SARA Deputy corrects erroneous news article

– Director and Deputy have a monthly earning of $1,080, 000 and $780,000, respectively

– ‘Beacon of truth’ chided for not accurately reading charts presented during the Consideration of the Budget 2019 Estimates

– accurate figures were presented in the Committee of Supply of the National Assembly on Monday, Dec. 10

DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Deputy Director of the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), Aubrey Retmyer has dispelled as “nonsense” a Guyana Times article published today headlined ‘SARA Director takes home $4.7M, assistant $3.3M monthly’.

The article alleges that the Director and Deputy Director of the agency receive monthly salaries of $4.7M and $3.3M, respectively.

“Senior ministers do not make $4M per month, I couldn’t see how someone could think that the Director of SARA and his assistant could be making $4M and $3M respectively,” he reasoned.

Retmyer clarified that Director, Dr. Clive Thomas’ monthly salary with allowances totals $1,080,000. He further clarified his salary as Deputy Director is $780,000 per month with allowances.

The Deputy chided the Guyana Times Newspapers for publishing the article without accurately reading the charts presented in the Committee of Supply of the National Assembly yesterday during the Consideration of the Budget 2019 Estimates of expenditure falling under the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

He explained that the figures quoted in the news article is reflective of the emoluments when gratuity, vacation and other allowances are included and not the monthly salary as the article falsely claims.

Retmyer questioned if the information was purposely misread given the stark difference between what is paid as compared to those in the article.

Stacy Carmichael

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