Ramjattan’s inaccurate statements

first_imgDear Editor,Our democracy will be half-baked if people like Khemraj Ramjattan are allowed to make such inaccurate statements without a response. Therefore, it would be remiss of me to leave such a glaring misinformed position to go unremarked upon.Stabroek News of May 4, 2019, reported: “Ramjattan sees nothing wrong in contract awards to Minister’s company”. What utter nonsense!The law is very clear that when you procure goods on behalf of the people, you do it to promote the following objectives:1. Maximise economy and efficiency in procurement. (How do we know that Videomega was not overpaid for services that could have been done cheaper by the competitors?)2. Foster and encourage wider participation in the procurement process. (But this cannot happen if one company is exclusively offered the contract thereby shutting the competitor out)3. Provide for fair and equitable treatment of all suppliers. (How can this be achieved when it appears that agents of the Ministers, under political instructions, choose only certain companies connected to these top officials to be the only suppliers of that service? Are the other suppliers being treated fairly and equitably?)4. Promote the integrity of, and fairness and public confidence in the procurement process. (What integrity? Does it not appear that the entire milieu of these particular transactions is laced with cocktails of conflict of interest? How can the public have confidence in such a discriminatory process?)5. Achieve transparency in the procurement process. (What transparency? If the information was not leaked and published, would there have been prior disclosure by the Ministers?)But the big question remains – who collects the profits from these companies?So think about this. Joan is the hired boss in a company but she is not the owner. Jack owns the company. Without Jack’s knowledge, Joan buys all stationary and cleaning supplies from a company she personally owns. She always finds a reason why the competitors are not good enough to steer this contract to her personal company. Is that fair to Jack? Is Joan conducting a relationship that is improper and can be seen as a conflict of interest?If Jack finds out, should he ask Joan to resign? Was Joan being ethical? Let the conversation continue.Regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Continue Reading

Pellegrini: ‘If I won UCL and PL TWICE, Guardiola would still have come

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini claims Pep Guardiola would still be replacing him as Manchester City boss even if he won the Champions League twice.City announced in February that Bayern Munich’s revered former Barcelona coach would succeed Pellegrini in the summer.The club, whose strategy is driven by two former Barcelona executives in Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain, had failed in a previous attempt to lure the Catalan to the Etihad Stadium in 2012.Pellegrini was well aware of this when he took charge in 2013 and has no issues about stepping aside this summer, at what would have been the end of his initial three-year contract.The Chilean, who won the Premier League title in his first season with City, told Spanish newspaper Marca: “I don’t believe they are changing me because they were expecting more.“The club has always wanted to work with Guardiola, and that is logical, because they have a relationship from their time at Barcelona.“Pep was on the market and it was clear they were going to take him when he became free. If I had won two Champions Leagues and two Premier Leagues, Guardiola would still have come.”City’s announcement preceded a slump in the team’s Premier League form and Pellegrini accepts it has been a distraction, but he does not think it was the wrong decision.He said: “From the moment that Pep declared he would come to England, the board knew that I would not be able to sit around like a fool. All the world knew he would come here. Afterwards, we can analyse if it was good or bad.”Pellegrini says he will leave City on good terms. He also has the chance to bow out on a glorious high having guided his side to the Champions League semi-finals, in which they face his former club Real Madrid.The 62-year-old said: “It has been a complicated situation in a year in which we are fighting for titles, but you have to accept it.“I have a very good relationship with the people who run the club, with Txiki, with Ferran. It is nothing like (the bad) relationship I had with the board at Real Madrid.“I understand they wanted a change after three years. I knew that I had a three-year contract and I have completed them.“Another thing is that the uncertainty affects the mentality of the players when they are in the middle of a competition, when people are talking about who is coming and who is going.“Of course, there is still a lot for us to fight for, because we are in an unheard of position for this club.” Pep Guardiola will take over at the Etihad in the summer last_img read more

Continue Reading