Jul 22, 2013 Letters
As concerned Guyanese, we want to inform the public that almost 18 months after assuming office, it is with the gravest of disappointment to observe that His Excellency President Donald Ramotar has done very little with respect to the creation of jobs for the youths in Guyana, end or reduce corruption, reduce crime and illegal drug trafficking or establish the Public Procurement Commission which is urgently needed for transparency and accountability.
This is in light of the fact that as the General Secretary of the PPP, Mr. Ramotar said in December 2009 that he is “upset with the non-establishment of the Public Procurement Commission.” This is not the word of Dr. Rose and Harish Singh; this is the word of His Excellency the President as verified in this article: https://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2009/12/14/ramotar-upset-with-non-establishment-of-public-procurement-commission/.
Is this a situation of a classic flip-flop from His Excellency? Or is this a case of a sitting President who is incapable of fulfilling his basic promise to the people? As the holder of the highest constitutional office, the President is the Leader of the Nation, he is the most powerful office holder in the land; but yet today he has concretized a reputation of being incapable of delivering on his word. As a matter of fact, the promises he made during the last election have been thrown in the dust bin. This is the habit of the cabal who over the years had promised the people the moon and the stars but has not even delivered a pale of water to them.
But the people are aware of their false and empty promises as was reminded by the residents of East Bank Berbice that the President did not keep his promise to build the East Bank Berbice highway by 2013. He has not kept his promise to the people of Linden.
But most importantly, the President has not fulfilled his promise to the nation to sanction those officials accused of corruption at NCN despite repeated recommendations from the Chairman and NCN Board of Directors to do so. Again, we asked, is he incapable of delivering on his word? You be the judge!
The opposition, especially the leader of APNU, seems to lose sight on these and other important issues because we were informed that he has not raised them with the President during their meetings. To Mr. Granger we say, do not compromise the rights of your supporters as your predecessor did for over a decade. To do so would result in you loosing the little credibility and trust you have left with the people. If the President is incapable to deliver on his word, how can we expect any better from his Ministers, Permanent Secretaries or the heads of various government agencies?
We now understand why all the plans and programs in Guyana are in a constant state of decay and not delivering value for money for the people? If the President cannot keep his promises to the people, why should anyone else? We are convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt why the PPP did not win a majority of the votes in the last election despite spending over half billion dollars to stage a series of free concerts where words such as “If Jesus Christ could vote, he would have voted for the PPP” were uttered.
We plead with His Excellency to revisit his statement of 2009 as well as others and use them to re-evaluate what kind of partnership he really wants with the people; one based on “my word is my honour” or one based on “do not listen to me since I do not keep my promises” or “I have to consult my predecessor before I act.” Either way, this is not the way to govern a nation.
Dr. Asquith Rose and Harish S. Singh
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