(AFC Presidential Candidate Khemraj Ramjattan’s Speech at Linden Town Week 2011)
Thank you Madam Chairperson, Esteemed members present, Friends all,
Lindeners you are indeed a resilient community of Guyanese. Knowing all about the numerous trials and tribulations you have experienced economically and otherwise, this effort to continue and maintain the Linden Week of celebrations in this grand manner is simply magnificent.
Whereas other towns would have despaired and grown hopeless, you have found hope to proudly carry on. Congratulations to you and full compliments to the organizers.
This once finest and flourishing of mining communities must continue to remain strong, must continue to weather the storm because Linden and her citizens are only months away from a re-commencement and resurgence into viability and prosperity as a result of the change that is coming.
Like all Guyana, Lindeners, too, must believe that change is just around the corner.
Of course what tomorrow will be depends on the choices we make today. And so it is true that what our country will be next year will depend on the choices we make this year.
My fellow Lindeners you have been kind and generous in your support of the Alliance For Change since its formation. Thank you so much. Your generosity in 2006 allowed us to make our impact felt nationwide and internationally.
It resonates in and out of Parliament; and, we have ensured that impact to be of a proportion far in excess of our numbers.
I, as the Party’s Candidate this time around, plea for that continued and even greater support so that we together will see an end to the unbearable dissonance between promise and performance, between good politics and good policies, between that which is professed and that which is practiced.
We must reset our moral and political compass if we are to build a Linden and a Guyana fit for our children and grandchildren we will be proud of. I will not adumbrate the litany of woes which face us as a nation today and which challenges the realization of that future. You know them more than I do.
Suffice to say, however, they are substantially the result of choices made previously which must be changed.
Our correct choices in the coming months, choices premised on reason and not emotion, will be the first steps towards ensuring that compassion trumps arrogance, that justice triumphs over greed, and community selflessness prevails over individual selfishness.
Brothers and Sisters, by making that right turn we will see that by the next time we meet here hundreds of jobs for Lindeners would have been set in motion as a consequence of the start up of the Linden-Lethem Highway. This project will be of the utmost priority.
Scores of entrepreneurs will be teeming this Region 10 for the 200,000 + hectares of intermediate savannahs for export-oriented crop cultivation, creating Guyana’s second agricultural frontier.
And not only will the foundations be set for Linden by this time next year to become the main entry point for eco-tourism expansion, but very importantly Lindeners will have a number of television stations from which to view these developments and more. Not only the stiflingly regimented NCN!
I love you. The AFC loves you. Have a swell time and enjoy your Linden Week of Celebrations.
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