The opposition has to find a way to stop this project
I am normally not a letter writer but recently I have felt compelled to do so, because of what I see happening in Guyana.
From the perspective of a citizen, what I see is a government in Guyana that appears to care nothing of what the public feels, thinks or believes. And now, based on the utterances of the Honorable President and the learned Attorney general, it appears as though they also don’t care what the representatives of the people, who were elected by them and who sit in parliament do.
It is an amazing series of events and one that you would normally only see in the worst dictatorships like Sadaam Hussein in Iraq or Mubarak in Egypt. And I ask myself the question — Is this because they feel that regardless of what happens, they will be returned to Govern based on a racial vote? I hope that this is not true and that the people of Guyana eventually understand what is good for them.
I would like to focus on a few interesting items.
1. NICIL – In any civilised, democratic society, if as many questions were raised about public property and the disposal of such property and the availability and use of the funds so obtained, there would have been a public presentation of all relevant information from the Government.
2. In this case, however, all we hear and see are statements from the Government suggesting that they have done no wrong. But the question remains – what has been sold? How much was received for the properties?
Where is that money now? I keep hearing talk of the companies act. But this is not a private company. Even if NICIL is considered to operate under the Companies Act, it must also operate as a public company owned by the people of Guyana to whom it owes regular financial statements.
2. NEW AIRPORT – The question that has been raised is why does Guyana need a US$150 million airport at this time given the kind of air traffic that we now have? For whose benefit is this airport? Then we understand that this agreement was signed secretly with a company known for fraud and bribery. Why can’t the members of parliament stop this project? Are they afraid of being accused of being non-cooperative again? This is ludicrous and the opposition has to find a way to stop this project.