An unjustified attack on Kwayana
Mr. Freddie Kissoon comes across as an angry man in most of his columns. He attacks everyone in his columns.
He gets very agitated when prominent people don’t support his position on issues or respond to his requests to support him in unsubstantiated attacks against the government.
The latest is an attack on Sister Andaiye, Elder Eusi Kwayana and Prof. Nigel Westmaas (Kaieteur News April 27).
Just because Kwayana, Dr. Westmaas, and human rights activist and social worker Andaiye refused to support Freddie’s attack against President Jagdeo, he lashed out at them. Just because they do not express solidarity with Kissoon against the government does not mean they have abandoned the struggle to improve peoples’ lives.
I do not know Andaiye well except what I read from and about her and also what people say about her resolve in fighting for oppressed people. But I do know Kwayana and Westmaas well. I interacted with both, as well as other WPA stalwarts, on every trip to Guyana (annually from around 1987) during the 1980s and 1990s visiting Rodney House when it was on Croal Street. They are fascinating political figures who gave their livee to the struggle against the dictatorship.
Anyone who is familiar with the abuses, harassments, and intimidations, the above suffered at the hands of the dictators would have only praises for them. Freddie owes them an apology for criticising them. Freddie needs to stop telling others what to say or write. They are not little children. They can distinguish right from wrong. Kwayana is not one who is afraid to speak his mind. Andaiye not only pens her views, but only help people.
Westmaas is an accomplished academic who worked his way up in Guyana to earn a scholarship for a well deserved PhD and he is still focused on issues relating to Guyana. In my book, they are all heroes worthy of emulation not attacks.