Oct 08, 2011 Letters
The PPP concert at Albion on the Corentyne last Sunday will not fool Guyanese. After almost 19 years of PPP rule, there are endless crimes, corruption, drug cartels, hundreds of destitute women and children, lack of jobs, neglect of the youths, contempt of the law, and countless rapes and sexual abuse of teenage boys and girls.
All the speakers heaped praise upon the government without mentioning any of the above problems. And when it was President Jagdeo’s turn, he reminded the audience of the Burnham era. He told them to compare today’s Guyana to the one twenty years ago when the PNC was in power. He did not address any of the problems noted above. And the presidential hopeful Mr Donald Ramotar did the same.
It is ridiculous for the Jagdeo/Ramotar duo to use the PNC era of twenty years ago to compare the record of the PPP. No rational person would make such comparison unless they are afraid to campaign on their record. This is the problem with the Jagdeo/Ramotar PPP. It is vastly different from the Cheddi Jagan PPP.
Further, none of the speakers attempted to discuss plans to solve crimes, corruption, narco-trafficking, power blackouts, jobs for the thousands of qualified youths, migration, and the over-taxation of the working class that has reduced them to a low standard of living.
All across Guyana, there are hundreds of destitute children and women, thousands of starving people, massive unemployment, and countless murders and robberies, yet none was addressed at Albion by the speakers. Was this a willful attempt by the PPP to ignore these problems and instead tell its supporters that all is well in Guyana?
These problems have and continue to affect the real development of Guyana and the PPP government seems to have no clue as to how to solve them. Mr. Ramotar has given us the impression that road and bridge repairs and the giving of laptops and house lots to people will be his priorities if he wins. Sir, what about GuySuCo where you have been a director for almost 20 years?
Both Mr. Ramotar and Mr. Jagdeo should know by now that Guyanese are wiser than they thought. The PPP has been having poor attendance at their public meetings in Kitty, Enterprise on the East Coast of Demerara, at Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara, and at Kingston—all of which had less than forty people.
Rather than campaigning on their poor record, the leaders of the PPP believe that they can fool Guyanese into believing that the PPP has improved their lives.
If one listens to President Jagdeo, one gets the impression that he is doing Guyanese a favour by repairing roads and bridges, building new schools and hospitals etc.
This is the duty of the government. The role of the government is to serve the people and not the other way around.
It is time for the voters to hold Jagdeo and the PPP accountable for an overtaxed system, crimes; drug cartels, corruption; discrimination; nepotism, the poor health care and educational systems; the malfunction of GuySuCo; lack of jobs for the youths, and the meagre wages/salaries paid to civil/public servants.
It is time for Guyanese to be told the truth about the so-called Phantom Squad, Roger Khan, Edul Ahmad, the murders of Minister Sash Sawh and Ronald Waddell, the $300 million computer scandal, the one laptop per family disgrace scheme, the saga surrounding the Amaila Falls Hydro Project, the $69 million NIS building at Corriverton, the bogus contracts and scandalous land sale deals to relatives and friends of PPP leaders.
Change is on the way. An AFC government led by Khemraj Ramjattan and Raphael Trotman will invest in the economy and people, double the pension of seniors from $7,500 to $15,000, increase the wages and salaries of civil/public servants by 20%, reduce PAYE from 33% to 25%, VAT from 16% to 12%, and reduce the power of the executive presidency by changing the constitution.
There will no longer be one radio station in Guyana but many, and Lindeners will have several TV stations instead of one.
With a liberal democratic government, the AFC will restore pride and courage in people and change the political and economic landscape in Guyana.
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