Mar 22, 2013 Letters
Let us examine Ganesh Mahipaul’s letter titled “Wakenaam residents are receiving primitive treatment” (KN, March 21, 2013).
Wakenaam is a PPP stronghold. Mahipaul documents the neglect the PPP has so callously heaped upon the people of Wakenaam. Electricity is unavailable during working hours and is limited to evening hours.
The hospital has to send patients to another hospital off the island. Basic services are restricted by the lack of electricity. Education is affected. There are no street lights and roads are in an atrocious state. Drinking water is filled with mud and rust.
Yes folks, this is a PPP stronghold. The residents have asked, begged and got down on their knees to the government they voted for. Yet it has all fallen on deaf ears. And it will continue to fall on deaf ears.
The PPP has no incentive to listen to the Ganesh Mahipauls and residents like him of PPP strongholds in Guyana. Why would the PPP listen when after the people of PPP strongholds have been used, abused, mistreated, discarded, hoodwinked, politically fooled, misled and bamboozled, they turn around and beg and prostrate themselves before the PPP?
Even worse, they threaten civil disobedience only after begging their abusers and deniers.
To threaten civil disobedience after begging signals weakness. Giving the victimizers opportunity to consider whether to continue victimizing you or not after years of rubbishing you is a pathetic psychological response.
This tragic and despairing state of affairs has been in place in Wakenaam since before the last elections, yet the majority of these same people complaining, groaning and moaning in anger today were similarly peeved before November 2011 and they still voted overwhelmingly for the PPP.
The charlatans at Freedom House may be pathetic leaders, but they are no fools when it comes to dirty, controlling and demeaning politics. When Wakenaamers had their opportunity to really send a message to the PPP in the November 2011 election, they refused to do so.
With another scheduled election three years away, why should the PPP listen to these islanders now when they already got their votes and with it the ability to build Pradoville mansions with pristine running water, around-the-clock electricity and street lights?
Why should the PPP leadership not wait closer to the 2016 election knowing these same Wakenaam residents will vote for the PPP the moment the party cosmetically fixes some roads or restores better electricity supply that lasts only for a few months?
The threat of little or no votes in the next election that Mahipaul proffers is but a red herring and empty and idle flight of fancy. The PPP got Wakenaam’s votes in just November 2011, although these problems were cripplingly prevalent in the community long before the election.
The people of Wakenaam are trapped by their actions and conduct. They are creatures of habit and the PPP controllers understand them very well.
These letters from PPP strongholds remind us of the psychological-political disease that has afflicted this country and why we get the government we deserve. Politicians only understand the language of power and more specifically, voting power.
If Wakenaamers are willing to sacrifice their quality of life to vote for a party that ignores and mistreats that quality of life, they have to live by that condition they have created for themselves. Instead of sending a message to the PPP, they are using beggarliness and empty threats to further allow the PPP to mastermind them.
In developed countries, politicians never get away with abuse of their constituencies. They are reminded in the ballot boxes… and do they ever wake up!
I feel for the people of Wakenaam but change cannot come from begging your oppressor. It comes from taking a stand that rattles those oppressors to the core. That requires courage, a scarce commodity in Guyana.
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