ExxonMobil and Matter of Political Parties Funding in Guyana

In an attempt to show its detachment to local politics in Guyana, Rod Henson The Country Manager of ExxonMobil has clarified that the company is not involved in any way to finance a political force in Guyana. Responding to a question by a lady member of a bi-partisan parliamentary committee on natural resources, The Country Manager of US giant oil company ExxonMobil said, “ExxonMobil is not involved in politics in Guyana. We don’t choose sides. We’re apolitical and we are not funding any political party, any political side, any political initiatives,” he said.

As the question was raised by an opposition member Pauline Sukhai about the controversy of ExxonMobil’s involvement in funding a political initiative in the name of Green State Development Strategy which is not yet approved by the National Assembly. The Country Manager Mr. Henson said he was grateful for the opportunity provided by Sukhai to respond to the claims that he called “complete hogwash”, a remark that he later withdrew at the request of the Committee Chairman. “I withdraw the word ‘hogwash’ and I want to make it clear that Exxon Mobil is not a political entity that provides financial or other support to political parties here,” Henson said when asked by Lumumba.

From Government side, Government member of the National Resources Committee, Ronald Bulkan clarified that the Green State Development Strategy is “not a political initiative, it is a government initiative”.

News source: “http://demerarawaves.com”

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