APNU/AFC Government is functioning in secrecy

first_imgDear Editor,Act 21 of the 2011 Access to Information Act was approved by the National Assembly during the PPP/C Government. The basic objective of the Rights to Information Act is to empower citizens, promote transparency and accountability in the functioning of the Government, contain corruption, and make our democracy work for the people in real sense.It establishes, without saying, that informed Guyanese are better equipped to maintain the necessary vigil on the instruments of governance and demands a more accountable Government to the people. The Access to Information Act is to make citizens informed about activities of the Government also.This APNU/AFC coalition Government continues to strangle the rights of people from the access to information that would expose the corruption, dictatorial policies, racial discrimination etc.The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Six is an elected second-level Government that represents the people, but continues to be disregarded when it requests information for projects, decisions and policies that are being executed and implemented by the APNU/AFC coalition Government. This dictatorial Government operates in Region Six without any respect or regard for this elected regional governance. Numerous projects that are being managed by central Ministries don’t even inform the RDC of project execution or give a copy of the contract documents because Ministries are scared of scrutiny that will unearth massive corruption.The East Bank Berbice Public Road Project is one of the biggest projects in the region that is being undertaken by the MOPI but they refused to make available the contract documents to the RDC. Likewise, the Indian Monument site at Palmyra, where billions of taxpayers’ monies are disappearing through the sale of materials etc. Berbician are still anxious to know what is the total cost of these projects.The RDC was informed through the REO that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority said that Cabinet made a decision to reallocate budgetary funds from the 2019 regional allocation without providing any information or evidence of the Cabinet’s decision. The RDC of Region Six is stunned because this can cause serious implications in transferring these funds to the NDIA without the approval of the RDC. The Fiscal Management and Accountability Act does not allow for the transferral of funds allocated for Drainage and Irrigation in the regional budget to be transferred to NDIA without the permission of the RDC.The NDIA is being used, evidently, as an arm of the PNC to satisfy their supporters. Excavators are being used to execute private jobs for PNC supporters in Region six because of political intervention by senior Government officials.Imagine that the REO of Region Five is shutting down an RDC meeting because of alleged usage of NDIA excavators to execute private work in Bath settlement, but when NDIA excavators are used by PNC activists in various areas it becomes legal. This issue was highlighted to the CEO, Flatts, but he refused to comment on the issue.Finally, the circus of “Bringing the Government to the people “, continued in Region Five a few days ago. Unfortunately, Government continued to disregard the most serious problem in Region Five, that is, where APNU/AFC councillors and the REO are purposely shutting down the functioning of the RDC, which can be considered the “voice of the residents” in that region. Disregarding this major issue of democracy in Region Five is an insult to David Granger who boasted about democracy in Guyana.What is happening in Region Six is a replica by this APNU/AFC coalition Government throughout Guyana. The RDC is demanding their constitutional rights for the access to information for all projects and policies that are implemented within.Regards,Zamal Hussainlast_img read more

FPL tips for gameweek 8, including Aguero, Alli, Lukaku, Ozil, and Pedro

first_img silverware 11 In: Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham) – £6.8m His ownership soared to 1,017,153 in gameweek 5 – up from just 96,685 at the start – but after two weeks out this has halved and he’s unlikely to start this week either but should be monitored long-term. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? SORRY Will you sign or sell these Premier League stars? 11 Out: Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – £11.0m The Ukrainian is springing into life for the Hammers and has plenty of upside with just 1.5 per cent of managers owning him and two goals and an assist in his last three games. It should also be noted he’ll be coming up against a Brighton side who look weak at left-back. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won In: Anthony Knockaert (Brighton) – £5.5m How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings tense Last week we were spot on in telling you to add Wolves defender Jonny to your teams and we backed up this man too. He found it tough against Manchester City but now the Seagulls have a good run of fixtures so he could be about to hit form. Only 1.2 per cent of managers have him at the moment so you will be ahead of the bandwagon jumpers if you snap the Frenchman up. In: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £5.1m Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 11 changes Set for several weeks on sideline with a hamstring issue, the brilliant Belgian defender is another definite to ditch, especially with around 8.4 per cent of managers owning him. The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion 11 11 Out: Dele Alli (Tottenham) – £9.0m Hardly a performer this season in FPL terms but another injury makes the England star a definite out. Alli is set to miss around four weeks of action and will be no help on your bench at his price. Out: Pedro (Chelsea) – £6.6m We’ve been debating the inclusion of TAA in teams for a while now but it’s tough not to put him in, especially following the assist against Southampton. You won’t get many better for this price, even if it’s mainly down to clean sheets. Before the season started we had a good feeling the German would do well under Unai Emery and it’s taken a while but he appears to be stepping up. He’s not got two goals in three games and is a dangerous in terms of assists too. The face only 3.8 per cent of owners have him is a huge plus too. revealed 11 We know who the stars are, we know the injuries and we know who to steer well clear of.But who should you be selling and signing this week before face a two-week break?Here at talkSPORT.com we’ve taken a good look at the form and fixtures and believe we’ve got the best tips around, especially after Wolves star Jonny netted last week following our advice to snap him up. 11 11 11 Most Popular Premier League News 11 No goals in two games and just four all season make Lukaku and FPL flop right now. It’s also worth noting the Red Devils face four of the top six in their next ten games which will further hinder his point-scoring ability. Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? predicted gameday cracker Out: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) – £6.0m In: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £11.4m whoops As we approach another international week, it’s time for one last Fantasy Premier League session before things start to get really tricky.We’re seven games into the English top-flight season and now the Champions League and Carabao Cup are beginning to affect things on the FPL front. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update 11 Out: Roberto Pereyra (Watford) – £6.3m Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Unable to follow up his early FPL points hauls, the Argentine now has four consecutive two-point games under his belt so it’s time to drop him, although if you believe in the Hornets enough you may favour their upcoming matches. Gone are the days Aguero was the automatic first choice striker but he’s still firing the goals in and has two in his last two Premier League games. He’s worth having right now as other forwards falters. In: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – £8.3m latest last_img read more