Parliament resumes on Monday November 10, 2014 after a break of three months. There is no doubt that the pace of the Tenth Parliament has been very slow, with constant wrangling between the majority opposition and the minority PPP regime which has become the norm rather than the exception. Ironically, the vacation lull was subject to several complaints from the Opposition, as the government refuses to recall Parliament in October.
The present political volatility over the no confidence motion could produce general elections next year and the minority PPP regime could be replaced. If the no confidence motion is passed and an election is called, the PPP will be in a fight for its life to regain power. Based on some recent estimates, both the AFC and APNU are within striking distance to gain control of the government. But it appears the PPP is scared to face the electorate. The ministry of Education has become a farce. It is giving away the taxpayers’ money through the disguise of the bogus”Because we care” slogan in a desperate effort to win over votes.
But it is clear that the minority PPP regime has done everything in its power to delay the recall of Parliament. They have not only turned Parliament into a dysfunctional body, but have also made it subordinate to the executive branch, despite the separation of powers clause. They have refused to give Parliament the resources needed to investigate any miscreant by public officials, including ministers of the government. With a dysfunctional Parliament, a corrupt regime and a compromised justice system, Guyana has become a haven for crooked public officials.
The PPP knows that the stakes are very high but sooner rather than later, they will have to face the public in a general election to defend their poor record. They cannot hide forever and the threats by the do-nothing President to dissolve or prorogue Parliament have met with severe condemnation from the public. The vast majority of Guyanese supports the no confidence motion despite what some fake pollster has stated. We are certain that no polls were ever conducted in Guyana on the no confidence motion. The faked pollster has become famous for conjuring up numbers in his head and calling them polls. In 2011, the faked pollster claimed that the PPP will win the election with a landslide of 65 percent, APNU 30 percent and the AFC 5 percent. In 2010, the same faked pollster claimed that the election in Trinidad was very close with the People’s Partnership (PP) gaining 21 seats and the PNM 20 seats. In Guyana the PPP had 48 percent, APNU 40 percent and the AFC 12 percent and in Trinidad, the PP won 29 seats and the PNM 12 seats. No wonder Rohee and Jagdeo banned this guy from Freedom House. But we have to give him some credit for doing a good con job on some politicians and the PPP aligned Guyana Times and Guyana Chronicle in Guyana. The masses in Guyana and the media houses in Trinidad know that the polls are bogus.
We are confident that the power-hungry, status-seeking, greed-driven PPP cabal will receive a sound trashing at the polls because the do-nothing president has not done anything during his three years in office to reduce corruption and crime and to lessen the fears of the people, especially businessmen and visiting Guyanese. They have not restructured the nation’s economy, end cronyism and nepotism, and have not introduced any policy that would improve the lives of the poor and the working class. All the unschooled General Secretary has done is to blame the opposition for his and the PPP failures. The people have lost trust in the President and his cabinet especially the obscene, vulgar and foul-mouthed Attorney General, the goat minister, the ‘buse down’ Minister of Education, the Minister of Finance who illegally spent over $4.5 billion of the taxpayers’ money and the Minister of Health for a failing health care system at the public hospitals.
The Jagdeo/Ramotar cabal is unworthy of governing the country. They are desperate and have descended into ugly arrogance, cuss-down and vulgar behavior and most unfortunate, and obscene language and death threats against the owner and staff of Kaieteur News. For the last three years, the majority Opposition has produced enough hot air in Parliament to start a global heat wave, and yet the unrighteous and loutish PPP cabal has never been under any obligation to make changes to the budget, legislation or any of their policies. The Freedom House gang has not changed their barefaced and rigid stance and will not yield anything to the opposition—a fact that must be understood by the AFC and APNU. So for the opposition to continue to have meetings with the president is a total waste of the taxpayers’ money and an act in futility.
The PPP’s disrespect for Parliament, the people, the constitution and the opposition is visible for everyone to see. Can the majority opposition in Parliament summon to a hearing any government minister or chairman of a State enterprise under whose watch there has been credible evidence of waste, corruption or mismanagement; and then recommend to the DPP that consideration be given to laying criminal charges? And if the DPP fails to act, can they haul her before the judiciary committee to give reasons for her inaction? It is certain that the DPP will not charge the untouchables at Freedom House and they will find some bogus excuses for not charging the Attorney General for making physical threats against the staff of Kaieteur News. He is one of the untouchables who belongs to the Chatrie caste.
Had the DPP been a potent institution, many public officials, including ministers of the government, would have been charged and jailed over the last twelve years for corruption and for squandering or stealing public funds. During the last five years, over $50 billion of the taxpayers’ money have been squandered in bogus contracts. Such huge amount of public funds could have been spent for the development of the country, to educate our children, improve health care, increase salaries /wages and old age pensions as well as improve the lives of the poor and the working class.
The President should take note that there will be grave consequences from an angry and frustrated people, should he prorogue Parliament. No power is greater than the people’s power.
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