The ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has been too busy with Guyana’s development to go after former government ministers and officials accused of corruption, the party’s General Secretary and country’s Vice-President (VP), Bharrat Jagdeo said today.

He issued an apology for this as well. This comes on the heels of over five years of promises he and his party made while in opposition during David Granger’s 2015 to 2020 presidency. Jagdeo, who held weekly press conferences, was perhaps the most vocal at that time; promising a reckoning when the PPP/C returns to power. However, more than two years later, there is still clamour from its constituents to up pressure on those former officials embroiled in illegal land sales, and other forms of malfeasance.

Jagdeo admitted, and later apologised for his government being “delinquent” in fulfilling that promise, but noted that the PPP/C remains committed to ensuring justice is served.

The VP said, “We’ve been so busy trying not to get bogged down only on running after them, although we know they did some egregious wrong to the country and a whole spate of corrupt, very selfish policies were instituted by the leadership of APNU. We have focused more on getting things happening: the big projects, initiatives going and stuff. We have been delinquent in going after those persons.”

Jagdeo added that because the government has placed going after these officials on the back burner, it has emboldened opposition members to be vocal in levelling accusations against the government.


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