The Auditor General of Guyana has recommended that the Guyana Police Force consider the attorney general’s chambers’ recruitment of a number of senior lawyers on various cases affecting the state under the previous administration.
In an audit report published by Attorney General Anil Nandlall, the Auditor General noted that in many cases the contracts with the attorneys were made but the positions were not advertised publicly as the public procurement law should have been fully complied with.
Many of the cases involved foreign lawyers hired on various occasions with the Attorney General’s chambers named as respondents. Some of the cases stem from the no-confidence process and other political cases, while others dealt with various cases filed against the state.
Over $ 170 million has been spent on attorney services.
The audit report requested that the police be called in to conduct an in-depth investigation and, if necessary, bring charges.
The Auditor-General said that disciplinary action should be taken against those who violate the Public Procurement Act and the ministry must ensure that the Procurement Act is fully complied with in relation to procurement.