“Bring the evidence”– Teixeira on Opposition’s claims of corruption in Govt – Guyana Times
Parliamentary Affairs and Governance Minister Gail Teixeira is calling on all those who claim that there is widespread corruption in the Government to do the work and present the evidence to support their allegations.
Both the People’s National Congress (PNC)-led A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) have levelled allegations of corrupt acts in the Government.
According to Teixeira, there are a host of constitutional bodies that have been set up to deal with such matters and complaints. These include the Public Procurement Commission (PPC); the Auditor General Office; the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and even the Guyana Police Force (GPF).
Back in 2018, a contract was awarded to Dutch company LievenseCSO for a feasibility study into the new bridge. A probe conducted by the PPC, upon request of the PPP through Teixeira, had flagged then Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson for requesting from Cabinet that the $148 million contract be sole-sourced instead of being processed through the Procurement Board as the law says should be done.
She went on to note too that after no further action was taken based on that PPC’s findings, she went to the Police and filed a case through the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) – the arm of the GPF which deals with white-collar crime. However, the matter was not dealt with by SOCU until 2020.
“So, if anybody feels that there is corruption and anybody has a scintilla of evidence, they should use the mechanisms that are available to bring their cases forward. You don’t win every case, there were cases that we brought with the PPC that got shut down… So, you have to recognise that constitutional bodies will make their recommendations based upon their laws, their constitution and what they think is best. You may not always agree with it and one can also always, as a citizen, go to the court; that is your right to do that,” the Minister noted.
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