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GEORGETOWN---Fo r -
mer US President
Jimmy Carter has cut
short an election obser-
vation visit in Guyana
due to health reasons,
according to a statement
from the Carter Center
The 90-year-old ex-
More criticism has come to the Gov-
ernment over its suspension of Oppo-
sition leader Dr Keith Rowley from
the Parliament for his failure to apol-
ogise for his Emailgate statement from
almost two years ago.
Former head of the Public Service,
Reginald Dumas described as "incor-
rect" the decision by the Government
to use its majority in Parliament to sus-
pend Rowley before two separate inves-
tigations being conducted by the police
and the Integrity Commission were
Contacted yesterday for comment
on Rowley s suspension, Dumas said
he "cannot accept the argument that
Rowley had misled the Parliament,
especially since the two investigations
being carried out by the police and the
Integrity Commission were still incom-
Dumas added: "For Parliament to
leap to a conclusion before getting the
results of the police investigation is
He said while it may be true to say
that Parliament was free to regulate
itself, "there was no natural justice. To
condemn somebody before evidence is
received was unacceptable."
Dumas told the T&T Guardian he
"disagreed with the procedure followed
to suspend Rowley."
Persad-Bissessar told reporters on
Friday that she was compelled to clear
the names of her Cabinet ministers and
herself in the Emailgate matter as Par-
liament will dissolve in about five weeks.
She said that Parliament had the legal
authority to take the action which it
did in the matter.
Rowley was also referred to the Com-
mittee of Privileges for allegations he
made while presenting a motion of no
confidence against Finance and the
Economy Minister Larry Howai last
month. Dumas said he wondered if
Rowley would be arrested when he
attempted to attend a hearing of the
committee, which takes place in the
He also said that Rowley was "not
given a fair opportunity to reply" in
the matter in Parliament.
Dumas says Rowley's suspension...
The Chaguaramas Develop-
ment Authority (CDA) says its
master plan for the area proposes
that no more than of 11 per cent
of the land area be developed.
In a release issued yesterday fol-
lowing a protest march against the
plan by several organisations on
Saturday from Port-of-Spain to
Included in the march were rep-
resentatives of the People s Nation-
al Movement, the Movement for
Social Justice and the Independent
The Authority said nine per cent
of that land was already occupied.
"The plan recommends that the
CDA moves to legally make
Chaguaramas a National Park to
ensure the protection of the natural
environment for the future. Impor-
tantly, the plan states that citizens
will always have access to the
beach at all times and at no cost,"
the release said.
The Authority said it will con-
tinue stakeholder consultations
with all groups interested in sus-
tainable development, job creation,
historical preservation and envi-
ronmental protection in the area.
It said the development process
must proceed in a structured way.
"There will be further consul-
tations before the master plan is
finally accepted as the statutory
plan," it said.
According to the authority, the
plan is in keeping with the National
Spatial Development Strategy, the
Diego Martin Regional Spatial
Developmental Plan, the Environ-
mental Management Authority,
Town & Country Planning Laws
and Institute of Marine Affairs leg-
The release said more than 80
per cent of the new jobs and entre-
preneurship opportunities created
on the boardwalk, in the vendor
plaza and the ziplining facility have
been given to residents of Carenage
and other nearby communities.
It said that more than 1,500 jobs
have been created by the initiatives,
which include the rehabilitation
of the seawall in Chagville, the
restoration of the swamp along the
Cuase River and other investment
projects are expected to generate
another 8,000 new jobs and small
CDA defends plans to develop area
After Save our Chaguaramas march...
Sarah Khan, right,
hands over her
daughter Sabiha to
wife of suspended
Dr Keith Rowley,
for a photograph
with the couple at
the Mother's Day
at Hasely Crawford
Read Watch Cash
president is returning to
Atlanta, it said. It did not
disclose specifics, only
saying Carter was "not
Guyana s national
elections are being held
today, more than a year
earlier than scheduled,
because President Don-
ald Ramotar had sus-
pended Parliament to
avoid a no-confidence
The vote pits his Peo-
ple s Progressive Party
against an opposition
Feeling unwell, Jimmy Carter shortens Guyana visit
Dumas is also expressing objection
to the decision by the PNM MPs to
stay away from the Parliament to
protest Rowley's suspension.
He said he understood why the
Opposition would be upset by the
But Dumas said, "I do feel that the
Opposition should not boycott
Parliament. They (MPs) should go to
Parliament to deal with the nation's
business. The country has business
to deal with and they should be
He dismissed a claim from
Moonilal that the protesting MPs
should return their salaries as they
were not going the parliament to
represent their constituents.
Dumas said he was not aware of
any law for absent MPs to return
their respective monthly salaries.
"That step in logic was difficult to
follow," he said.
Dumas said it was also required
constituency, especially as an
election was approaching.
Leader of Government Business in
the House of Representatives, Housing
and Urban Development Minister Dr
Roodal Moonilal successfully moved on
Wednesday that Rowley be suspended
with immediate effect.
He was suspended for allegedly
misleading the Parliament about the 31
e-mails allegedly involving Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and
other cabinet ministers about moves to
murder a journalist and to bug the
office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) in 2012 after the
Administration of Justice (Indictable
Proceedings) bill was proclaimed in
August of that year.
The newspaper report had claimed
that the amended law would have led
to businessmen Steve Ferguson and
Ishwar Galbaransingh escaping court
appearances for the extradition to the
United States in a matter relating to the
Piarco Airport Development project.
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