Dear Editor,

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) refers to an article published in yesterday’s (August 29, 2022) edition of the Stabroek News, captioned “Rose Hall Estate overpaid nearly $5 million to two contractors l ‘last year”. First, GuySuCo sees no connection between an independent special audit conducted by Guyana’s Office of the Auditor General and estate manager Rose Hall’s personal feelings about the company’s CEO. GuySuCo adheres to the rule of law, particularly with regard to financial responsibility. Due process was followed by the Company’s internal auditor after this variation was discovered and the team conducted their investigations and the conclusion was noted. However, due to the seriousness of the findings, the Internal Auditor requested further review from the Office of the Auditor General of Guyana (the constitutional authority that audits the expenditure of public funds on behalf of the Parliament of Guyana).

Additionally, monies spent at the Rose Hall Estate since September 2020 have been funded by taxpayers through Parliament. Therefore, neither the Rose Hall Estate Manager nor his subordinates have lawful authority to vary the terms of a contract without the required written act of authority. Now that the independent audit investigation has been completed, the lawyers have written to the relevant authorities to ensure that there is no criminal intent in this case. In addition, the recommendations of the Office of the Auditor General of Guyana will be implemented by the Company. There is an active internal disciplinary process underway which is being managed by professional human resources, industrial relations and GuySuCo legal teams. In

Additionally, the policy states that if a property manager encounters operational difficulties with a contractor, they formally write to that contractor and copy their elders. No domain manager can unilaterally and arbitrarily modify a contract without the necessary act of written authority.

Finally, the Company has not received any resignation from the director of the Rose Hall estate that would have been issued by him in 2021; therefore, the Company cannot comment on this issue. What company records reflect is a written statement from the Rose Hall estate manager to the head of the human resources department revealing that he has no intention of renewing his contract when it expires at the end of 2022. In this regard, the company extends best wishes to him in his future endeavours. As this is an ongoing investigation, the Company is compelled to release further statements regarding this matter until it is concluded.

Angela Abraham-Parks

Communications Officer

Communication unit

Guyana Sugar Corporation

(GuySuCo)

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