Order signed before Parliament dissolved
(Georgetown, January 14, 2020) – The Ministry of Finance’s attention has been drawn to a report in the online media outfit Citizens Report, which claims that the President awarded himself a salary increase. This is patently false and the purveyor of this lie knows it to be so.
Had there been an increase in the President’s salary, there would have been a corresponding increase in the pensions received by the three ex-Presidents – Bharat Jagdeo, Samuel Hinds and Donald Ramotar. If Citizen’s Report was not so bent on causing public mischief, a quick check of the pensions of any of the three ex-Presidents would have shown that they have remained the same since 2015.
The Ministry wishes to remind readers that it is Mr. Jagdeo who caused the law governing Presidential pensions to be changed to 7/8 of the salary of the current President, instead of 7/8 of the salary of the President at the time he demits office.
It is unfortunate, as we enter the elections season, that the issue of a well-deserved increase in wages and salaries for public servants, who, under the PPP/C administration, were financially impoverished and subjected to poor working conditions, should be twisted into a blatantly false claim.
It is worth recapping that this latest increase in the minimum wage represents an overall increase of 77 per cent since the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) coalition took office in 2015. This is a tangible demonstration of the government’s commitment to building a Good Life For All Guyanese, as we enter the Decade of Development.
It is also unfortunate that attempts were made to impugn the Constitutional Order, which was signed by Minister of Finance Winston Jordan, on December 2 2019, well within the life of the Parliament, which was dissolved on December 29, 2019.
The Ministry wishes to exhort the reporters of Citizens Report to become more acquainted with the tenets of good reporting, rather than pander to their handlers and do a disservice to their readers.