The Laptop Scandal In Guyana

Rickford Burke, President of the Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID)

The Laptop scandal which has engulfed the PPP government of Guyana has reinforced allegations of rampant and systemic corruption in the PPP government, and that the schemes and devices of this racketeering ruling elite are perpetrated with impunity in plain public view. The commission of criminal and unlawful acts with impunity has burgeoned into a culture of corruption that vitiates the rule of law in Guyana today. Amidst this public debauchery of fleecing of taxpayers and the Treasury, no PPP government official has ever been investigated, charged and prosecuted for corruption! There seems to be no sentinels at the exchequer; no enforcers of the law; no merchants of justice. This insidious culture has become so pervasive, that it has perverted our polity and institutions of government, and render indistinguishable our values system of right and wrong; propriety and impropriety.

It is against this backdrop, that the laptop scandal has emerged. Its genesis is in Minister Webster’s disclosure to the Parliament on February 1, 2011, that each Laptop, for the PPP’s “One Laptop Per Family Program” (OLPF) will cost G$295,000.00 – the equivalent of US$1.500.00. Webster said that the government would procure 27,000 laptops for distribution in 2011 and had budgeted 1.8 billion dollars – US 9 million dollars for the project in 2011 (a general election year). She forecasted that ultimately 90,000 computers would be purchased for distribution countrywide at a cost at approximately 5 billion dollars.

The following day Kaieteur Newspaper in a front page article captioned “Each cost $295,000 = US$1,500,” reported that “The cost for one of the laptops under OLPF Project would cost $295,000 even with the absence of any public bidding process thus far.” The ridiculous cost of US$1,500.00 per Laptop, infuriated the public and ignited a firestorm. On February 2, Minister Webster rushed back to Parliament with what she called a clarification. She told the Parliament “I now wish to clarify that the budget assumes a unit cost of US$295 per laptop and not $295,000 as previously stated inadvertently.”

On February 3, the Kaieteur Newspaper in another article captioned “Laptop Flip-Flop” reported that Minister Webster corrected her figures to “US$295, or about US$60,000” for each laptop. Government owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper on February 3, in an article titled “Consideration of estimates opens with questions on government spending,” quoted Webster as saying “some of the money would be coming from the Chinese Government.”

On February 3, Webster, attempting to quell growing criticism of the astronomical cost of the Laptop and the secrecy of the project, confounded the issue and stymied the nation by revealing at a press conference that the government is still to tender for the computers for the OLPF project – The Kaieteur Newspaper on February 4, in an article captioned “US$295 is an estimated cost – Minister Webster,” stated that “Webster said that the price quoted, US$295, is an estimate. The unit cost could be less. The government is still to decide on the specifications and it is this that is holding up the tender process.”

These are the facts on the public record, which were reported with commonality and consistency across the board in the media. At no time did Minister Webster or any other representative of the government impugn the veracity or accuracy of these facts. Consequently, they seem to be Minister Webster’s own words, and are indubitable.

I therefore put it to Minister Jennifer, that if the “tender process” has not yet commenced and bids have not yet been invited, submitted or awarded, as prescribed by law for projects of this nature, how did she or the government arrive at a “Unit cost of US$295.00? How did the government determine that it will procure 27,000 laptops in 2011 at a cost of US$9 million? How did they determine that 90,000 Laptops would be procured by the end of the project, costing over 4 billion dollars, if the “tender process” has not yet commenced? And, who authorized expenditures of significant sums of monies under this supposed project?

The Chronicle in an article titled “President launches Government’s laptop project,” published on January 22, 2011, reported that President Jagdeo launched this project on January 21, 2011. The article also reported that “During the opening, students of four pilot communities received a number of computers. These are Abrams Zuil Secondary School on the Essequibo Coast, the Volunteer Youth Corps of Durban Backlands, St. Francis Community Developers of Berbice and the Hinterland Scholarship Students of the Amerindian Hostel.”

The Procurement Act of 2003 Section 30 (1) mandates that “A procuring entity shall solicit tenders by causing an invitation to tender to be published in newspapers of wide circulation and posted in public places.” There has been no publication of an invitation to tender or a RFP. So again I put it to Minister Webster, in the absence of full compliance with the law, why was this project launched and the distribution of Laptops commenced?

If this OLPF program has not yet been subjected to the “tender process” why was President Jagdeo complicit with this material breach of the law? From whence did President Jagdeo “procure” the Laptops which he distributed at the launch? Who appointed Mr. Sesh Sukhdeo to the position Senior Project Manager of this project and approved expenditures prior to the tender process or even Parliament approving the requisite funds? What is Mr. Sukhdeo managing, if the Tender Board has not even awarded a contract for procurement of computers, as Minister Webster would have us believe?

I submit that Minister Webster’s hollow attestations about the cost being an estimate, strains credulity and insults the nation’s collective intelligence. Whether or not the “tender process” has commenced, the facts in evidence establish that implementation of the OLPF project has commenced and is current and may be unlawful. If the latter is true, then officials of the Government of Guyana have apparently committed multiple, criminal violations of the law, namely the “PROCUREMENT ACT 2003.”

Moreover, Minister Webster’s statements that (I) the cost of US$295.00 is an estimate and that the actual cost could be less, and (ii) a determination of the specifications is delaying the “tender process,” are farcical. Clearly the government knows the cost and specifications of the laptops it purchased for President Jagdeo to distribute at the launch. Minister Webster is trying, albeit clumsily, to cover up for the Jagdeo regime’s contempt for and violation of the law.

Her problem however, is that she is not being properly advised on the law nor is she coherent in her attempts to whitewash the actions of the government. She seems to have had an amnesic shock, and fails to realize that she has already provided a cost for an item to be procured even before, as she claims, the invitation, acceptance and award of a tender, and without contemplation of the fact that computers have already been procured and distributed. Suffice it to say that in spite of all this, she wants us to believe that specifications of the laptops to be acquired are yet to be determined. Hogwash!

Inherent in her comments about the stated cost being an estimate is an intimation that the government may be shopping around for a perfect deal. If this is so, this is also a violation of the law. The intent of some provisions of the Procurement Act is to eschew wheeling and dealing. Section 27 (4) of the Act states that: “Each supplier or contractor is permitted to give only one price quotation and is not permitted to change its quotation.” Furthermore, both Sections 27 and 41 expressly prohibit negotiations between the government and the supplier or the government and the bidder, as this could lead to corruption. The mandate of the tender board is to evaluate the bids based on the requirements of the invitation to tender, and award the contract to a qualified bidder with the lowest bid who is in compliance with the established standards and prerequisites of the tender.

The requirements set out in the law are clear. Minister Webster’s comments as well as the facts established in the public record, when juxtaposed with those requirements, reveal the government’s continued disregard for the rule of law. The government seems determined to squander the resources of the State in corrupt deals and to deceive the nation about corrupt enterprises. This became manifest when the office of the President deliberately lied about the cost and quantity of computers it has procured, and only corrected it’s mendacious deeds when Kaieteur news exposed it by publishing copies of the contract of sale. Confronted with the facts, it had no choice but to come clean. Yet there has been no accountability for this grave breach of the public trust.

This brings us back full circle to the insidious culture of corruption that shrouds the PPP government; its complicity with alleged serious criminals and/or unlawful acts, with impunity and its patent disregard for law. I reiterate, that amidst this public debauchery of fleecing, no one in the PPP government is being held to account. They act as though their are all above the law. Hence I question, are there no sentinels at the exchequer; no enforcers of the law or merchants of justice? I wait to see who will bell this cat. Would it be the Police Commissioner, the Auditor General or the DPP or all of the above?

Finally, Section 16 (1) of the Procurement Act invests the Minister of Finance with statutory jurisdiction of the National Tender Borad. This matter is consequently within purview of the office of Minister of Finance. Although Minister Webster is a Minister within the Ministry of Finance, she is not the Minister of Finance. Ashni Kumar Singh is. Minister Singh has a fiduciary duty under the law to account to the nation for his stewardship of the national Treasury. I therefore put the above questions to Minister Singh.

0 thoughts on “The Laptop Scandal In Guyana

  1. It is amazing what is happening in Guyana and unless one turns to social media or in some cases dive into the Guyana media Barbadians are clueless. How can we be preaching regional integration or some flavour of it and information flows remain restricted/filtered?

    On the issue of CSME and Caricom it is clear Jagdeo has reached out on a different path if we go on recent statements. He seems to be building relationships with non traditional countries using a unilateral foreign policy approach. In other words he has told Caricom to go to hell and this is a man who was Chairman of Caricom just now. Would like to read Rickey Singh on this matter.

    It is clear Caricom is dead and can have no influence on what is happening in Guyana.

  2. Brother Burke we in Barbados had to deal with the same forms of corruption under the Barbados Labour Party government. That is why we voted them out. Corruption at every turn. No wonder there was a close relationship between the corrupt Guyana government and the corrupt Barbados Labour Party government. Birds of a feather flock together.

    Whenever these governments are in office for a long time there is always rampant corruption.

    Now in Egypt the same thing. Mubarak’s personal fortune is estimated to be between $40 – $70 billion US dollars, he is richer than Bill Gates even though he never made it to the Forbes list of richest people.

    Not bad for thirty years work do you think?

  3. Carson C Cadogan;
    If you keep your ears close to the ground you will realise that in 3 years, a number of members of the current administration have outdone the BLP in its 14 years, in terms of the quantum and extent of corruption here.


    I know that you are one of the Bajan people Grantley Adams refered to as having short memories.

    So I will forgive you.

    • Politics seems to have become so tribal in Barbados. Be warned the same thing which is happening in Guyana can happen in Barbados if we are to judge from current discussions.

  5. How you account for one minister who lived home at his mother all his life and now owns two homes. Does a bank give a sinlge person two mortgages in three years?

    Or another who has built a block of apartments to which the government built/paved a road which stopped at the said apartments? How much money does a MP earn to be able to afford so many buildings?

    Or another who uses the government to enrich himself by running the said poor people summer camps?

    It is barely three years so we can know and remember what is going on!

  6. @ Carson C. Cadogan …….See why there is a need for integrity legislation ? Perhaps Bajans may have to do as the Egyptians did to force this or any other government to pass it. We saw where $295.000 changed from US currency to that of the land . Does that remind you of anything Carson ? Exterminators tell us that since rats are basically nocturnal creatures , any day-time sightings speak to their proliferation . This might explain why we never needed to keep neither ears nor eyes close to the ground while King Arthur ruled his Kingdom.

  7. @anthony

    You must know that to declare assets without the legislation/ framework makes a mockery of the action.

    Also why have the others not followed? It is all a joke.

  8. David we don’t always need rules to tell what right or wrong. Heck you don’t even need make it proper legislation. Just add it to the standing orders.

    • @anthony

      Let us agree to disagree, we have for too long become casual with how we manage integrity issues when dealing with finances in both public and private sectors.

      Do you know how many working committees we have in our parliament which simply go through the motions and are not effective?

      No, we need some legislation which will start to see some people going to Dodds.

  9. Indeed david. But i was suggesting a quick fix for the solution which would be adding it to the standing orders. In the end we will need proper legislation but it not being push thru as fast as anyone one would like. Indeed it looks to be stalled at the current moment.

  10. “integrity legislation”

    integrity legislation? I know that some of these crooks want locking up using existing laws.

    • @anthony

      Many feel it will be economic issues which will determine the next general election but this is a matter which will surface if it remains outstanding. It will certainly be high on BU’s agenda come next election.

      One only has to look at Guyana’s political situation to appreciate the importance of integrity and freedom of information legislation.

  11. @david

    the economic issue is what will fuel the mass population vote other that the die hard party loyalist. While issue like this will be on the agenda of thing not done that they said they would do. It will be just foot note to economic issue. Things that could be done no matter the economy. It will be on our agenda but our agenda differs from the mass voter one.

    As a side note. Pep as it stands now isn’t going to be valid third party at all.

  12. From over at Barbados Free Press:-

    “From Kaieteurnewsonline

    “The most requests for information under FOI legislation come from media houses.
    But if all the countries with FOIAs are evaluated, it will be demonstrated that FOI legislation has not caused any dramatic increase in the availability of previously unavailable information.
    The reason is simple. FOI Acts are a smokescreen. They also give the appearance of openness and transparency but in the final analysis there are thousands of ways in which access to information can be denied under FOI Acts.
    So having an FOIA in place is not necessarily a good thing, because the very legislation that will create opportunities for public disclosure, can prevent public officials, who would normally freely provide such information, from doing do so. FOI legislation can include provisions to control the release of information, and any unauthorized release can find persons facing sanctions.”

    BFP try not to hang your hat on a Freedom of information act.”

  13. @anthony

    Economic issues may only be a negative factor for government to the extent there a public perception that the government could have done better.

  14. They also give the appearance of openness and transparency but in the final analysis there are thousands of ways in which access to information can be denied under FOI Acts

    While there thousands of way there must quote the act and say which measure doesn’t allow its distributions. As such call a building contract for office block a nation security issue will arouse many suspicion as to why is it a nation secret. Thereby pressuring any government which would seek to use if hap handily use FOI to protect document that have no right protection.

  15. @david

    Public perception will always be based on did the government improve the quality of my life vs what the government did the decline the quality of my life. There is very little the general public cares about other than that.

  16. @ david

    But quality of living can broad structure. It doesn’t just mean money. It can also mean purchasing power parity. As such in the last 2-3 year of blp rule inflation was rampant. The blp did little to control it as such. While everyone salary did increase it didn’t match up to inflation so there was a loss of purchasing power parity.


    Laptop Plunder
    February 11, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under Editorial

    “Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!” We doubt that even Sir Walter Scott could have conceived the tangle our government lackeys not only wove, but actually got themselves into, when they unfurled their One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) programme. But we in Guyana know the nature of the beast we are dealing with. There is not a programme that this government conceives of, much less implements, without first figuring out how much one or another of its cronies could bilk from the national treasury. Deception is therefore not second nature to this administration and its underlings, but forms the very essence of their beings. Think of a government programme, any programme, and you will quickly apprehend the gist of this truth. The Hope Canal? Against the advice of every engineer in sight (and some out of sight) the government has been warned that the billions the government will sink into the project will literally be sunk. But the government, like the captain of the Titanic, is plunging doggedly ahead. Why? We are stating here and now that as we dig into the spending, as the government continues to dig the canal, we will discover that some favoured cohort is being enriched. Remember the Amaila Falls hydro project? Every road and bridge built? Every canal dug? You get the point. But back to the OLPF – which properly is OLPPF, One Laptop Per Poor Family, since the President pointed out that the 90,000 laptops will only suffice for half the families in Guyana, it would be best if the poor ones are empowered. (Does this mean that our poverty rate is therefore 50%?) In theory, the goals of the US$30 million programme seemed eminently worthwhile. By flooding our country with the tools of ICT4D (Information and Communication Technologies for Development) – computers, internet connectivity, software, training etc. we might be able to leapfrog into the 21st century. From donkey carts to space ships, so to speak. But from the moment the programme was announced by the President at the launching of GT&T’s fibre optic cable last July, bells went off. GT&T had assured all and sundry that they would have been able to handle the connectivity for the 90,000 laptops with their new cable, so the President was forced to explain why he had committed another US$30 million for the government’s cable from Brazil. Redundancy, he announced grandly, is good. He alluded to the Bahamas – as if the two situations were analogous – where although there are 20,000 rooms and 45% occupancy rates, a decision has been taken to build yet another hotel. We shall see who will distribute the services of the government’s “redundant” fibre optic cable. Another foot dropped a few months later when the son of a government insider announced his company had teamed up with Huawei of China to provide the WiMax network to Guyana. The President then announced that the government “at a cost of US$35M” would contract Huawei towards, “deploying the WiMax systems in all the towns in Guyana.” The OLPF programme could be connected also through WiMax. Was the governmental contract the sweetener for Huawei’s involvement with the small, but connected, private company? So our investigations that revealed the government is up to some hanky-panky in the purchase of the Lenovo computers is not surprising to us. We expected it. It is part of the modus operandi of the government. And the stonewalling, evasiveness and outright lying by some government operatives is also of no surprise. Such behaviour is mandatory for the course their bosses have chosen. Guyanese aren’t idiots. Why lie about purchasing laptops? – Whether 5 or 20. Laptops were on display at the launch of the programme last month. Laptops were distributed as part of the OLPF programme to Abrams Zuil Secondary School on the Essequibo Coast, the Volunteer Youth Corps of Durban Backlands, St. Francis Community Developers of Berbice and the Hinterland Scholarship Students of the Amerindian Hostel. How come the government can’t reveal their unit costs?

    • As we follow the laptop controversy in Guyana one is left to wonder if our media had vigorously pursued the behind the scenes issues of EDUCTEC what would have been the outcome. What if we had FOI?

  18. David;
    Grateful if you would elucidate the “behind the scenes” issues of EDUTEC. Sounds as if they should be interesting.

    • Submitted on 2011/02/12 at 4:40 PM

      Grateful if you would elucidate the “behind the scenes” issues of EDUTEC. Sounds as if they should be interesting.

      It is well known that contracts were given to all and sundry to supply equipment and services without the need the tender. People who got the contracts were given not based on pre-qualifying criteria but on friendships and party loyalty etc. Enormous tax-dollars were wasted because of bad equipment procured and bad workmanship.

  19. @ Apollo 13 …….Again Integrity Legislation is the only answer . Johnny Ma Boy ( John King ) sang “I Want A Plantation”. Check the second to last verse . Can you say Vic Johnson ? Short memories ? Convenient seems to be a better choice.

  20. David;

    I agree totally with you that FOIA and other Integrity Legislation should be enacted asap in Barbados. I think that such legislation would tend to reduce the incidence, if not necessarily the severity, of the various infelicities that we often hear whispered about as being practiced by all administrations in Barbados.

    Corruption by and through and for politicians is not new to Barbados even though some on this blog would like to believe and try to convince everyone that corruption started in the Owen Arthur’s administration. Not true.

    There have been cheques produced by members of both administration going back through decades. The various cheques were presented in ways that overwhelmingly suggested that there had been serious malfeance by the persons who received the monies. These cheques and the theatrical effect of their presentation to the public were no small part of the rationale for the parties they represented being removed from office soon afterwards (I wonder if Mia or Owen have some damning CLICO cheques or other documents keeping to bring out for the next General election?) . But in all cases there was no follow up when the new party took up office. Nobody was prosecuted. Nobody got a Jail sentence. There was even a long standing Commission of Enquiry into supposed wrongdoings at the St Joseph Hospital. But again the result was no definite identification of culprits.

    The culture appears to be that Politicians watch each other’s backs despite what they might say on Political platforms.

    But is it only in Barbados that corruption seems to be an inherent vice of most Politicians? Doesn’t typical caribbean news, like the latest item being discussed here, suggest that corruption is rife in practically every caribbean country? But going even further afield, does anyone think that Mubarak made his multibillion dollar fortune from his official salary, grand though that must have been? Anyone following the USA news on MSNBC or FOX knows of the numerous instances of proven corruption by Senators and Congressmen alike but which does not appear to be a deterrent to the others waiting in line to line their pockets. But in the USA Justice is not a respecter of persons. Look how they treated Sandford.

    Practically all these countries have FOIA legislation but it has done only a little to reduce the incidence of corruption. True, with modern technology the perpetrators are unmasked eventually, usually after doing a lot of damage, but that does not seem to act as a deterrent to new politicians getting into the act.

    I think that STRONG FOIA and Integrity legislation is necessary in Barbados to reduce the incidence of corruption by powerful people. But we also have to build up a tradition of swift, harsh and uneering punishment for perpetrators no matter who they are. The USA is quite good at this. One of the problems we have in Barbados is that the small size of the island, our culture, and the interrelationships between the power elites, would tend to make it somewhat difficult to ensure that even handed justice is carried out. In this regard, it might be a good thing if Marston Gibson is confirmed as CJ, the controversy around his appointment dies down and he can withstand the push back by the entrenched legal fraternity. His experience in the US would be invaluable in building a new paradigm where Justice could eventually become as even handed as is possible in Barbados.

    The other possibility is that somehow we develop a political system that attracts persons of strong moral character, especially in the Senate, and encourage the senators to bring out and highlight matters related to the question we are discussing; also that the rules of the house be modified to ensure that a situation like the alleged gun incident involving Estwick and Marshall is quickly adjudicated; and that the Public Accounts Committee is empowered to do the work that it was ostensibly set up to do.

    Sounds like Utopian dreams. Doesn’t it?

  21. OK David, so tax-dollars were wasted because of bad equipment procured and bad workmanship but I hope the schools were eventually equipped with computers and all have internet access that benefit the students.

  22. The so called EDUTEC was one of the biggest scams of the Barbados Labour Party administration.

    So many tax payers dollars found their way into the pockets of BLP politicians and their cronies that it is unbelieveable. Millions of dollars wasted on school civil works, purchases of Hardware and software solutions. What do we have to show for it? Nothing at all. What did the media have to say about it? Not a word!

    I am sure that everyone can remember the purchase of thousands of obsolete laptop computers(sounds familiar) and given to school children almost as soon as they were issued, they were recalled as they were almost useless. Not a word from the Barbados media. Those computer were purchased from a particular firm with close Barbados Labour Party links.

    As soon as EDUTEC started to fall apart, the large majority of the companies doing the civil works, providing the hardware and software solutions disappeared from the Barbadian business landscape never to be seen again.

    That was life under the Barbados Labour Party administration, no type of accountability at all. EDUTEC was just one project. That is just an example of the grand party the Barbados Labour Party had while in office. Quite an office party.

    Now they are saying that they are here to rescue Barbados, don’t make me laugh.

  23. computers are part an parcel of the war machine of jews here in Britain, they use them to gather information on people because jews monitor its use all over the world thats why the russians and chinese have all but sensored certain sites they know jews use to infleunce people with their propoganda!
    Its the same way they use their stores in your country, bring in their produce (GM-genetically modified) no taste, no flavour and definately no nutrition to undercut home grown produce until everyone is dependant on them!
    You also have to look out for the sellout politicians they put in your parties always towing a party line that everybody knows doesn’t work and hasn’t to this day but they still want to continue with economic policies that aren”t even working in britian or america at the moment because its corrupt.
    They also put economic hitman and women in your country who break down companies that were formly doing well. they also put these people in schools and churches who always pry on your peoples charitiable nature by always asking for money for projects that never materialise!!
    We as a people have to start spying on these people who say they are in charge and find out who they talk to because in britain they spy on people down phone lines…..

    • It is not public knowledge that most of the equipment purchased under EDUTEC e.g. computers, furniture etc have been dumped by many schools or stored in a backroom some where.

  24. Carson C Cadogan

    Thanks for the info on Edutec.

    I didn’t know of that side of Edutec. I knew when it started and of its promise to get the majority of Barbadian Children up to scratch quickly in terms of computer awareness and practice and prepare us for competition in that very important area in the 21st century. It was the first innovative project of its type for the Caribbean and perhaps even further afield. I’m not certain, but in regard to its objectives it seems to have been successful. The typical Barbadian schoolchild is indeed, second to none in the caribbean in terms of Computer awareness and facility with Computers.

    The booball aspect is new to me. It is quite possible that what you say of its implementation is true, but, as I’ve said before, practically all politicians tend towards corruption and there are always vultures out there with enticements and blandishments and a few public servants who get fully involved in the corruption game.

    But, this DLP Government was in power for three years now. Don’t you think it strange that they haven’t assembled a case to bring the perpetrators to justice? Surely with the details that would have informed your believable post above there must have existed a paper trail in the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance that would have been adequate to at least bring a trial? The DLP should have had access to the records for 3 years now.

    FOIA and integrity legislation is necessary to really look objectively at imputations of this sort and to let the people know what might actually have been the case. Were the BLP people conducting a massive corruption game with Edutec or were the DLP lying about the details they threw out to the public or were the facts somewhat in between these extremes?

  25. checkit-out

    “But, this DLP Government was in power for three years now. Don’t you think it strange that they haven’t assembled a case to bring the perpetrators to justice?”

    Don’t remind me it is too painful.

    A major failing of the Democratic Labour Party.

  26. Ideally david what the useful life of computer ? Somewhere between 3-5 years normally after that they need to be updated.

    • @anthony

      The issue is not so much about shelf life of computer equipment but the need to have a legislative framework which would allow the public to peer into the decision-making of government. As it stands nobody in government is obligated to explain why certain decisions were made as it affects EDUTEC; and this is not about B or D.

  27. jack spratt

    “Perhaps they do not really have any evidence. Just an election gimmick”

    Really now!
    Years before the last general elections, I knew about the squandermania in EDUTEC I have friends who worked in some of the companies.

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  29. but david i not arguing that there isn’t a need for frame work afterall i made argument for FOI. I just saying that that dumping of computer are going to have to happen since edutech started. Furniture should have life of over 10 year. it should still be in use and not dumped.

  30. Just as the arch Dem’s claim here about Edutec being like a pot of gold so is the constituency councils, the summer camps, NHC and a certain PM and Clico.

    All the talk about corruption was an election gemmick to win votes hence the promise that “the DLP has selected a team of clean, caring, competent and committed politicians who have signed on to a code of conduct that promises good governance”. What FOI what. All the DLP MPs cussed Thompson so bad declaring never to disclose their assets that’s why it never came to pass.
    Give me a break, dems, bring proof or shut up. You had three years to delve into every file and contract on record. There are paper trails in every department of government. Most of those files are so thick, there has to be records. If there was proof of any corruption, it would have been let go in one of the Estimates or Budget debates under the guise of parliamentary priviledge.

  31. God help us all the day that William Dugid is seen here or anywhere else for that matter, as a Prophet. However his bold prediction that there will never be an FOIA nor never will integrity legislation be passed, cannot be miscounted. There is absolutely no doubt that if this government were interested in bringing charges of corruption they would have done so already, and could find any number of places to start. Not for one minute do I buy the lame excuse that it was all an election gimmick. The sixty five thousand dollar question posed to Minister Lynch has found its way into the mouths of our neighbours in St.Kitts. To their credit they have demanded answers . Surely there are many paper trails that lead to and from “middle men”, the most notable one being HN. Long before the media here would touch the story I knew of the exploits of Jonathan Danos from reading the Jamaica Observer . This thief that KING ARTHUR hired admitted that he took kickbacks ,artificially split up into small increments to by-pass the british anti-bribery laws. He did it in Panama , he did it in Jamaica , he did it in the Dominican Republic ,yet he and his new company were green lighted by the best brains Bim ever had. How come ? There has to be an unspoken motto we have not yet discovered. Whether D or B in our Parliament PERSONAL PROFIT PRECEDE PRINCIPLE . Must we as a people beat the streets in demand of what has for a long time been a necessity ? Perhaps.

  32. once you start out with the full understanding that the Guyana govt is criminal nothing they do will surprise you. our belief at propaganda press is that they must go, by any and all means necessary
    latest from laptop project is presidentis
    al spokesperson and known rapist of little boys is recruiting little boys for what? what else sex. give dem a lil small wuk and take advantage of dem…that’s Guyana people. we’re dealing with cold, calculated criminal
    but when the pendulum swing it does come back

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