Last updated Tuesday, 26 January 2021, 9:11 by Denis Chabrol
The opposition A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU + AFC) has aimed at the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), strongly suggesting that the decisions are politically motivated.
Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon stayed clear of directly criticizing Shalimar Hack CPD, but questioned the council from his Chambers. “She is a constitutional office holder and so I wouldn’t want to comment too much that wat would tend towards her character or integrity but what I can say is that the work that comes out of her office is look back on partisanship, out of prejudice, ”he said outside Georgetown Magistrates Court where Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and former General Manager of Demerara Harbor Bridge Corporation, Rolston Adams appeared on fraud charges.
Mr Harmon’s allegation came against the background of the then Police Legal Adviser, Retired Justice Claudette Singh clearing former Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson of any criminal liability in connection with awarding the company a ALL $ 163 million contract from the Netherlands, Arie Mol / Lievense CSO, to conduct a feasibility study for the new Demerara Harbor Bridge. Ms Singh had noted that there had been no misappropriation of funds, no evidence that no crime had been committed and no evidence of collusion between the company and the staff of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure.
However, the Public Procurement Commission (PPC) had found that the company had been acquired on the basis of an unsolicited expression of interest rather than bids through the National Tender Procurement and Administration Board. The contract was awarded after Mr Patterson took the proposal to Cabinet which approved the payment from the Demerara Harbor Bridge Corporation Asphalt Equipment.
Under the coalition administration, former Housing Minister Dr. Irfaan Ali, the former Finance Minister Ashni Singh and former Head of the Privatization Unit / National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) charged with financial crimes.
However, under the People’s Progressive Party (PPPC) Civic administration all those charges were withdrawn.
Under the coalition-led Harmon administration, there were private allegations of misconduct in public office against that of APNU + AFC ministers Volda Lawrence, George Norton, Winston Jordan, David Patterson and Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine has been terminated by the CPD.
As late as August 2020, three private criminal charges against Retired Justice Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman Claudette Singh had been withdrawn shortly after a change of government.
“The police have done their job, the courts have done their job and it’s only a matter of time, and she’s coming to nolle prosequi (he will no longer prosecute) these issues but I’m believe that that has to be stopped. On the other hand, look what she’s doing for other Guyanese and so while I’m not questioning the integrity of the Director of Public Prosecutions, I’m questioning the quality of work coming out of his office. I don’t know if she, herself, or are there other people who have infiltrated that office who might be coming there with a political agenda and sending directions from that office that have the effect of letting (alleged) criminals go, “he said.