Honduras situation a lesson to Guyana
Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition and the Leader of the Peoples National Congress Reform, Robert Corbin, warns that Guyanese should take cognisance of what has recently taken place in Honduras and what was the catalyst for the unrest.
Corbin was speaking about the host of irregularities and breaches of the constitution and other laws in Guyana by the Jagdeo administration, seemingly with no peaceful recourse.
According to Corbin, his party along with the Auditor General among others have repeatedly exposed the wrongdoings of the administration to which the ruling administration is seemingly unmoved.
He also pointed to what he called the extremely slothful Judiciary which leaves little or no recourse.
He noted that despite the exposition of wrongdoings, the Government is seemingly comforted by the fact that Guyana practices polarised politics and come elections time, the nation vote race and as such they will seemingly be back in power despite their shortcomings.
According to Corbin, the international community has limited clout as it relates to the exerting of pressure on the Government to change its ways citing one example, mainly the passage of the Procurement Act which had to be reluctantly done by the administration.
He pointed that the inherent Procurement Commission is yet to be established.
Corbin said that he drew a serious reference to the situation in Honduras, given that the run up to the unrest bears a striking resemblance to the current situation in Guyana.
The PNCR leader pointed out that in Honduras there was a series of, “arrogant flagrant breaches of the law, the non response of the judiciary, the continued breaches of the constitution which placed citizens in a very difficult situation there that sometimes they resort to various methods in order to have their problems resolved.”
Corbin cautioned that he was not of the opinion that it was the right way to go but sometimes as has happened in Honduras, when people’s backs are against the walls they take action into their own hands.
He noted too that what transpired in Honduras was not a traditional coup.
Corbin explained that the facts thus far illustrate that the Honduran President, Manuel Zelayla overstepped his constitutional authority.
Corbin continued to say that the Supreme Court of Honduras as well as Zeylaya’s Congress refused his pressing for a third term.
“The courts felt that he should not move in that direction, he tried to call a referendum and the court ruled against that,” said Corbin.
Corbin added that Zelaya still proceeded to direct the army to distribute election material geared at proceeding against a court order, “like Janet Jagan did in throwing away a court order.”
Corbin said that the reference to the Hondurans scenario was used to illustrate the similarities to the situation in Guyana.
He emphasised however, that what happened in Honduras was that the people there took a different course of action.
He pointed out that when the Army Chief refused, he was fired and the court reinstated him.
“They sought a method of giving him a parachute out of a difficult situation and they called it a coup that’s not a traditional coup”
He said that there are very many similarities in the way the President of Honduras went about doing things and, “our government, we have precedence with Janet Jagan in that she was sworn in against a court order and at that time throwing it over her shoulder.”
According to Corbin, as it relates to a last recourse in righting the wrongs in Guyana, “God forbid it is not something I would support, but I am saying that the law of karma suggests that when people’s backs are against the wall they find solutions.”