Imran Khan defends Nagamootoo’s ego

first_imgDear Editor,I read a letter in the Chronicle signed by “Imran Khan, Press Secretary to Prime Minister Moses V Nagamootoo” in which he takes Guyana Times to task for an alleged “constant harangue…directed towards Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo”. While he purports to respond to a letter published in the Times from one Tiana King-David, I would like to respond to his attempt to rebut the specific points made made by Times.PM’s New $22M SUVImran Khan admits, “In the 2015 budget, the sum of GY$22m (US$110,000) was allocated for the purchase of the vehicle for use by the Prime Minister.” This exactly what Times  stated. Since the suggested Mfg Selling Price for a 2015 LandCruiser was was US$80,000 it means that the Prime Minister’s vehicle had quite a number of options added.Khan goes to great length to justify the purchase. First he claimed the PPP government had budgeted for an identical SUV but this was appropriated by the then Finance Minister. But if the PPP was so “wasteful” and “greedy” according to the APNU/AFC, how does following in their footsteps a justification of the Nagamootoo’s parsimony?PM’s VehiclesKhan claims rather than “20 Vehicles”, the OPM has “only 11”. One news report at the transition reported the PPP left 8 vehicles. At least this confirms the previous PM was not a spendthrift. It suggests also that even if the number 11 is correct, two other vehicles were purchased in addition to the famous $22M Landcruiser. Are these also premium Landcruisers? If only four of the eleven vehicles are used by the PM and his security detail, who are the seven staffers with vehicles? Imran Khan?PM’s ResidenceKhan also admits that the Pm’s residence is being rehabilitated, but does not mention that it cost $22M.PM’s SalaryKhan claims, “The Prime Minister’s salary was increased only marginally…” What is the reality?  Nagamootoo’s salary was increased by $2,000,000 from $1.5M to 1.7M monthly.. Two million dollars increase at 11% is “marginal”? What does he call the $5500 for 11% on $50,000 for the public servants?Khan also tried to explain the  “marginal” for his boss. It was supposed “to take it above that of the Attorney General to correct an anomaly which existed under the PPP government.“To be exact the salary “anomaly” was introduced by Hoyte to induce his Chancellor Keith Massiah to become his Attorney General. The question is why would it bother Nagamootoo if the Attorney General had a larger salary than him?The only answer is “ego”. And this is borne out by Imran Khan’s querulous complaint that because it is tax free,  ” the Honourable Attorney General’s take home salary…is (still) greater than that of the the Prime Minister.Sincerely,Suresh Persaudlast_img read more

Finally, a home for veterans

first_imgLANCASTER – After a 15-year political struggle that involved a change of governors, a political compromise and a statewide bond measure, ground was finally broken Tuesday for an Antelope Valley veterans home. About 300 people turned out to celebrate the start of construction of the 60-bed home at Avenue I and 30th Street West. The Pete Knight Veterans Home of California – named for the project’s staunchest supporter – is scheduled to be completed in late 2008. The ceremony was both a celebration of the start of the project and a remembrance of Knight, who served as a test pilot, combat pilot, mayor, assemblyman and state senator before his death in 2004. “He couldn’t imagine a better day than the groundbreaking of a veterans home,” said Palmdale Councilman Steve Knight, one of the late senator’s sons. “America loves its veterans. America thrives because of it veterans.” State Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, who first worked on the project as Lancaster’s mayor and then in the state Legislature, called the day “almost beyond belief.” “There were many skirmishes. There were those wanting to take this away,” Runner said. “It shows if you’re tenacious, if you stay focused, and are willing to negotiate, it can happen.” The home will have an area with mementos from Knight’s career, which included piloting the X-15 rocket plane in 1965, when he set a speed record of 4,520 mph. “He’ll always be part of the home,” said Thomas Johnson, secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Lancaster home is one of three being built in Southern California. A similar home will be built in Saticoy in Ventura County and a nearly 400-bed home in West Los Angeles. The event was long in coming. First there was a struggle to get Lancaster on the list for a veterans home, then a protracted battle to keep it there. Even after voters approved a bond issue to fund the projects in 2000, lawmakers and then-Gov. Gray Davis tried to torpedo the Lancaster site. In 2002, a political compromise emerged that reduced the scope of the Lancaster and Saticoy homes and linked them with the West Los Angeles project – a move that gave the effort more political muscle in the Legislature. “The key was the tie-in with the West Los Angeles home,” said Michael Adams, vice chairman of the Lancaster Veterans Home Citizen’s Committee. “That was the magic combination. L.A. is the 800-pound political gorilla.” last_img read more