My View

Weekend Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By Don­ald Ramo­tar


APNU regime has been prop­a­gat­ing the lie to say that they in­her­ited a bank­rupt econ­omy. I dealt with that and proved that that is to­tally un­true in an ear­lier ar­ti­cle. Facts and fig­ures were used to show that the APNU regime in­her­ited a vi­brant and con­sis­tently grow­ing econ­omy.

The regime proved in­ca­pable of build­ing on the sound eco­nomic foun­da­tion it in­her­ited. As a re­sult, they had to dis­tort and fal­sify the re­al­ity of what they in­her­ited. Their in­com­pe­tence is glar­ing.

The re­cent ex­po­sure of Basil Wil­liams’ email re­vealed that the regime de­lib­er­ately set out to mis­lead the peo­ple at large, but more par­tic­u­larly, their own sup­port­ers. Day af­ter day, they poi­son peo­ple’s minds with mis­in­for­ma­tion. And as Wil­liams re­vealed, the race card is very im­por­tant to them. More of this later!

What is im­por­tant now is to see what this gov­ern­ment has been do­ing with the sub­stan­tial resources that they got from the PPP/C gov­ern­ment.

In the first place, they have hugely in­creased the size of the bu­reau­cracy. The APNU/AFC elite is be­ing fat­tened daily. They are hav­ing ‘the good life’.

One of the first acts of the regime was to in­crease their own salaries by a hefty fifty per­cent. This was af­ter they added eleven new Min­is­ters and four Vice-Pres­i­dents to the estab­lish­ment which the PPP/C ad­min­is­tra­tion func­tioned with. This was a dou­ble whammy on the trea­sury.

Im­me­di­ately one could see that with the in­crease in the amount of Min­is­ters, that also en­tailed in­creas­ing staff, find­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion to house more peo­ple and in many cases pro­vid­ing housing for Min­is­ters and the more se­nior per­son­nel in the gov­ern­ment.

The regime has also in­creased the hir­ing of per­sons on con­tract tremen­dously. Quite a few of these new con­tracted em­ploy­ees were re­tirees im­ported from abroad. They are be­ing paid su­per salaries. In many cases per­sons who were dis­crim­i­nated and sent on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave have been re­placed by per­sons and given al­most 100% in­crease in salaries even though they lack ex­pe­ri­ence and qual­i­fi­ca­tion of those whom they suc­ceeded.

The ad­min­is­tra­tive cost of gov­ern­ment has mounted in many ways, all of which are dif­fi­cult to un­cover. Hugh al­lowances are paid in trav­el­ling both in­ter­nally and abroad. The bill is sky-rock­et­ing daily.

We must also add that bil­lions are be­ing spent on lux­ury ve­hi­cles. The ve­hi­cle

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