When a government in a turbulent multi-racial environment cannot be sensitive to ethnic complaints, then things have to fall into a chasm. It has been like that for a long time now in Guyana, exacerbated by the mindless mediocrity and mind-boggling asininity of the politics and policies of Bharrat Jagdeo (who needs to collect an award from an African country by now – the same Jagdeo who in a multi-racial society went to New York to participate in an Indian festival and said “India is alive and well in Guyana”).
Here is an example of ethnic insensitivity or maybe ethnic discrimination or even blatant political discrimination. Three senior positions at the University of Guyana must be advertised at home and abroad. They are the Director of the Berbice Campus, the Bursar (Chief Financial Officer) and the Registrar. The first two were not advertised, breaking with tradition and convention. The contract of the Berbice Director was renewed in my presence in the UG Council without any debate (except for my intervention).
In the case of the Bursar, the Vice-Chancellor gave him a negative evaluation. Again in my presence in the UG Council, his contract was renewed without advertisement. We come now to Mr. Vincent Alexander, the Registrar. He is the only one whose position will be advertised. The first two who received favoured treatment were East Indians. It may not be ethnic bias at all in Alexander’s case. But then again it could be. And what about the story that it was Alexander who secured the correct seat allocation in Parliament after the Chief Election Officer was on his way to the Pegasus to announce a wrong statistical outlay? Is Alexander a victim of political repression? I am entitled to my opinion. I believe he is.
On Tuesday, the committee that is in the forefront for corrective action at UG (that goes by the name ‘Operations Rescue UG’) met with Prem Misir after Misir was asked by the Trinidad-based Chancellor, Dr. Compton Bourne. Here now is a manifestation of a government that is incredibly and unbelievably barefaced. Dr. Misir told the committee that it was a mistake not to advertise the post of Berbice Director, it was a second mistake not to advertise the position of Bursar and since there were two mistakes made, the UG Council wants to avoid a third error and therefore the right thing to do is to invite competition to fill the vacancy of the Registrar.
These people think Guyanese are jackasses. Who would believe that cock-and-bull drama of two mistakes? What the Guyanese people need to know is that PPP UG Councilor and PPP Parliamentarian, Bibi Shadick, was in the forefront arguing for Alexander’s station to be advertised but she applied for the same position the last time it became vacant. Her application came in front of me as a UG Councilor and I thought it was a conflict of interest and threw it in the wastepaper basket. The egregious fact is that the PPP Councilors at UG want Alexander out.
The meeting with Misir achieved nothing because all he wanted to do was to repair roof and fix pipes while the negotiators wanted to talk about the nature of the UG Council and the political agenda it has. At the time of writing, ‘Operations Rescue UG’ is meeting with the Alliance for Chance at the Sidewalk Café. On Tuesday, it met with David Granger. I explained to Mr. Granger what the PPP has done to the UG Council. Here is a brief recap of my presentation to APNU.
There are nine Government appointed members of the UG Council, eight of whom are PPP card-bearing members and the other is an employee at the Ministry of Education. Of that eight, four are PPP Parliamentarians, one is the Presidential Advisor on Governance, (Gail Teixeira), and another is the Press and Publicity Advisor to the President (Prem Misir). Of those nine, four are heads of district PPP groups – Nirmal Rekha, (Annandale), Pulandar Khandai (Cummings Lodge-Industry), attorney Annamaya (Canje), Indra Chandarpal (Ogle). Prem Misir sits in the PPP BelAir group.
How did the PPP nine members on the UG Council got there? That is an intriguing tale that I have related to David Granger yesterday and Gerhard Ramsaroop of the AFC just before he went into dialogue with Khemraj Ramjattan and others with “Operation Rescue UG.”
It will shock Guyanese to see how the PPP barefacedly manipulated the laws of Guyana to stack its people on the UG Council. APNU and the AFC have promised not only the UG stakeholders but the Guyanese people that this masturbation, charade, masquerade and farce will come to an end soon.
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