Calls for Gov’t to account for Jagdeo spending
Member of Parliament Mr Desmond Trotman is asking that the Minister of Finance answer several questions regarding benefits for former President Bharrat Jagdeo. The questions are listed in the Order Paper for this Thursday’s sitting of the National Assembly.
Among the questions is Mr Jagdeo’s medical expenses. You would recall the controversy surrounding the former President flying on a private jet to the United States for a medical check up.
Parliamentarian Trotman has asked the Minister of Finance to put on paper the total health expenses/claims met for the Mr Jagdeo and/or his dependents for each month since he demitted office in 2011. Specifically, the Minister of Finance is being asked to state the cost of providing transportation (local and overseas), inclusive of cars and drivers, to the former President and/or his dependents for each month since he demitted office in 2011.
The Minister of Finance is also being asked to state the monthly cost of providing security for personal and property or properties for the former President since 2011.
The National Assembly a year ago passed a Bill to put a cap on spending and access to services by former Presidents, calling for a repeal of the 2009 Former President’s act which set out unlimited access to staff and services paid for by taxpayers. These are in addition to a pension of $1.2 million every month. President Donald Ramotar has not given his assent to the Act.