Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Nigel Dharamlall has responded to allegations made by the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R) today that the administration illegally demolished its Region 9 Office. Ministry Dharamlall did not deny the government’s involvement but categorically stated that it was the PNCR that refused to adhere to several eviction notices.
Minister Dharamlall said, “…I have been advised that numerous efforts and notices were sent to PNC officials in Region 9 to vacate a government building which they occupied for political purposes and they have refused to do so.”
He noted in a statement that the notices were given to the party, as the government has plans to have a health facility built there to “serve the people of Lethem and Region 9”. He noted that continued illegal occupation of the building had stalled the construction of the facility.
The minister noted that the Regional Executive Officer of Region 9 notified him that all materials removed are secured and stored at the Regional Democratic Council.
PNC/R at a press conference this morning, lashed out at the current administration for its alleged involvement in the dismantling of its regional office in Region 9. The building, according to the party, was vandalized in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
Opposition Parliamentarian, Amanza Walton-Desir revealed that a number of notices were in fact sent to the party’s regional office for them to vacate the premises. Walton-Desir expressed however that the correct eviction procedure was not followed.
She told the press that in addition to the “blatant disregard for the law” there was also no adherence to the legal process of issuing notices of eviction.
Guyana Standard also understands that vital records, supplies and even equipment belonging to the party were stolen. The Parliamentarian expressed disdain about the disappearance documents, and the possible looting of other items.
Opposition officials said court action is being considered for what they deem to be an act of state-terrorism.
The PNCR has always been above the law.