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PPP Files Three Criminal Charges Against Three Ministers

Today, three government ministers were charged with misconduct in public office in connection with the alleged misuse of public funds and donations for the construction of D’urban/Jubilee Park in 2016. PPP Parliamentarian, Juan Edghill filed the private criminal charges based on evidence he claims to have in his possession. Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, and former Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine are summoned to appear in court on April 30, 2018. Edghill accused Jordan and Patterson of having “willfully misconducted themselves in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification, when they paid or authorised to be paid” GY$906 million being public funds to Homestretch Development Incorporated and contractors engaged by Homestretch Development Incorporated for an on behalf of the Guyana government for works purportedly done to and at a D’urban Park “without any form of procurement process as prescribed by law.”

In the joint charge, they were alleged to have committed the offence between December 14, 2016 and March 31, 2017. As then Minister of Education, Dr. Roopnaraine is accused of having “willfully misconducted himself in a way which amounted to an abuse of public trust without reasonable excuse or justification, by acting as a Director of the Homestretch Development Incorporated when that company received from the Ministry of Finance, GY$906 million “being public funds, for works purportedly done to D’urban Park “without any form of procurement process as prescribed by law. He is alleged to have committed that offence between December 14, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

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