The A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition (APNU/AFC) Government has once again come under fire by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), as allegations of extortion continue to surface.PPP Chief Whip Gail TeixeiraThe Party’s Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Wednesday reported that the Party has evidence the Government officials have been making demands and threats to businessmen.“We have evidence of the head of an agency within the Ministry of the Presidency being in meeting with a member of the Private Sector to seek donation of $12 million to carry out certain works.”According to Teixeira, the message was clear that if they did not donate, they would be unsuccessful in the future with the contracts. The meeting succeeded in getting $8 million in donations.She said the issue is not only the extortion but why the extortion, when the agency has enough money, budgeted for, to carry out this work.“Budget was only passed less than a month ago and they could not have spent out that money in less than a month and therefore there is no shortage of money to carry out that work.“More and more we are hearing of businessmen of goods and services are facing pressure to donate to Government and other times called directly, by the heads of these agencies and their Ministers, requesting donations, with threats of not getting work or contracts, if they did not make the donation”. Teixeira said there is no need to call for donations since the money is available in the budget.She said why Government is intimidating businessmen is not clear. “This is pure extortion and it is becoming a norm in Guyana currently,” she said.
That is according to Miguel Angel Lemús, former president of AMPI Cancun who says that 90 percent of the investors maintain hope that the problem will soon be resolved so they can consolidate their projects, indicating that the problem has been inherited from the serious carelessness of Fonatur and Semarnat in the last federal administration. “For the time being, we hope to see the opening of the roads in the short term, although the legal process will still run its course in the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation, which is a long process,” he noted. Cancun, Q.R. — A majority of the Malecón Tajamar investors say they are hoping the issues with the project will soon be resolved so they can move forward and continue building. He said that while there are some investors who are already fed up with the issue, that they have already requested the return of their investment, 90 percent of the investors remain interested in the project. The real estate consultant said that with the new federal administration underway, Fonatur is expected to take action on the matter as promised by the new director, Rogelio Jiménes Pons. “There was great carelessness on the part of the authorities who had to take action in this regard. It was a serious neglect of the investment. It is impossible for Tajamar to be a mangrove park. A pine does not make a forest, and here, it is not a mangrove,” he said.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)