By refusing to hold fresh Local Government Elections (after 20 years) we now effectively have a rogue government, and a dictatorship. The recalcitrant PPP regime has aborted the democratic process in its quest to hold on to power at all cost, and by any means necessary. “Power” has become their cash cow, and no one can move their “cheese” – or at least so they think.
This power in the first place belongs to the people and is only on loan to the Government for a brief period of time (be it 3, 4 or 5 years) until new elections are held. Each citizen owns a fraction of this power, which does not mean much on its own. However, it is enough to vote in a government (or a person) once it is pooled together as is the case at an election. This power therefore is the “personal property” of each free adult citizen, which should be returned to him/her at the end of the term stipulated by law. To hold on to this power, and to refuse to return it to the people who loaned it to you is like refusing to repay someone who loaned money to you. In other words, you are now a crook.
President Donald Ramotar by refusing to call Local Government Elections is therefore refusing to return that power you loaned to him so that you can pool it again to elect your new representatives. He wants to rob you of the power, which has been vested in you by virtue of the constitution of Guyana. The constitution in its generosity has in turn given the President, and his Minister all the power they need to make Local Government Elections a reality. However, they lack the political will to use the very power vested in them by the people, and for the people.
Mr. Desmond Hoyte once said to me (during a one-on-one discussion on this issue) that it was these very powers that made it possible for him to transform Guyana in such a short period of time. The constitution is on the side of the President, the only thing needed is the POLITICAL WILL to do the right thing. I guess what the framers of the constitution did not envisage is that not everyone is a Desmond Hoyte. These powers are enormous and once a rogue President gets his hands on them, then God help Guyana, as is currently the case. This is the very PPP that would have you believe that they are the champions of democracy. Now we have lived to see that it was actually President Hugh Desmond Hoyte who truly embraced the democratic principles by making free and fair elections possible in 1992. As it relates to democracy and good governance, President Hoyte is still the brightest bulb on the chandelier. The recalcitrant PPP regime is reversing our political fortunes and they must be sacked at the earliest opportunity. Sacking them will also help to arrest the rapid decay in the moral fabric of the society.
The PPP went into government in 1992 with the glorious promise of correcting the sins of the past. However, now that they are in power, they are using these very sins to justify their own tyranny instead. Our nation has been duped. This generation is ready and capable of charting a course for itself and has no interest in the politics of nostalgia. We will not be governed from the grave.
In fact, you do not need the constitution to make you do the right thing. If something is wrong just fix it. Instead, the PPP does the wrong thing then combs the law books to see if they can find suitable laws to somehow justify their actions. If they find none, they will then bend, twist, stretch, and massage the existing one in every which way to try and make it justify their wicked schemes and machinations. When this fails, they run to the courts in a last ditch attempt to frustrate the process. The rule of law and good governance are not part of their agenda, and natural psyche.
We recently heard a very senior Minister in the PPP regime warning that very powerful (evil) forces are at work. He warned that people (who are exposing the regime) will be taken down by the bullets. The Kaieteur News for example will be made a slaughter house (for the 2nd time). Such is the extreme that the PPP is willing to go to hold on to power. I want to assure the electorate that there are lots of good people on your side, and you have nothing to fear as good always conquers evil. I fear no man. What would frighten this coolie, would kill a million “chatree coolie” (whatever that means).
A luta continua.
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