The Attorney General is asking ‘Top Cop’ to investigate the controversial Sussex Street bond
Kaieteur News – The country’s Attorney General (AG) Anil Nandlall has written to Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie directing that Guyana Police (GPF) launch an investigation into the controversial Sussex Street bond. This comes on the heels of the recommendations of a special report by the Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, on the bond. This report was released by the Attorney General’s Chambers last Saturday.
In a Dec. 23 letter, Nandlall stated that he had recently received the above special report and his specific recommendations. To this, the AG said, “Implement the said recommendation.”
Notably, the Auditor General’s special audit report on the bond highlighted that proper procedures had not been followed in relation to the award of the contract to Linden Holding Incorporated (the landlord) for the lease of a warehouse facility at Lot 29 Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to serve as an off-site medical storage facility for the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
The head for Linden Holding Incorporated is businessman Larry Singh, who is also facing a government lawsuit for an apparently unfulfilled supply of $ 380M worth of weapons and ammunition for the army, according to a signed contract.
The SA report also highlights that tendering board procedures were not followed, and as part of its recommendations, the Audit Office asked the MoPH to ensure full compliance with the Procurement Act 2003 in relation to the award of contracts. It was also recommended that the Ministry of Legal Affairs, with a view to bringing this matter to a close, should, if necessary, take appropriate disciplinary action against any culprits.
In 2018, Kaieteur News had reported that the former A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU + AFC) government had abandoned the drug bond in Sussex Street, Albouystown, but not before racking up a $ 314.6M bill. The controversy intensified when it was discovered in late 2016 that the facility was only storing items such as lubricants and condoms.
However, in the AG’s report, it was highlighted that while the government was slated to pay $ 475M in rent, it only managed to pay $ 338M. Notably, no letter of the payment due for $ 137M was sent to the MoPH.