NICIL may have to be reformed legally
The identity of the author of your Peeping Tom columns of 6 May and 7 May 2012 is not difficult to guess.
Someone is back from globetrotting, and re-engaged with the business of State. On 6 May (‘The world is not
waiting on Guyana to solve its political problems’), the Opposition is ‘silly’ and engaged in ‘silliness’ in ‘playing games’.
Meanwhile the deals made unilaterally by a certain Champion are ‘reasonable’, etc. More of the same in KN of 7 May (‘The funds held by NICIL are not required to be placed into the Consolidated Fund’). The best the
Champion can come up with to defend the NICIL accumulated income is that there are or will be unnamed expenses. Oh, and by the way, the PNC did the same.
‘Mout open, story jump out’. Has Peeping Tom noticed that this is not the same Guyana over which Burnham ruled?
Back then the PPP made secret deals with said Burnham, as Halim Majeed documented in his 2005 book, (‘Forbes Burnham: National Reconciliation And National Unity 1984-1985′).
It’s harder now: the people are reading about what goes on at meetings of the executive committee of the PPP and about the ‘thorough, comprehensive and vulgar’ cussing out that was the order of the day there (SN letter to the Editor, 7 May 2012, ‘Central Committee of PPP took decision against SN ads cut, Dr Luncheon is referring to ExCo meeting on the publication of my article’).
It’s hard to remember the PPP that once touted itself as the lean and clean, vanguard party of the working class.
Mr Peeping Tom (Champion mouthpiece), you dare the Opposition to challenge the withholding of NICIL funds in court. How about the court of public opinion? It appears that you are already nervous on that front. I look forward to continued discussion of this issue, in and out of the courts: how was NICIL constituted? Is it subject to normal
commercial law or are there special provisions for a government-owned company? What are its legal obligations for obtaining and managing income? How competent or incompetent have the government legal draftsman been?
NICIL may have to be reformed legally. That day will mark another victory for Guyana.