It may be impossible to overcome the PPP’s psychology
The Government will introduce a motion to recover the amount of money the Parliament took away when it rejected budgetary allocations in some areas. The Government is asking for restoration of NCN’s budget. The first question that arises is: will this mean that NCN will now operate differently? The opposition will not approve the money unless there are substantial changes in NCN’s operations.
It will not happen. The Government simply wants the funds to be allocated. The Government will not change in even the most infinitesimal ways how NCN transmits the news. From the time the motion was composed to the time of voting, NCN will be the way it was under PPP rule since 1992.
What this country has to contend with is the fanatical obsession with power by the PPP. It may very well end in tragedy. And for one reason only; it is beyond the collective psychology of the PPP to move away even in diluted forms from its total obsession with power.
This mania has gone in weird directions that do not augur well for the future of Guyana. On the instruction of the Government, the Guyana Revenue Authority has bypassed the POO series and went to the PPP mode. There was absolutely no reason why the POO plates could not work. It was simply just another series. But the power madness took over. Freedom House wanted vehicles in Guyana to have the PPP series.
In such an inconsequential matter, the PPP showed the extreme lust for power. What makes any human being on Planet Earth think that in areas of making concessions to the opposition, the PPP will be reasonable? It will not. The PPP cannot go beyond its narrow psychology of total control. The story of the PPP vehicular series tells the large tale of power madness in Guyana that this writer predicts will end in tragedy. All the signs are there.
Not one inch of concession will be made to secure the NCN funds. The expectation of Freedom House is that the Parliament must vote for the allocations. There will not be any discipline applied to the Minister of Home Affairs and Commander Hicken over the Linden murders. The University will get a new Vice Chancellor. He will be a supporter of the PPP and the Opposition will read about it in the newspapers. The Chronicle will become even nastier than under Jagdeo.
No motion passed in the House that does not meet with the approval of the PPP will be translated into policy. There will no new ERC chairman unless it is someone that comes from the PPP. The PPP will not go beyond the list of applicants that were given radio licences. This means the Stabroek News, the Kaieteur News and others will not receive permits.
There will be maximum delay in the implementation of the Procurement Commission. The Human Rights Commission is not on the agenda.
There will be no appointment of an Ombudsman and it is wishful thinking to believe that the PPP will reintroduce the Public Service Appellate Tribunal. Movement against corruption will not take place. Nadira Jagan can come home as often as she wants and denounce the corrupt ones that inherited her parents’ party.
The PPP cannot prosecute itself for corruption. The PPP hierarchy is a colossal recipient of graft.
The blueprint of governance in this country lies within the matrix of power domination. Within this psychological frame, the PPP does not recognize that it is a minority government, ignores the separation of powers and will not concede the right of Parliament to check the Executive.
The problem at the moment is not what happens with this type of rule. It began under Mr. Jagdeo and will continue under Mr. Ramotar. The trouble that lies ahead has to do with the Opposition.
Armed with a majority in Parliament and saddled with huge expectations from its voters, the AFC and APNU are in a quagmire. When it was a minority in Parliament, the Opposition had no scope to pressure the Government. Now it has that latitude but it is not delivering.
It has two options. It can continue on the parliamentary road but this is a precarious path, because if Parliament does not check the PPP, then the Opposition will be seen as a failure.
Opposed to this is what Roopnaraine from APNU calls extra-parliamentary struggle. What the Opposition does will determine where Guyana goes. It is not going to be easy, because it is dealing with a psychologically fixed cabal. The PPP is not going to democratize or change. It has to be forced to.