On Monday evening, I was sitting next to my wife in our study, chatting with her while she read her accountancy book. The phone rang. It was a distant relative. The time was about 20:00 hours. He said to me that the daughter of his good friend has been raped, that mother and daughter are at the A&E of the Georgetown Public Hospital, and that the mother wants to talk to me.
I got on my mobile and called Dale Andrews of Kaieteur News, Julia Johnson and Nazima Ragubir of Prime News, Dennis Chabrol and Mark Benschop. I failed to make cell phone contact with four Stabroek News journalists and with Gordon Moseley of Capitol News. As I was leaving home, my wife asked me to come back safely.
Twice I almost didn’t come back to my family, barely surviving the violent visitors who came out of the night. Yet we are supposed to be celebrating on October 5, 1992 which according to President Ramotar, heralded the return of freedom to Guyanese. One of these days when the daughter of Cheddi and Janet Jagan, Nadira, is in Guyana, I would ask her to meet my daughter. Remember Nadira publicly said she cannot help hating people who criticize her mother because her mother was a good woman. I think my daughter would say that her father is a good man and that he does not belong to an organization that sends attackers to kill other citizens.
We arrived at the hospital and met a distressed mother. I was told that a “favoured one” had raped the sixteen-year-old daughter of his subordinate when the girl visited her father’s workplace. The allegation was that she was drugged and suffered forceful sex. The mother spoke intermittently to us because she had to be with the doctors but my relative had told me what happened. The father, a well known State employee (who once said publicly that he knew Stevie Wonder when he lived in the USA) arrived at the hospital.
And after an hour, the mother disappeared. She didn’t use the normal entrance of A&E. She then said she wanted the issue to be dropped. I guess you know what happened.
One or more of the persons who were to be at the event at the Convention Centre the next night (Tuesday) to celebrate October 5, 1992 had done what they knew they had to do. That is the end of the story.
Reminds me of a similar incident, a very similar incident. I went to the Ministry of Education but was rebuffed by the mother. This incident had to do with a medical doctor who was asked to take a little girl home after the celebrations at State House of Dr. Jagan’s death anniversary. He took her home alright; but to another home, his house, not too far from the Ogle airport; in fact on the same airport road. The doctor and his October 5, 1992 friends had “fixed” up the girl’s mother. So there are two incidents I have investigated where underage daughters were alleged to have been raped and “hush” money did the trick.
So I guess the tale of high drama involving a “favoured one” and a fifteen-year old girl just vanished into thin air. What has not vanished is the barefacedness of those who have the temerity to tell us that the election results of October 5, 1992 brought back freedom to Guyana.
In Guyana, if freedom has returned then this is a nation of sick fools. Why if we have freedom, 14 citizens migrate each day to the US and that excludes migration to Canada and CARICOM territories plus illegal migration to the world which in common parlance is known as back-track.
The World Bank put the figure at 85 percent of those with a tertiary education who permanently leave these shores.
The victory of October 5, 1992 was celebrated last Tuesday at the Convention Centre by the PPP Government at a time when pensioners may have their freedom to survive taken away from them. The NIS is operating with a deficit and if it continues, this wonderful institution that the PNC Government of Forbes Burnham give to us may float away under the Berbice Bridge which was built by the money of the NIS, money that belongs to Guyana’s pensioners.
The biggest irony of October 5, 2012 was that it was broadcast on the country’s only radio station owned by the Government. One radio station, rape allegations, a dying NIS and police killing of youths have overshadowed the circus of October 5, 1992. Did Karl Marx know where Guyana was?
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