Linden complains but Aishalton suffers
There is an old saying that goes, “I complained of having no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet”.
It is widely reported that the people of Linden consumes three times the electricity of the average Guyanese consumer. The students of Aishalton Secondary School, in Region 9, are forced to use candles for lights.
This has proven to be disastrous since fires have been known to start in the dorms resulting in burnt mattresses, etc. In order to avoid reoccurrences, they are now using torchlights. The hospital, police station and the government administrative offices are supplied from the same source.
The People of Linden are burning bridges while the people traversing the trails of South Rupununi have to spend days on either side of the Konar Bridge enduring the wet conditions, mosquitoes, other insects bites and hunger waiting for the water to recede. The bridge was broken last year.
According to Lindeners, some 70% of the working population is unemployed but they still find monies to purchase expensive appliances which consume more electricity than anywhere else in the country.
The people of Linden are fortunate to have the support of the opposition parties to further their struggles. On the other hand, Amerindians have to go it alone remembered by those parties only at election time.
Now the Presidential Advisor on Governance and the Works Minister are saying that all damaged infrastructure will be rebuilt in Linden. I would have at least expect that those in authority would turn their attention to the plight of the students of Aishalton Secondary School so that there should not be a reoccurrence of what happened at the Waramadong Secondary School dorms where three students were burnt to death.