The firing of 42 persons from the State Assets Recovery Agency comes as no surprise. This is according to the APNU-AFC opposition who registered its dismay at the Government’s move to give marching orders to all staff of the unit which was established under the previous administration.
According to Member of Parliament Roysdale Forde, legal action can be sought against the administration. He noted that the move is one to be closely looked at.
It was Attorney General Anil Nandlall who made the firing of SARA staff public through a social media post stating, “SARA has achieved nothing in five years, but has gobbled up close to $1B GYD in public funds in salaries, wages, rent, and operational expenses.”
However, it is the view of Opposition Member of Parliament Amanza Walton-Desir, that the move could be deemed as a “dismantling of systems” that would hold the administration accountable for their actions.
Walton-Desir highlighted that while the current regime has its own agenda behind the dismantling of SARA, there is the stark reality of the negative effects the move will have on staff who are now on the breadline.
“We are in a pandemic and we are dealing with people, we are dealing with people who have families to support and so to send home 42 persons… on the breadline for no other reason that you don’t wish to be held accountable for your actions.” The MP said.
Executive Member of the Alliance for Change Imran Khan expressed utter disdain, citing that the administration is out of touch with the reality of its actions.
“It is really unconscionable that a government would proceed to go on a firing campaign… there are single mothers, and the sole bread winner of their families, who have lost their jobs because the callous actions of this PPP government.” Khan said.