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New Guyana gov't says ex-officials took state-owned vehicles

New Guyana gov't says officials took many state-owned vehicles as they left power

New Guyana gov't says ex-officials took state-owned vehicles

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) -- The new government of Guyana is accusing officials from the previous administration of taking dozens of state-owned vehicles as they left power.

State Minister Joseph Harmon says an audit is still being completed, but about 100 vehicles appear to be missing. At least 28 vehicles were transferred to former officials just four days before voters ousted the People's Progressive Party in close national elections. Harmon on Thursday urged the former officials to return the vehicles or face criminal charges.

Most are high-end brands of SUV, which are subject to tariffs of 120 percent when purchased by ordinary citizens in the South American country.

Former Public Service Minister Jennifer Westford has returned eight vehicles she transferred to herself and relatives but many others have yet to come forward.


Updated : 2021-09-18 03:41 GMT+08:00