Government puts hold on contracts signed before elections

By Admin Thursday May 28 2015 in Caribbean
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GEORGETOWN: Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Harmon, Head of the Presidential Secretariat and designate Minister of State, has announced that contracts signed by the former People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration before the May 11 general elections are under review and no payments will be made while an investigation is underway.


Harmon said the coalition administration of A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) also stopped all payments by the Bank of Guyana (BoG) for non-essential services.


In an interview with the Guyana Chronicle newspaper, Harmon said the David Granger administration was taking a closer look at newly signed contracts and that many of them had been inked during the time Parliament had been prorogued ahead of the elections, which saw the APNU+AFC break the 23-year rule of the PPP/C.


“All of these recent contracts that seem to have been done in a hurry in the last days of (the PPP/C) administration will have to be reviewed,” he said.


Harmon said if any misconduct was found in the awarding of the contracts, those involved would feel the full weight of the law.


Several projects, including the expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, are also under review.

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