The Alliance for Change believes that PPP/C Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar has dropped out of sight and whenever he does make an appearance it is in the presence of President Bharrat Jagdeo.
This assertion came at the party’s weekly media briefing at its John Street, Campbellville headquarters where Members of Parliament and another executive member discussed among other issues the governing party’s use of state resources for elections campaigning and their unhappiness with Government’s treatment of people of Kwakwani.
Addressing the contention that the PPP/C is using state resources and funds to generally support and finance its 2011 elections campaign, AFC Presidential Candidate and Member of Parliament, Khemraj Ramjattan, said “We feel that state resources are being abused and used to support the campaign of Donald Ramotar”.
He cited the proliferation of billboards featuring Mr Ramotar along the roadways, and the PPPC candidate’s travels with President Jagdeo including recent journeys to communities across Guyana, and travels to New York and Trinidad and Tobago.
“All that makes it very unfair,” Mr Ramjattan said.
The AFC also described as ‘inadequate’ the response by the Civil Defence Commission to the extensive flooding suffered by residents of Lamp Island and other Kwakwani areas close to the Berbice River.
Describing Guyana’s Civil Defence Commission as being in a perpetually unprepared state, Ramjattan said, “One would have expected that given Guyana’s history of periodic flooding, the work of this commission would have been sufficiently funded, manned and monitored to ensure sustained preparedness. The ad hoc response to flooding in Guyana is of serious concern to the AFC”.
The party called for an examination of the feasibility of relocation of these residents, and said that if workable, Government should significantly fund it.
The AFC expressed appreciation for relief action taken by the religious community to alleviate the suffering flood victims.
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