‘It’s a rumor that we rescinded contracts, we are not firing part-time workers’ – Jagdeo


General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) and Vice President of Guyana, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday sought to assure citizens in the aftermath of Monday’s Local Government Elections that government services will not be cut off from persons who are presumed to have voted for the Opposition APNU coalition.

Opposition Leader, Aubrey Norton claimed at a press conference earlier that the governing party rescinded contracts a day after the elections and that there were plans to discontinue grants for small businesses.

“They said we are rescinding contracts for people and we will fire all part-time workers.

“We never asked part-time workers to vote for us like they have done.

“It’s a rumor that we have rescinded any contract. We are not firing any part-time workers. The business grant that we had, we will continue,” Jagdeo said at a press conference held at Freedom House, the party’s Robb Street, Georgetown Headquarters.

“So please don’t listen to the rumors spread by these desperate people,” Jagdeo added.

He said the PPP/C, as central government, will ensure the incoming APNU councilors, in areas like Linden, do not take back contracts currently being executed by persons presumed to be PPP/C supporters.

“What we will ensure is that Deron Adams and Sharma Solomon and the others don’t get their hands on these people’s contracts so that they can convert them into their own use.

“It will not happen and we will not allow them to bully and intimidate the voters,” Jagdeo added.

Jagdeo was previously forced to respond to other rumors in the run-up to the elections. He clarified on June 08 that there will be no increases in property taxes under a PPP/C-controlled council in the capital, Georgetown, and the nine other townships.

Jagdeo said he was responding to misinformation being peddled by the opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) in an effort to excite fear among voters.

Jagdeo persisted in calling out the APNU on their lies in the lead-up to the June 12 elections and also poured cold water on claims that the PPP/C was replacing old public infrastructure with new ones to increase property values and then siphoning off properties in “ghetto areas” to private people.

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