President bluffing on snap elections…
Ramotar politically a “dead duck” if elections called–Nagamootoo
By Rabindra Rooplall
“We are helping this Government to deal with its own dilemma which is its own corruption and
they don’t have the political will to fight the corruption.”
For the first time society now sees both the government and the opposition going around the country explaining the budget situation and observers are saying that it appears as if the government is inclined to call snap elections.
Observers see the moves of political parties at this time as campaigning ahead of snap elections. However, Alliance For Change (AFC) Executive Moses Nagamootoo says he is calling the bluff of the Government and is challenging them to call snap elections since society is now much more aware of what government does with taxpayer monies and the way they administer governmental functions throughout the country not as public servants but as authoritarians.
“We are trying to clean this government up, and trying to give accountability and governance a good face…With all my 50 years in politics I see no elections on the horizon; this is only a ‘pappy show’; this is grandstanding in its very fine form.”
Nagamootoo said that if Ramotar goes to snap elections he is politically a “dead duck” because of rivals in his party who would not want him to run for elections since he did not give them an absolute majority in the last elections.
“The only one to lose is the man who is claiming that he doesn’t mind calling snap elections.”
He added that President Ramotar must work for a compromise with the opposition, “but not in a cuss down mode. He cannot wear Jagdeo’s shroud. It will stifle him.”
Underscoring that President Ramotar needs to divest himself of the pretence that the PPP is the Majority, Nagamootoo said President Ramotar need to step down one step on the ladder and realize that he should accept the new reality which is working for a Modus Vivendi (an agreement between those whose opinions differ, so that they agree to disagree) with the oppositions.
The PPP acknowledges that it has a radical and revolutionary past, Nagamootoo said, and the government needs to seek out a way of politically living with people it wishes now to be destroyed.
“So they can’t come down with a mode of destruction and damnation and still say they want to talk to us, because right now when I read these things they say about us (AFC) everyday there is no way I feel I can sit down and talk to them (Government) in good faith.”
Government perceives the opposition as holding them hostage for an ulterior motive because of decisions made in Parliament, Nagamootoo said that each side views the actions of the other as unreasonable. The government sees the opposition as being vindictive and spiteful and the opposition sees the government as being careless with public funds.
“We are helping this Government to deal with its own dilemma which is its own corruption. It does not have the political will to fight the corruption.”
Nevertheless, Nagamootoo said that the government doesn’t know how to deal with its corrupt officials, since it uses a system of reward where persons are given various ambassadorial positions when they make various mistakes in their line of duty.
“They must not only be given rewards but punishment also, so we are putting those persons against the wall that we believe committed infractions and who ought to be punished and not be rewarded politically.”
He noted that there was a renewed vigour in democracy worldwide. He was hopeful that the Government would follow suit.
“The opposition is an ally in governance, and part of the governance mechanism in Guyana. The AFC is not just about being an oppositionist force; it’s about developing Guyana…I am really prepared and willing to go into elections mode. I got this thing in my genes, blood and vibes and I have the electoral rhythm in me. I am hoping that Ramotar makes the mistake.”
It was further noted that the government feels that unless it has a parliamentary majority then it would be confined; however, the opposition sees it role as being a representative of the majority who voted against the government.