About the “lack of accountability and more excuses” letter detailing the widespread corruption in Guyana, there may be more – and worse – such exposures to come over the next several years – the world over, if truth be known.
I would like to adjust the statement that “They are just like the previous party that was in government”. Having regard to ethnicity, the action might be the same but the (present) scale is different – gargantuan by comparison. Greed has made its masterpiece.
While in Guyana in the mid-1990s, I experienced this barefaced greed mainly among the building fraternity, by being charged ‘the tourist rate’ for work on my house. One ethnic group of workmen might multiply the market rate by 3-4; the other group by 200-300 – or much more. (I was charged by one grasping man $100,000 to mend a leaking roof).
All the workmen were recommended to me, so I took them at face value, much to the subsequent embarrassment of their ‘sponsors’, who were furious.
Recently, while at Timehri, awaiting my flight, I noticed the number of outgoing passengers, each required to pay $4,000 as departure tax, and wondered what Guyana got in return for that tax. I tried to figure out, too, what citizens got in return for the VAT on their food, etc.
On the way to the airport, when we were held up behind a long lines of vehicles, due to road works, the taxi driver speculated about the wisdom of widening the present road, rather than building a feeder road to the airport. I saw his point, but there may be a technical reason for this, rather than incompetence. We both hoped craters would not appear in a few years’ time.
Funny, how easy it is to become capricious and irresponsible with other people’s money.
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