Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is once again calling on government to withdraw the Procurement Act.
She said the recent resignation of the Procurement Regulation Board’s Deputy Chairman, James Chan Kit, shows that the recently passed bill is not good.
In his resignation letter, Chan Kit said his decision was due to the “final emasculation” of the law, and Government’s “reluctance for proper procurement oversight”.
At Monday night’s UNC meeting, Persad-Bissessar hailed Mr Chan Kit as being a true patriot and called on the Government to heed his comments on the matter.
She adds that this will be a starting point if they are serious about fighting white-collar crime.
Persad-Bissessar said Government has watered down the act in an attempt to “mamaguy” the population into thinking it is serious about safeguarding public assets.
Wade Mark, during his offering, also accused government of amending the law three times in order to make it ineffective, “so Rowley and his gang of four horsemen of the apocalypse can have legal power through the Cabinet to procure all goods and services.
He said “The People’s National Movement (PNM) has used the procurement legislation in order to legalise thievery, banditry and naked corruption in our country. That is what the PNM has done as they gutted and simply destroyed the procurement laws in our country.