where the media is invited to “pre-packaged interviews” instead of open press/media conference as has been the practice for decades, and especially since October 1992.

At that time, after being sworn in, Dr Cheddi Jagan held regular press conferences often chaired by then Information Minister Moses Nagamootoo.

These media exchanges at times featured a panel of Ministers or leading government officials such as then Foreign Minister Clement Rohee, Cabinet Secretary Dr Roger Luncheon and Adviser Kellawan Lall.

Since May 2015 President Granger has held one press conference sometime during October 2015. During the PPP/C years, Presidential press conferences were not as frequent as the Regular post-cabinet news briefings.

Erratum Banks DIH/BGoC AGM
Inadvertently there were two errors in the article on Banks AGM (WM 4-5 Feb 2017). The text SRC in relevant section Compared with 2015 the corporation attained an after tax profit of $ 4. 357billion, an increase of $1.788 billion. Also SRC in section. Twenty five (25) of these are for the 25 year category whilst 20 are of the twenty-year grouping.