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Guyana could slip further on transparency index

- After 2017-2020 audit reports assessed, investigation into former gov’t officials – Jagdeo

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo during a news conference on Thursday, said as the Public Accounts Committee starts to assess the audit reports from 2017 to 2020, the country’ score on the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) report can slip further.

Vice President Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo.

Guyana went down by two points, with a score of 87 out of 180 countries in the latest Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) report.

Jagdeo explained that these organisations assess countries as a whole and not by political parties. This includes the judiciary and also the attempt to steal our ‘freedom’, the Vice President noted.

“My fear is that a lot of these things, because things happen with a lag, the fact that we charge the Minister of Finance for selling a property that is worth maybe 6B for $20M, don’t you think that impacts the assessed countries?”

the Vice President posited.

He said while the PPP/C are being accused of being corrupt, they have evidence to show the APNU/AFC were corrupt during their five years in office.

"They involved violations, serious violations that you wouldn’t even find in the PPP era, any PPP era. A Minister taking an unsolicited bid to the cabinet and getting a cabinet approval and then spending a $100M on the basis of that approval, which was illegally obtained because the laws of Guyana say that a cabinet cannot approve contracts, it only has a no objection role."

Jagdeo pointed out.

The Vice President also reminded of the ongoing investigations into various illegal transactions.

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