MP Brunswijk demands financial reports
MP Ronnie Brunswijk (ABOP) recently made it clear that he wants a complete list of all the business trips that government officials went on this year. He also wants the financial reports to see how much money was spent and what the results were of those business trips. The legislator from the opposition explained that the ministers must prove to parliament that their business trips were fruitful. We want to know what you did there,” MP Brunswijk told Times of Suriname as he referred to the ministers. “Present a report so that we can judge those business trips,” said MP Brunswijk who added that he wants reports from all the ministries except the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (BUZA). “BUZA is excluded because some confidential things take place but I do want a report from all of the other 16 ministries.” MP Brunswijk explained that it is the government’s obligation to report back to the people especially given the crisis that has caught the nation in its grip. He also explained that all of the limited funds must be spent wisely. He deems it unacceptable that the government demands that the people be thrifty but that government officials such as ministers keep going on business trips. “I have pointed out that there is a crisis in the country. Nobody can deny that fact. The prices in the stores are high. What is Trade and Industry doing against it? While they are organizing workshops abroad the people are suffering,” said Brunswijk, chairman of the ABOP. He made it clear that he also expects details regarding the loan from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB). “How long will the repayments last and what is the interest rate. The government has also made a deal with the IMF,” said MD Brunswijk who added that he wants more information regarding these loans.