So you are saying that the PPP failed to gain a majority in the National Assembly because of Kaieteur News! You are saying that it was Kaieteur News that swayed all those die-hard PPP supporters to stay away from the polls!
Kaieteur News must then be a very powerful force, so powerful that it created history in this country, because this is the first time since the return to democracy that the PPP has failed to gain a majority.
I don’t know what you mean that Kaieteur News is the cause of the election result because of its reporting about the sordid things that were taking place within the government.
The job of a newspaper is to report what is happening. Kaieteur News did not manufacture the news, they only reported the news and if the news was not sordid in the first place, if the rut had not stepped in within the administration, there would have been nothing bad to report. So don’t blame Kaieteur News because the people were seeing all along what was taking place. The people are not stupid. Their eyes were open and they know who were responsible for what was going on.
It was not Kaieteur News that signed any contract disposing of the Sanata Complex. It was not Kaieteur News that was responsible for the sale of a major piece of real estate to someone else after the government had spent millions refurbishing the place. It was not Kaieteur News that decided that after the top bidder was no longer interested in a property that the second highest bidder should be bypassed in favour of the third bidder who just happened to be a friend of you know who. It was not Kaieteur News that was refusing to disclose the name of the investor who was to originally build the Mariott Hotel.
It was not Kaieteur News that was refusing to give information about the Mariott Hotel deal. It was not Kaieteur News that has refused to conduct an investigation into the biggest financial disaster in Guyana, the collapse of CLICO.
It was not Kaieteur News that awarded a US$15.4M road contract to Fip. It was not Kaieteur News that allowed for a piece of the reserve to be taken up by a prominent businessman when all around the country people were being removed from off the reserves by the man known as the Hammer.
It was not Kaieteur News that first refused to pay the Diamond sugar estate workers their severance and only when the AFC took up the workers’ cause saw it fit to reverse itself and pay the workers.
It was not Kaieteur News which first issued an invitation for tenders for the one laptop per family project, only to later amend the specifications.
It was not Kaieteur News that was responsible for taking state lands on a massive scale and giving it to private developers who are already rich while there are hundreds of people still waiting their allocations from the housing ministry.
It was not Kaieteur News which in the past gave a waiver from tender board procedures for the award of contracts in the health sector. It was not Kaieteur News that was responsible for the price of the hydroelectric project increasing significantly within a matter of months.
It was not Kaieteur News that was responsible for failing to have many controversial deals laid in parliament. But it was Kaieteur News that had to find out from a newspaper in Jamaica that a deal had been reached with a Chinese firm for the extension of this country’s international airport.
It was not Kaieteur News that purchased three excavators for US$1.5 million dollars when the same could have been had cheaper.
But it was Kaieteur News that showed the high cost of “pumping” in Guyana.
It was not Kaieteur News that built any one-flat building for $69 million. But it was Kaieteur News that asked for the bills of quantities.
It was not Kaieteur News that to date cannot produce an accounting statement for the money that was spent to build the National Stadium. It was not Kaieteur News that removed state ads from the private dailies.
It was not Kaieteur News that built a huge house that caused the public to say, “OooooooH!” And it was not Kaieteur News that took little boys and gave them big wuk and caused the people to say AaaaaaaH!” Some of them lil’ boy also build big house.
It was not Kaieteur News, when the PPP was seemingly cruising to a comfortable electoral majority, that decided to settle scores with old enemies and turned the PPP’s election campaign into a big cuss-out affair. It was not Kaieteur News that banned reporters because they did not ask “positive” questions and retract stories.
It was not Kaieteur News which called sections of the media carrion crows and vultures.
It was not Kaieteur News when the PPP was away ahead in the polls who decided to aggravate the opposition supporters by claiming that one of their leaders had “blood on his hands.”
So, you still want to know why the PPP failed to gain a majority? You still want to know that? Ask the people. They will tell you that it was the barefaced thieving that caused them to stay away, and it was the vicious buse-out on the political platform that turned them off.
The people were stung. They were stung by the ‘Bees’ who were getting all the honey while the sugar workers begging for a little more money.
It was the fattening of the geese that made the PPP supporters stay away from the polls and caused the PPP to not gain a majority. The people saw who were enriching themselves at the public pipe and they decided to vote with their feet, by staying home or walking over to the other side. That is why the PPP failed to gain a majority.
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