Aug 16, 2012 Letters
What in heaven’s name is the AFC and APNU/PNCR doing? They are jumping purposelessly from branch to branch without any indication of any strategic planning or coordination and they are making a mockery of the new dispensation voters in this country granted them on November 28, 2011 to be a responsible, effective and dynamic opposition to keep a minority presidency in check.
One gets the sense these guys in the opposition do not know what they are doing. We all know the PPP is famous for this kind of senseless tomfoolery but the opposition is quickly proving itself to be no different from the incompetent PPP. After the mighty brouhaha over NICIL with the back and forth sparring, we have heard of nothing of substance done by the opposition to bring NICIL and its PPP masters to account.
We have had not one peep since the initial madness. I have maintained and continue to maintain that the APNU/PNC is the laziest political body in Guyana and it continues to be a massive disservice and letdown to the mostly Africans who support it. As the much larger opposition body/party, it should have continued to beat the drums on NICIL.
We should have had a motion to reverse the APNU/PNC’s foolishness which allowed Ashni Singh’s wife to be appointed as Audit Director. We should have had proper parliamentary motions forcing the PPP to bring NICIL’s information to the table and forcing an independent audit of NICIL.
To date… nothing… nada… zilch. We are talking about an entity that has handled trillions of dollars of this nation’s assets. Yet we cannot hear from the opposition and there has been a gross dropping of the ball on NICIL.
Do these opposition parties think the Guyanese nation is a pack of fools? Do they think the Guyanese voters will continue to support them if they continue this grave incompetence? Look at what the corruption and incompetence did to the PPP in the last election. While it is fine and dandy to support Lindeners over the loss of a $2.2 billion subsidy, we have a bigger elephant in the room with many billions more than $2.2 billion not accounted for and verified by NICIL. Where is the court action by the opposition over NICIL?
The PPP is challenging the opposition at every turn over issues it knows it cannot win in court but wants to harass and fatigue the opposition yet the opposition has not brought a single court action against the PPP. Ramjattan, Backer, Bond, Hughes, Trotman and Corbin and others are lawyers. Where are they when there is a desperate need to take the fight through the courts to the PPP to bring accountability and transparency to government? Why has an opposition with all these prominent lawyers tabled only one single piece of legislation in nearly nine months since the election? If the opposition does not shape up in the near future, it will lead to serious political inertia in Guyana. We will see even worse apathy than the 2006 election in this country. If this laziness continues hand in hand with the PPP’s corruption, we could see just around 60% of the electorate showing up to vote in the next election. The PPP and PNC/APNU will definitely get less than the 48.6% and 40% they respectively secured in 2011. The AFC will increase its vote share but it will be pointless when massive numbers of voters simply stay away from the election because of a corrupt and depraved PPP and a lazy opposition. Maybe this is what we need to kill racial voting in Guyana. The only problem is while racial voting may be slaughtered in this sort of political environment, our country of newfound brotherly love gets flushed down the toilet.
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