The Attorney-General’s Freudian remark on APNU
The Attorney-General (AG) went through a list of APNU lawyers and then exclaimed that despite all the claims APNU has made of governmental corruption, these lawyers have not filed one, not one writ in court. Of course, either the AG cannot count or he doesn’t know his politics well.
He arrived at three lawyers. If he could have counted or if he knew Guyana’s political actors well, he would have got his numbers right. APNU has many more than three lawyers in its membership
Here is a brief list— Robert Corbin, Joe Harmon, Deborah Backer, Basil Williams, James Bond, Clarrisa Rhiel and Michael Somersall. There are many more attorneys close to APNU and mention should be made that before his death, Gregory Gaskin was with APNU and Winston Felix is nearing his law studies.
Against this list, one should try to ascertain how many writs on behalf of human rights victims or how many constitution matters have been brought before the courts by this battery of lawyers. The answer is hardly any.
Compare the court resorts on behalf of victims by this APNU legal team with just one man – Nigel Hughes. Hughes is virtually the equivalent of all the APNU lawyers put together. So where are these APNU lawyers? The AG has the answer. Why do you think he made that statement? It is worth repeating. He said that for all the claims APNU makes against the Government all the time, he hasn’t seen these opposition lawyers filing writs in court. It was a private citizen, Ramon Gaskin, who went to court to challenge the legality of the Amaila Falls project.
Michael Carrington told me that he is looking for a lawyer to file a constitutional motion against the Government. If you take a number 63 bus from any part of Demerara, it will take you to the end of Berbice. It crosses the Berbice bridge and ends its journey at Springlands. If you take a number 50 bus to go to New Amsterdam, you have to disembark at Rosignol. Number 50 buses are not allowed to cross the bridge to go into New Amsterdam. You have to catch transport from Rosignol to New Amsterdam.
Looked at from any angle, this is open, blatant discrimination and the entire country must be eager to know what is the answer. A Number 63 bus can take you across the bridge into the heart of Region Six but a number 50 bus has to stop at Rosignol.
Carrington is citing discrimination and wants to test the issue in court. Then there is another type of constitutional violation. In Demerara, there is a speedboat service from Georgetown (behind Stabroek Market) to Vreed-en-Hoop thus bypassing the use of the Demerara Harbour Bridge.
In Berbice, speedboat service from Rosignol to New Amsterdam is prevented. Again, the nation must be fascinated to know why you can sail on the Demerara River in a commercial speedboat but not allowed to so do on the Berbice River. One explanation, I was told, was that the company that owns the Berbice Bridge discovered that Jaws is living in the waters and once you put a speed boat on to the water, he will eat the passengers. Jaws, then, is the answer. Isn’t that funny?
The AG wasn’t being stupid or cynical. In a Freudian mistake, he blurted out what the nation knows – APNU is not doing its work for the Guyanese people. One APNU lawyer, James Bond, hasn’t done any work for the school of human rights victims but he has taken a job with Gerry Gouveia to probe why a Gouveia employee was allegedly caught with cocaine at the airport. I can tell Bond why. Please call me 007.
The PPP Government through its Ambassador, Bayney Karran, submitted a report on the Linden crisis to the OAS and inserted a mountain of fictional materials. But can you blame the PPP? It is fighting a political battle. It is doing what it considers is in its power interests. It is the other side that is yet to take to the political arena.
So the opposition has a glorious opportunity to talk to the OAS. Tell the OAS about the one radio station. Show the OAS the different reports on local government reform and who is the main culprit that doesn’t want local democracy.
The PPP is fighting an opposition that won a majority at the 2011 general elections. It has gone to the courts over and over again. It is time the opposition, particularly APNU, does what the PPP is doing. Go to the courts over constitutional violations. Fight the Government! It is your duty!