Georgetown, Guyana – The people of Guyana often only read headlines and do not have the time to determine whether politicians lie to them routinely. Recently, the People’s Progressive Party Civic raised in parliament that the coalition was spending excessively on travel. The evidence offered seemed reasonable, until the facts belatedly surfaced.
Revelation by Minister of Finance Winston Jordan: PPPC spent over $1.1BILLION on overseas travel from 2012 to 2014.
Actual amount: $1,108,123,000.
WHAT PPP SPENT ON OVERSEAS TRAVEL
2012 – $343,431,000
2013 – $412,071,000
2014 – $352,621,000
In the three years of the Coalition Government, spent some $300 MILLION LESS was spent on overseas travel. And note that this was a time when we were facing heightened aggression from Venezuela and overseas visits became necessary as a result to represent Guyana’s interest at the UN etc.
WHAT COALITION SPENT ON OVERSEAS TRAVEL
2015 – $263,567,000
2016 – $232,726,000
2017 – $294,305,000
This represents a reduction of $317,525,000 in the three years of Coalition Government over the last three years of the PPP Government.”
It is alarming that politicians continue to lie to the citizens of Guyana. This alarming trend seems to be a strategy to replicate Donald Trump’s success in the USA. We are better than this Guyana! Let’s insist that politicians do better.