AG concerned about putting 40 SARA staff on breadline
-‘political fat cats’ to be relieved of contracts
Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Hon. Mohabir Anil Nandlall, during a virtual press conference today, said that while the Government will dismantle the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), the lives and economic well-being of lower-staff members are being considered.
The Agency, which falls under the Ministry of Legal Affairs, was established under the former APNU+AFC government and headed by economist, Dr. Clive Thomas, to recover state assets in 2017.
Since then, millions were spent with no substantial work accomplished, and their agenda fixated on attacking People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) members.
“It [SARA] has not done anything. As far as I am aware, it has filed a series of cases against PPP leaders, that’s all it has done in office, in relation to the infamous Prado Scheme, as they call it,” AG Nandlall stated.
The Attorney General, also pointed out that the badly instituted charges filed by the agency resulted in some cases being dismissed after charges were filed under the wrong name. He indicated that this “technical deficiency” is also likely to result in the dismissal of other cases.
Moreover, the Attorney General said that the Government currently has no issue discarding of the “political fat cats” at the top, some of who earn $1Million each, per month. However, the PPP/C is very concerned about putting secondary staff members on the breadline.
“Our concerns are the lower staff, there are about 4o staff in SARA and if we shut the Agency down, you’re putting 40 persons out of work, and that’s our concern right now. But those at the top we have no difficulty in disposing them of their contract.”
On Friday last, Vice President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, Hon. Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, had announced that SARA would be facing a shutdown. The mantle was passed to the Attorney General, whom the Vice-President said, would guide as to what would be the next step.