In defense of Minister Rohee
It is difficult for me to ‘sit on the fence’ and allow seasoned PNC/APNU hate-mongers like Lurlene Nestor the freedom to perpetuate discord among our people at a time when our nation is on the threshold of greatness.
In her letter, “Was Minister Rohee’s mission to deliberately cause panic in the nation?” (Kaieteur News, June 25), Nestor launched a scathing attack on Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee for his decision to restrict the annual vacation leave of senior police officers to two periods of 21 days each. Minister Rohee is absolutely correct to consider this a “potentially delicate period of national security”.
Lurlene Nestor is delusional to question this, as she is part of the obstructionist measures employed by the PNC/APNU to undermine progress. If Minister Rohee is fearful of potential violence, the PNC/APNU has to accept some responsibility for putting it there.
Only last Saturday at a gathering in Wismar, APNU’s Aubrey Norton was heard openly inciting violence, calling on Lindeners to create havoc by blocking access to the interior mining areas. Norton told the gathering they must utilise their skills to challenge the government’s decision to stop subsidising electricity there.
“We have to be prepared to do what is required to achieve our objective. We stand at the gateway to the interior. I say no more.” He said the task at hand is to ensure this government backs down. “Let me tell you, this government does not understand reason… And so the only solution to this government comes from pressure, more pressure… we have to put them in the pressure.”
When one considers that Aubrey Norton was one of the leading proponents of the PNC’s “Mo fire, Slow fire” campaign which resulted in violence against hundreds of Indo-Guyanses and the destruction of a significant portion of the commercial sector located on Regent Street, these are fighting words which must be taken seriously.
And let’s not forget the lawless behavior of PNC/APNU Attorney James Bond, who incited supporters to participate in an illegal procession in defiance of police orders last December.
That incident resulted in Bond being shot with rubber bullets and was charged along with others. I’m aware that this case was recently dismissed because a prosecutor did not show up in court, but we all know how the system works, even for those who conveniently and publicly “oppose” corruption, but benefits from it.
Kaieteur News, June 25, WPA/APNU opportunist Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine declares Guyana’s 10th Parliament “Deadlocked.”
And just a few days earlier, AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan threatened, “There will be a constitutional crisis if the President intends not to sign any of the Bills put forward by the opposition. This would also cause gridlock… and such a position demonstrates contempt and disdain for the National Assembly” (KN, June 22).
Considering all the attempts by the joint opposition to reverse the choice of the electorate last November, Minister Rohee would be neglectful in his duties if he did not take appropriate measures to protect our democracy and our young government.
Then turning her venom on the President, Nestor sarcastically wrote, “When does Mr. Ramotar’s honeymoon period end? He has promised many things to be done in his first year, doesn’t that first year count from day one when he got the job?” First of all, this woman shows no respect for our President, referring to him as “Mr. Ramotar”.
Secondly, as the PNC/APNU mouthpiece, Lurlene Nestor knows that the joint opposition has deliberately and maliciously done everything within their one-seat majority to block every aspect of development proposed by His Excellency Donald Ramotar and his cabinet.
The budget cuts by the PNC/APNU and AFC were designed to retard progress with the aim of bringing down the PPP/C Administration. And despite all the talk about “snap election”, our President has repeatedly said he will not initiate this. But if there is a “sinister plot” to deceive the Guyanese people, Nestor knows who the architects are.
For in an attempt to justify potential violence, this ‘prophet of doom’ ends her letter with this threat, “The Minister of Home Affairs has taken action to deliberately cause panic and fear in the nation. He should be held accountable.” But like Aubrey Norton at Linden, Nestor appears to be telling her PNC/APNU supporters, ”We have to be prepared to do what is required to achieve our objective.”