Judge to husband, “Do you accept the statement you signed to in this petition?” Husband with face pointed to the floor; “Yuh Anna, meh ah guh with women and have sex when meh drink.”
Judge; “Then you agree that you have been unfaithful in the marriage?” “Yes, yuh Anna meh agree.” Judge to both parties; “The marriage is hereby annulled”
The reality between this husband/wife team tells a different story. What was told to the judge was not true, was a plot of lies and fiction. But it had to be told to get the marriage dissolved. Under a 1933 law, a divorce could only be granted under one of three situations; desertion, domestic abuse and infidelity.
This is Guyana of course, the land that time and God abandoned. There are times you wonder if God does in fact exist when you think of why he lets Guyana suffer from such primitive ignorance. After living in Guyana and seeing how sheepish, prehistoric and ignorant its people are, I can understand why the Archbishop of Canterbury said what he uttered.
He said; “There are moments, sure, where you think ‘Is there a God? Where is God?’
The other day I was praying as I was running and I ended up saying to God: ‘Look, this is all very well but isn’t it about time you did something – if you’re there?” (end of quote; source – Guardian online edition, September 28, 2014)
Every day I say to God, “If you are there, then do something about Guyana. After all, Dear God, no other group of people can be as abysmally ignorant as Guyanese. My dear God, did you in fact create these misfits?” Yes, I do say this everyday to the Almighty. When you look at the Guyanese people and their ancient psychology, don’t you speak to God too?
The husband and wife duo had to lie to the judge, because that was the only way to get the divorce. In today’s world, the modern world, a judge can annul a marriage if both parties simply tell the judge they have become irreconcilably distant from each other. Why does a country, after fifty years of Independence, have to retain a 1933 law on divorce that in today’s world has long become outdated?
Last month, me and two AFC members – Leonard Craig and Dennis Atwell – went to Parliament to uplift a copy of the dress code. I will quote from this miserable piece of paper. The dress code for the Parliament of Guyana consists of two lines only. It says; “Do not wear revealing, bright-coloured and/or denim clothing; denim is a coarse twilled cloth, usually cotton used for jeans, overalls, and work uniform.”
Can you imagine the vulgar ignorance of the Guyana Parliament? Why single out denim? Jeans are made from other fabrics not denim only. What is wrong with khaki trousers, a Dockers pants and a denim jeans? They look exactly the same. In the High Court, the dress code is policed by police constables (yes, constables not university educated superintendents who would have had some exposure to what aesthetics mean) and they haven’t a clue what is sober colours and what are bright patterns.
This is the state of this nation. Every day the constables at the High Court turn away litigants who must be present in court, simply because their clothing is not of sober colour. Incidentally, no citizen can gain access to the High Court from the Charlotte Street entrance except judges, lawyers and court officials. If you are in Charlotte Street, you have to walk to Croal Street to gain entry. Surely, God cannot be that foolish to make a people named Guyanese.
Please pick up a copy of the Official Gazette, dated September 27, 2014. On page 1958 are the High Court cases. Among them is an indictment against Sereste Odinga for “buggery of a female idiot.” Those are not my words. They are taken from the Gazette. Under an old, old law, a woman of unsound mind is legally classified as an idiot. So under the law, Mr. Odinga is charged with an alleged crime against a female idiot.
At UG and the NIS only five categories of person can sign your pension form – Justice of the Peace, police inspector, medical doctor, minister of religion and secretary of a trade union. How asininely ironic is this hell hole named Guyana. Even the Vice Chancellor of UG cannot sign your pension form, because he does not fall into the five categories. The general-manager of the NIS cannot sign your form because she too falls outside the five categories.
Today I will ask God, if he made all people on earth. In my book it can’t be so.
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