This morning, the Director of Public Prosecutions has dropped charges against Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence and former Minister of Public Health, Dr. George Norton. The DPP’s Chambers explains that,
“These charges concern a grave issue under the criminal law in relation to two serving Ministers. In the interest of good governance in the State of Guyana such allegations ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought,”
Lawrence was charged in connection with her alleged instructions to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation to purchase more than GY$600 million worth of drugs from Ansa McAl without first going through the procurement process.
Norton is charged with the rental of a building at Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown for GY$14 million for use as a pharmaceutical bond outside of the public procurement process.