I pray for Freddie Kissoon
I offer these words to join Sultan Sattaur on what he had to say about Freddie Kissoon in your paper yesterday. Freddie Kissoon is a relative of mine through his father. In the extended family, Freddie Kissoon and Dr. Leslie Mootoo have done the family a great honour. People may not know it but the Mootoo/Kissoon family has produced two of the great Guyanese in these two men. I don’t know Freddie well. I am much older than him. His sister, Gwennie and his brother, ‘Lightweight’ Kissoon are the two Kissoons that I know better.
Freddie was always the different Kissoon growing up in Packdoodam (Wortmanville). Unlike all other members of our family, he was the book boy. He was the pupil of the brother of the great Guyanese economist, Rawle Farley. Anyday you can find Farley and Freddie together. Anyone who knows the Kissoon family would know he had to turn out the way he is today. Freddie Kissoon is a person who genuinely feels concern for other people. All those who know him from Wortmanville will tell you the same. It is as if he sees this as his mission in life.
I write this letter after I read what Mr. Sattaur wrote about the martyr complex and the Walter Rodney dream of Freddie. Mr. Sattaur must have studied Freddie deeply to arrive at that opinion because this is exactly the way I see Freddie. He is my dear relative and someone this country needs but I believe he has a martyr complex and wants to die like Walter Rodney.
Some years back, my grandson and I ran into him at the Giftland Office Max store. After we finished speaking, my grandson said to me that “the man you were speaking… like he wants to die…”
As we spoke I asked him if he was not afraid and he said that one must not be afraid of death. So I said are you taking precaution and he said death will come if it wants to come. He then said let them kill me, I hope it will cause their removal. I believe he thinks that if the Government kills him the government will have big problems on their hands. I didn’t know what to make of it. Some months after, I told my sister and she told me she and her cousin (one of the Mootoos) was talking about Freddie and she said her cousin told her that he met Freddie and the way Freddie spoke it is as if he wants to die for some big cause.
If I meet with him again I will tell him that Guyana needs him and he should really take the advice of people who knows better. It is really a shame to see Guyana lose such a good son of the soil. I do not ever get involved in politics but I admire the man and what he stands for. I am a very religious person and I pray for my dear relative. I ask all Guyana to pray for him too.
Mr. Vishnu Kissoon