In the face of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) poise on revelations about the Attorney General’s(AG) proclaimed
knowledge of a planned violent attack on Kaieteur News staffers, award winning author, Ruel Johnson, has expressed his opinion that the Party has completely lost its way.
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration has come under severe condemnation for its pledged support for Anil Nandlall, the Attorney General.
His conversation that was by no means becoming for any decent citizen, moreover a government official, was recorded and made public.
In a profanity laced tape, Nandlall was heard suggesting that plans were afoot to violently attack Kaieteur News and kill “innocent people.”
He was also heard making uncouth remarks about a female.
This issue is one of many issues plaguing the Guyanese society. It has captured the attention of many non-political organizations as well as individuals who consider themselves advocates for democracy and a better Guyana.
In a letter, Johnson chided both the party and the government for the support they pledged to Nandlall.
He said, “It is time that someone, if such a person still exists in the People’s Progressive Party, to call a meeting of the central committee and just ask them to acknowledge that the party has completely lost its way.”
In a subsequent interview, Johnson insisted that the PPP has lost its way.
He said that there might have been a time when many members of the Party were involved in a legitimate struggle, as were members of the Working People’s Alliance.
He said however, that it is a huge possibility that the “unchecked” possession of power has corrupted even those who were once intact.
Johnson identified some signs which support his view that the PPP has lost its way. These include the PPP administration’s “use of mechanisms of the state to target political opponents, the targeting of the independent media and use of the state media for party and government propaganda.
There are also the threats of violence and the protection of corrupt officials.
Johnson went on to point to “rampant nepotism and cronyism” in public sector appointments and the misappropriation of state assets by officials for use by friends and family of those in office.
Johnson said that those are the very things that the PPP campaigned against when the Party was in the opposition. “Now these are the things they engage in with impunity, regardless of where condemnation is coming from.”
He said that Guyanese are afraid of being targeted for the mere voicing of their opinion. This, Johnson told Kaieteur News, is something that he can “personally say that they do, having been a victim of it.
“People are still watching on and are being slowly pushed to a point where they can’t take anymore.”
“I think on Monday, Donald Ramotar has one key decision before him. He can redeem himself and his party by welcoming the No-Confidence motion.
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