Sep 06, 2010 Letters
Emile Mervin’s paranoia with the messenger as against the message in his letter, “Anonymous letter writers….” (Kaieteur News 01-09-10) does not ignore the fact that the letter, “AFC’s brand of politics is no good for women, democracy nor Guyanese” (Kaieteur News 31-08-10) raised some pertinent concerns about the AFC.
The acceptance of gender marginalisation by Sheila Holder in a modern age when women have come into their own and discriminatory barriers against them are now unconstitutional it is unfortunate and a slap in the face of women activists and the feminist movement.
The desire for power or the spoils of being a parliamentarian cannot be greater than the relegated acceptance of an inferior role and sending a message to women and little girls that there are unequal to men and boys.
Mervin continues the fiction that the AFC is not into race pandering like the PNCR or PPP when the AFC has been the boldest in its race pandering with its institutionalisation of a system of rotating leaders and presidential candidate of an Indian man and an African man. The AFC is openly making it known that if you are not male of African or Indian origin you will not be the party’s number one and two men or its presidential candidate. Sheila’s relegated inferior acceptance by the macho-leaders is also telling women that in this party you will have to walk two steps behind the men, you will have to know your place, you inferior gender. Yet persons wonder about the escalation of domestic violence and disrespect for women when there are two glaring examples from the Chief Citizen and the AFC. The poster incidents that women should rail against are in the corridors of power presiding over the nation’s government and making laws on the nation’s behalf.
“To date, the main charges against the AFC are that their two principal leaders held on to their parliamentary seats after resigning the PPP and PNC, the Gaumattie Singh flare-up, “ so said Mervin.
He is not following the news or being dishonest. A few days ago the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) lashed out at the AFC for supporting the PPP in the appointments of members to the Public Service Commission (PSC), none of whom where the GPSU’s nominee whose members’ welfare the PSC presides over. Freddie Kissoon was vocal about Sheila Holder’s tragic performance at an ERC consultative exercise.
The AFC votes with the PPP even when the acts are discriminatory and will adversely affect their constituents. The list goes on and on. In five short years the AFC has done collateral damage to the nation and its psyche.
Leave the AFC for another five years there will ensure the relegation of women be standard practice and in keeping with Sheila’s style she will either support it out of her complex to be seen as being balanced or sheer confusion, then with aplomb in the best pseudo queen’s dialect she’d give her customary response, “ The dice was cast. There is no need to rant or rave, or cry over split milk.”
Amerindian, Portuguese, Chinese and European will know that they can never be leader, prime minister or president once they are in the AFC. And all will be lead to believe that it’s ok to be indecent, confidence tricksters, draw taxpayers’ money under false pretense, diss the constituents and walk the corridors of power.
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