Parliamentary records tampered with
Alliance For Change (AFC) Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan is charging that the Parliamentary Hansard has been tampered with.
Ramjattan was referring to the session that relates to the controversial $4 billion allocation which was allotted to the Housing Ministry. The process was being questioned by the AFC Chairman. Ramjattan said that the answer which was given by Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali to a question asked by Alliance For Change Co-Vice Chairperson Sheila Holder during the January 11 sitting of the House, was not accurate.
Ramjattan was at the time referring to Financial Paper #6 which was tabled in the House earlier this year and involved billions of dollars which Ramjattan is charging was not spent for the housing sector, according to the laws of Guyana.
According to Ramjattan, he was reliably informed that the Hansard – which is the verbatim record of the National Assembly – has been tampered with, and he has therefore requested that the Speaker of the House launch an investigation into the alleged tampering.
“What I feared will happen with the Hansard when it was not forthcoming in the usual seven to 10 days has actually happened now that it has taken some 40 days for compilation,” Ramjattan said.
He added that it was queried in the House from the Housing Minister whether the money was already spent and he answered in the negative, but the expenditure for 2010 clearly states that the money has already been spent and as such, the Housing Minister was in breach of the laws of Guyana.
Ramjattan recently told this newspaper that what is now recorded in the Hansard and attributed to the Housing Minister is “we are ready.” This he stessed should have read, “We have spent it already.”
Ramjattan told this newspaper that he intended to use the Hansard of the National Assembly to file accurate statements against the duo with the Director of Public Prosecutions.