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Harmon denies bribing Duncan to resign

first_img…tribunal to hear 1st witness todayMinister of State, Joseph Harmon has rejected claims made by trade unionist Carvil Duncan that Government offered money in exchange for his resignation as Chairperson of the Public Service Commission (PSC) in light of his court charges.According to a public statement released on Sunday, “The Office of the Minister of State categorically denies the assertion made by Mr Carvil Duncan that he was offered monies by the Minister of State or the President.”The statement conceded that meetings were indeed held where Duncan was “gracefully” asked to vacate the positions he currently holds on several constitutional service commissions given his current trial for allegedly stealing $984,900 and conspiring to steal $27,757,500 from the Guyana Power and Light (GPL).Harmon’s office said Duncan indicated that he would discuss the matter with his family and return with a decision; however, he never did, which prompted President David Granger to establish a tribunal to determine his fate.However, Duncan, in a missive on Saturday evening, indicated that he made attempts to make contact with the Minister following the meeting, but all attempts proved futile.He also alleged that both Harmon and the President offered him money to step down from his post on the Public Service Commission, which would automatically result in his removal from the Judicial Service Commission and the Police Service Commission.“President Granger insisted I resign as Chairman of the Public Service Commission to be followed by the other constitutional service commissions. He then said to me as much as three times, that ‘he does not want any blood on his carpet’… The President offered me a financial package under the same conditions as had been offered by Minister Harmon if I were to resign as he insisted,” Duncan claimed in his statement.The embattled official also insisted that he never received a letter from Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo asking him to justify why a tribunal should not be established to address his removal from his posts.Reports indicate that Nagamootoo wrote Duncan asking him to show cause why a tribunal should not be established to address the question of his removal from constitutional office.Given his non-response, the President took a decision to establish the tribunal to investigate and recommend whether Duncan should be removed from his offices for his inability to discharge his function and/or misbehaviour.The tribunal members comprise Chairperson Justice Roxanne George, Justice Winston Patterson and Attorney-at-Law Robert Ramcharran.Duncan was charged and placed before the courts over the alleged theft of monies.He was placed on $1 million bail in February last after he had appeared in the Magistrates Court charged with larceny to which he pleaded not guilty.Police alleged that on March 31, 2015 at Georgetown, he stole $984,900, property of GPL.It is also alleged that he conspired with GPL’s then Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Aeshwar Deonarine to steal the money and to commit a felony, namely, he conspired to steal $27,757,500, property of the utility company.The tribunal will hear its first witness today.last_img read more


first_imgLADIES GAELIC: Ulster Manager James Daly and his backroom team have named seven Donegal players on their panel for the upcoming Inter-provincial tournament which will be held in Kinnegad on Saturday 21st May.The players – all part of the Donegal panel which won the Lidl Division 2 title last weekend are Ciara Hegarty, Deirdre Foley, Katie Herron, Laura Gallagher, Niamh Hegarty, Treasa Doherty and Yvonne McMonagleThe full panel is below: CavanAisling DoonanDonna EnglishJoanne MooreLaura FitzpatrickRoisín O’KeefeShauna LynchSinead GreeneMonaghanCiara McAnespieCora CourtneyGrainne McNallyLinda MartinSharon CourtneyDonegalCiara HegartyDeirdre FoleyKatie HerronLaura GallagherNiamh HegartyTreasa DohertyYvonne McMonagleTyroneGemma BegleyNeamh WoodsDownAileen PyersArmaghAimee MackinAoife McCoyCaroline O’HanlonFionnuala McKennaLauren McConvilleMairead TennysonNiamh MarleySinead Mc Cleary LADIES GAELIC: 7 DONEGAL PLAYERS NAMED IN ULSTER SQUAD was last modified: May 10th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal ladies gaelicUlster Squadlast_img read more