The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR)has noted remarks made by Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo about former President David Granger exiting office with a $35.2M Lexus vehicle.
Jagdeo said this during a press conference which he held yesterday at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre.
The PNC said that Granger is entitled only to benefits and facilities which are in accordance with the “Former Presidents (Benefits and other Facilities) Act”. These include the provision of “…not more than two motor vehicles maintained by the state.”
The party said that these conditions are identical to those provided to former presidents Samuel Hinds, Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar.
The vehicle, the party said, remains part of a reserve fleet of state-owned motor cars.
The PNCR was quick to point out that the fleet’s vehicles were used for the ceremonial inauguration convoy of President Irfaan Ali and state and official visits of President Akufo-Addo of Ghana; Prime Ministers Ralph Gonzalves, Keith Mitchell, Mia Mottley, Keith Rowley, and Roosevelt Skerritt of the Caribbean Community and some members of the delegation accompanying Secretary of State Michael Pompey of the USA, among others.
“The vehicle to which Vice-President Jagdeo referred could have been assigned for Mr Granger’s use only by the Office of the President. It is the property of the Government of Guyana. It is not private property. It could be withdrawn at any time at the discretion and on the direction of the President and replaced with another in accordance with the Former Presidents (Benefits and other Facilities) Act,” the party concluded.