PNCR Leader Robert Corbin has expressed grave
concern over the appointment of Chabilall
Ramsarup as Commissioner of Customs and Trade
Administration (CTA) in the Guyana Revenue
"While all the facts are not yet
available to him he saw no advertisement by the
GRA to fill such an important vacancy in the
country," a PNCR release said yesterday.
The GRA last week announced that Ramsarup
will be taking his place at the helm of the
Customs agency from tomorrow.
According to the release, Corbin knows that
substantive commissioner Lambert Marks' deputy,
Ms Ingrid Griffith was acting in that position
for nearly two years, during the time that Marks
"She has more than 20 years service with
the Custom Department and is properly qualified.
So one is left to wonder on what basis someone
who has no experience in CTA has been fostered
in that position than other members of staff in
the Custom and Trade Administration," the
release quotes Corbin as saying.
It said that while Corbin has great respect
for the distinguished service of Ramsarup in the
military and elsewhere, "the issue has
nothing to do with him personally; the issue is
justice and fair play in the GRA."
The release said Corbin has received reports
of discriminatory practices at the GRA and this
most recent announcement seems to confirm that
these reports are valid or that there is an
attempt of continued political interference in
the work of the GRA.
The PNCR will be investigating this matter
fully and will make a formal statement at a
later date, the release said.