The revelation and denial of the Prime Minister of Guyana
Yesterday morning Dr. David Hinds of APNU, Gerhard Ramsaroop and Michael Carrington of AFC participated with me and Mark Benschop in a picketing exercise outside the PM’s office in Kingston over the already implemented electricity hike for Lindeners.
The PM was going to lunch so just near to his car, he engaged us. Kaieteur News, Stabroek News and Prime News were present.
As the conversation went on, I asked the PM to stop his aide from sheltering him with a huge black umbrella (why black is mysterious because black cloth captures the heat in tropical countries.)
Three times I requested PM Hinds to stop his security from sheltering him because it looked awful. Three times the PM agreed but nothing changed. The fourth time I was insistent and the umbrella was closed.
PM Hinds is ridiculous. From the entrance of his office to his car there is a distance of a few feet. Why did Mr. Hinds have this man holding a large ugly umbrella over his head? It really looked terrible. My fourth request was more productive.
The umbrella was closed, but my request to have it was denied. Were I given it, I would have walked onto High Street and given it away.
Let me start with what was discussed by revealing that twice I told the PM that I appreciated that he stopped and spoke to us.
But Mr. Hinds has a method that he has borrowed from Cheddi Jagan. Jagan never believed, and now Hinds is up to that game, that he can lose an argument because he insisted on denials. Hinds is the same.
Before we go on to matters that may bore you, let me tell you about the great revelation of Sam Hinds which honestly speaking was given to Guyana first by Dr. Henry Jeffrey in an interview with Denis Chabrol.
In front of the press and the protestors, in response to my question, PM Hinds admitted that there has never been the existence of an entity or group or organization named the Civic Component. Mr. Hinds said no such thing ever existed or exists at the moment.
Speaking openly he described the immediate aftermath of the1992 election victory of the PPP as a situation in which non-PPP members joined the Cabinet as individual non-PPP persons and the overall description was that the situation (take note – not the group because there was no group according to Hinds) was referred to as Civic members.
In front of the press and the protestors, Mr. Hinds unambiguously remarked that there was never an entity titled the Civic Component or the Civic Party or the Civic Group.
No such thing existed. Several times in the conversation the PM utilized the phrase of individuals entering the 1992 government as non-PPP individuals.
As stated above, this fact was first revealed by Dr. Henry Jeffrey. This revelation by both Jeffrey and Hinds is further testimony to the embellishment of history by Dr. Cheddi Jagan.
My criticism of Dr. Jagan’s autobiography is that it contains large areas of subjective reflections and exaggerations.
And the PPP has continued in this vein. If post-1992 history is written by the PPP, it will graphically paint a picture of coalition government by the PPP from 1992. If you dismissed Jeffrey’s assertion as bile coming from a disgruntled former Minister, how can you see that as being the same with what the PM said? He is still the PM.
It was not an enlightening conversation by Sam Hinds, because as the PM he could not have been intellectually straightforward with us. He denied the practice of PPP racism. He denied African Guyanese are at a disadvantage under the PPP. He denied that the modern track at Leonora, Olympic swimming pool at Lusignan, Berbice Bridge at Palmyra, and ophthalmology hospital in Port Mourant, were given their locations because of ethnic considerations. But what else do you expect the PM to say?
All the protestors tackled him on the cruel increase of electricity rates in Linden. I brought in the question of the subsidy of the Demerara sugar estates despite top studies from the World Bank which showed that they are unproductive and should have been closed a long time ago.
I know Sam Hinds well. You will get no intellectual concessions from him. He will talk and talk whole day to you. At the end of it, you would have wasted your time, because he will not and cannot concede that his PPP Government of twenty years is part of Guyana’s problem. It is best to say hello to Sam and move on.