Jul 04, 2008 Features / Columnists
As far back as the Medieval Ages people were suspicious of those who protest a lot or those who simply spoke too much.
They knew that when someone displayed such traits that person was either hiding something or wanted present an image that was more imagined than real.
For weeks the government has been hearing a lot of noise from Freddie Kissoon that people in the know became suspicious and decided to examine what it is that he wants to hide or to disguise.
Children as the same and parents would know that when a child is most insistent then that is the time the parent should be most attentive.
For weeks on end Freddie Kissoon has been writing about the absence of democracy, the presence of a dictatorship in Guyana, the absence of a supportive government and so even the presence of a solitary radio station in Guyana . Without fail, there has not been a day when either or all of these so-called issues did not feature in the pieces he writes.
If one repeats a lie often enough he is bound to believe it and such is the case of Freddie Kissoon. He has started to believe himself so he repeats the lies, if only for his own benefit.
For the records, it was the government that introduced in Parliament what is now known as an all party democracy. Every Parliamentarian can now access the floor by way of motions without special notice.
Through the very Parliament there are constitutional bodies that never existed, among them the Ethnic Relations Commission, the Rights of the Child Commission, and a commission to examine the assets of every person holding public office.
The government has also set up forums for the hearing of complaints and there are firm guidelines for the necessary actions.
There is also the Revenue Authority that is tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that everyone pays what is due to the state so that the people are not fleeced and burdened unnecessarily.
But Freddie Kissoon keeps carping on what he sees as a dictatorship and it is here that the government should pay some attention to his uttering because surely he is hiding something and an examination is necessary.
There is a law that mandates that people declare all gifts over and above a certain sum. An examination has led the authorities to ascertain that Mr Kissoon is the beneficiary of gifts totaling millions of dollars but in the records, there are no declarations.
For a man who earns a lowly salary as a lecturer at the University of Guyana there is need to examine the source of his assets that now allows him to live in relative splendour. The time is ripe for the revenue authority to conduct an audit of Mr Kissoon and steps are being taken for this to be done.
It is not that people cannot own property. Many people do own property over and above what their earnings would allow. Investigations would show that these people got tremendous support from relatives overseas. However, it is mandatory that they declare the extent of support to the revenue authority.
There have been cases where there have been such investigations and the persons were demanded to pay the required taxes. This must be the case with Mr Kissoon. Already by his own admission, he is withholding taxes on some of his earnings and this is criminal.
Yet there is another aspect to Mr Kissoon that needs examination. When he was some distance from the age of retirement his criticisms were not so strident; when he secured favours from the government all was peace and quiet; when he was refused things that he craved but to which he was not entitled he bared his fangs and snarled for days on end.
The government still hears about his loss of an advisory position when Moses Nagamootoo was the Minister of Information. But the reality is that the time is fast approaching when he must retire from the University of Guyana and this is his biggest worry.
He fervently hopes that the government would allow him to continue long after he is retired hence his strident noises about dictatorship which, when translated, simply means objection to Freddie Kissoon.
There is a lot more to Freddie Kissoon and his accusations but everything in due time. The quote “Beware, thou protest too much.”
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