Jordan, Edghill clash over $200M ‘malicious prosecution’ lawsuit

first_imgFinance Minister Winston Jordan and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill have clashed over the $200 million lawsuit that Jordan has filed for the “Malicious Prosecution of the Offence of Misconduct in Public Office,” and for other damages.Edghill, in responding to a request for comment in regard to the recent lawsuit filed against him by Winston Jordan, has maintained that the $200 million lawsuit does not have any bearing, and he will not be intimidated, nor is he fearful of the action.“It is clear that the Government is running out of headlines and they badly needed a distraction over the weekend; so Edghill became the target,” he told media operatives at the sidelines of Monday’s sitting at the National Assembly. Edghill also said he is yet to be served with the lawsuit.The Opposition MP has argued that he cannot be sued for malicious persecution on the basis of filing a private criminal charge against Jordan.Minister Jordan has responded to Edghill’s comments by stating that the courts would decide whether or not the case is just about grabbing newspaper headlines.“I don’t make joke with my integrity at all! So he (Edghill) could spin how much he wants now, he will have to spin in court eventually,” Jordan added.Responding to Edghill’s statements that there is no basis for the lawsuit, Minister Jordan said a determination will be made by the court in that respect. He said, “It’s for the court to decide…This is not a matter for the court of public opinion, but (for) a judicial court.”On April 23, Edghill initiated private criminal charges against Minister Jordan and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson jointly, as well as against Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, alleging a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has been a contentious issue for some time now.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment; while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for having received, in his capacity as director, the $906 million in public funds while serving as minister.However, those charges were subsequently discontinued by the DDP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, who said that in the interest of good governance, such allegations against serving ministers ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought.Despite the charges being dismissed, Jordan, in his application to the court, said the private criminal charge filed by the Opposition Parliamentarian was intended to embarrass, humiliate, and cause him to suffer public odium and contempt.The Finance Minister explained in his application that the $906 million was approved by the National Assembly, and thereafter made available to the Public Infrastructure Ministry from the Consolidated Fund.He noted that, as a Member of Parliament, Edghill could not honestly believe that he acted without reasonable excuse or justification in respect of issuing a warrant to effect disbursements and allocation of the money to the Public Infrastructure Ministry.“…the respondent was therefore aware, or ought to have been reasonably aware, that the sum of $906,000,000… was approved by the National Assembly“And as Minister of Finance, I was obligated by law to issue the necessary warrant to ensure that the said approved sum of money was available to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure; and, as such, there could be no honest belief that I willfully misconducted myself, as alleged by the respondent,” Jordan argued.Jordan pointed out that as Finance Minister he did not, and could not, have paid or authorise the payment of the $906 million to Homestretch Development Inc., as alleged by Opposition Parliamentarian.“…notwithstanding that the Respondent was… a former Minister of Finance within the Ministry of Finance…even an ordinary prudent and cautious citizen placed as a Complainant in the said Criminal Proceedings of Misconduct in Public Office against me could not have reasonably concluded that I was guilty of the offence, or even draw an inference that I was guilty of the offence of Misconduct in Public Office as alleged…,” Jordan stated.Those private charges that Edghill had initiated were the second set of charges filed by the Opposition, they were thrown out by the DPP, citing the same reasons.Two days before dismissing the charges against Ministers Jordan and Patterson, the DPP had also discontinued charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and George Norton.Those charges were previously filed over the sole-sourcing of over $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be utilised as a drug bond at a cost of $12M monthly respectively.last_img read more

RUGBY: LETTERKENNY BLOW AWAY STRABANE ON A WINDY DAY!

first_imgLetterkenny brushed aside Strabane.Letterkenny 26 Strabane 0Saturday 28th November 2015Letterkenny welcomed their nearest neighbours Strabane to a wet and windswept Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday afternoon.Stand in captain Michael Foy elected to play against the elements in the first half and Letterkenny defended well in the opening period and kicked intelligently to bring play into the Strabane half. Strong carries in the forwards, particularly by Chris Digimas and Conor Dunleavy took play close to the try line. Sean Deery took an excellent line off scrum half Conall Sheridan to crash over for the opening try converted by Ryan Mortimer.Letterkenny kept the visiting defence busy with strong runs from John Anthony McFadden and James-Lee McLaughlin. Strabane attempted to kick for position but Letterkennys back three of Evin Walsh, Stephen Devine and Colm McNicholl dealt with the threats with confidence and ran back the kicks with interest.Midway through the first half Strabane had a sustained period of pressure inside the Letterkenny 22 but the home defence was disciplined and managed to hold firm with Mortimer producing the hit of the day to help regain possession.Following a kick upfield Letterkenny established good field position near the Strabane try line and Sheridan was rewarded for his work rate when he managed to ground his charge down of the attempted clearance to extend Letterkenny’s lead.The try was unconverted in the difficult conditions.The visitors struggled to get out of their own half and Mortimer danced around several would be tacklers in his own half before breaking up the centre of the pitch. Foy was in support to continue the move and had just about enough left in the tank to reach the line for Letterkenny’s third try which was converted by Mortimer to leave the half-time score 19-0. Mortimer couldn’t continue in the second half so McNicholl stepped into the 10 role and soon had Strabane pinned down inside the 22. The raw conditions were having an effect on the continuity of the game with many handling errors from both sides. Letterkenny looked fully in control of the game as the visitors struggled to get out of their half.Roger McLaughlin had to shift into the back line to cover John Anthony McFadden who left with an injury and found himself busy returning kicks to good effect.With the return of Mortimer to the field and an injury to a Strabane player both sides were now operating with 14 players.Eventually the breakthrough was made when Sheridan made it to the line for his second try with a snipe around the fringe of a ruck a few meters out. The fourth try of the day was converted by Mortimer.The hard work had been done previously when the visitors were having trouble coping with the charges of Dunleavy and both McLaughlins which was opening up space in the defensive line.Strabane, to their credit, didn’t lie down and tried to get something out of the game but solid home defence and great work at the breakdown by flanker Ladi Yuno turned the ball over repeatedly and Mortimer, McNicholl and Sheridan pegged Strabane back with intelligent kicks into space. No-one was disappointed to hear the referee blow for full time and the Letterkenny players left the field content with a bonus point win in a game they controlled from start to finish. Next week sees the start of the second half of the league fixtures and Belfast High School Former Pupils will be the visitors to Dave Gallaher Park. Letterkenny lost heavily to BHSFP in the first league game of the season but have improved week on week since then. Next weeks game should be a useful indicator of how much progress has been made by this young group of players in the season to date.Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8.30pm. All are welcome.RUGBY: LETTERKENNY BLOW AWAY STRABANE ON A WINDY DAY! was last modified: December 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jol ‘to beat Norwich, West Ham and Villa’ to signing of striker

first_imgFulham boss Martin Jol is set to beat Norwich City, West Ham and Aston Villa to the signing of Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes, according to the Daily Mirror.Jol is tipped to sign at least one striker this summer.Several clubs have been linked with the 22-year-old, who has netted 40 goals this season – making him the country’s top scorer.The League One play-off final against Sheffield United is expected to be Rhodes’ final appearance for Huddersfield.And it is claimed that Fulham are poised to sign him for £3.5m after making a lucrative offer.Jol is keen to sign a forward, with Andy Johnson looking likely to leave Craven Cottage this summer. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Brand South Africa calls on citizens to know and live your Constitution

first_imgJohannesburg, 4 October 2016 – Brand South Africa will this week launch the ‘Play Your Part and Know Your Constitution, Play Your Part and Live Your Constitution’ campaign.This is in line with Brand South Africa’s mandate to contribute to national efforts to inspire pride, patriotism and active citizenship amongst the citizens of our country. This is the ethos that will drive citizens to play their part to strengthen the Nation Brand and its value proposition domestically and internationally.The Play Your Part and Know Your Constitution, Play Your Part and Live Your Constitution campaign is premised on the notion that knowledge and awareness is a powerful tool that can be used to safeguard embrace South Africa’s democracy.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Marketing Ms Sithembile Ntombela says, “The Nation Brand’s democratic dispensation rests on the fundamental principles of freedom, social justice, equality and human dignity – and this generation owes it to those who will come after us to entrench these values into the social fabric of our country.”The three-month campaign which commenced on 1 October 2016 aims to empower people with knowledge and information on their rights as enshrined in the Bill of Rights. This awareness will be integral to the promotion and advancement of South Africa’s constitutional values.“To understand the spirit of our Constitution, one has to reflect on South Africa’s democratic journey and discover those common values that shaped it. Yet the application of the values of the Constitution requires interrogation as our social fabric evolves. Our campaign aims to highlight some of these contemporary issues while continuing to empower citizens about their rights as embodied in the highest law of our land,” concluded Ntombela.Listen out for the ad on Metro, 5FM, Tru Fm, YFM, TUT, VOW, UJ FM this week and let us know your thoughts on #InspiredByMyConstitution #SANationBrandlast_img read more