Mar 30, 2015 News
Describing what he said was the single largest gathering of a multi- ethnic crowd ever in his political career, A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change’s (APNU+AFC) Prime Ministerial Candidate, Moses Nagamootoo excited the Coalition faithful to epic proportions at its Whim, Corentyne Unity Rally yesterday.
Thousands poured in from near and far to show support for the coalition which hopes to form the next unity government, after the upcoming May 11 General Elections. Some were decked out in yellow, while others wore green, and yet many others were attired in both colours.
They waved the yellow and green party flag with shouts of approval from time to time during the speeches on the stage that was erected in front of AFC Executive Member, Dr. Veerasammy Ramayya’s house at Whim.
It was a very busy afternoon as vehicles lined the roadway from as far as Number 19 Highway, with several fleets traveling from Georgetown, Linden and West Demerara, giving the police a trying time to control the flow of traffic, especially leading up to the Whim campaign zone.
After the fun and frolic of numerous cultural and other renditions, including that of the Shalom Full Gospel Dancers, Conga Nya, Dosha Tassa Group, and singer Calvin Burnett, it was time to get down to serious business.
And after two speakers, including Leader of the AFC, Ramjattan, Nagamootoo sent the crowd wild as he unleashed attack after attack on the ruling PPP/C Administration.
He began with whom he termed as Guyana’s “fake President,” Bharrat Jagdeo.
According to Nagamootoo, Jagdeo is a behind-the-scenes President, running the show for President Donald Ramotar, who was also described as a fake, “know-nothing; do-nothing president who is over shadowed by another counterfeit.”
“They allowed this fake to spend $65B on a single (sugar) factory…telling us he would fix it, and Mr. Fix-it has left office and left the sugar industry broken and the sugar workers in a state of uncertainty.”
“I want to ask for the real President of Guyana to stand up—that President, by the way, is not Donald Ramotar!”
He alluded to the “fake President” flying out to Florida to treat his diarrhea, when people here cannot have Panadol!” He continued by saying that the “fake President started a Hotel named ‘Bharriot’, the Marriot Hotel, spending $12B taxpayers’ dollars.
He said only someone who is a fake and a pretender will try to compare himself with Cheddi Jagan and try to wash his sins, by comparing his palaces to the humble home of Jagan.
Nagamootoo continued by saying that that every time Jagdeo opens his mouth, “we feel we should build a toilet paper factory inside it—that he’d learn to shut up!”
The nation, he said, would have to fetch Jagdeo “like a goady”, speaking about the former President’s salaries and benefits, which he compared with the salaries of other Heads of States around the world.
“A unity government would cut all of this out, he said. Guyanese must have the courage to walk from the evil PPP.”
Only a real government, not the “kleptopcratic” one, he said, would fix the sugar industry; the rice industry; restore lands taken away by the government; and restructure the Berbice River Bridge ownership and remove the pro- PPP members on its Board.
Nagamootoo went on to discredit the negative comments the PPP/C has been peddling against the coalition’s Presidential Candidate, Ret’d Army Brigadier, David Granger.
“Those who tell you that Granger is danger are lying!”
He went on to say how Dr. Cheddi Jagan, if alive today, would have been pleased at the union of the two major political parties—the AFC and APNU. He noted how Whim has produced numerous quality public figures in the past, including two Member of Parliaments, writers, cricketers, members of the judiciary, and that come May 11, 2015, Whim would produce its first Prime Minister, as the crowds went wild.
“Power has not corrupted me; I walked away from power,” he said, alluding to his resignation twice from government.
He said he never asked for, nor did he ever receive an inch of State land or lived in a State- provided house. As a journalist, he said Jagan nominated him twice for National Awards, which he said he declined. He said he would have never thought about selling the country’s lands, forests and resources for honorary doctorate degrees, “or to be called a Champion!”
He said that he was the first Minister to refuse to accept an increase in his salary unless the Cabinet could have agreed to pay more to nurses and teachers; nor did he ever stay at a three, four or five-star hotels at the expense of the government or traveled first- class while he was a Minister.
He accused the PPP/C of refusing “first- rated” persons in the echelons of the party from being Presidential Candidates, including himself, Dr. Roger Luncheon and Mrs. Gail Texeira.
“He was nominated by me, and they said, ‘we are not ready for a black man yet,’ but he remained there, shameless, as a power behind the throne…he was my friend—they rejected Gail…then and now! They rejected Ralph Ramkarran—then and now, and also yours sincerely, but thank God for Guyana…!”
He then turned to PPP/C PM Candidate, Mrs. Elisabeth Harper, and asked the crowd whether they know the woman, or whether they wanted her to be their PM, to which they responded a resounding, “No!”
He chided Harper for standing on the PPP/C platform of domestic violence. “So why is she on the same platform as Bharrat Jagdeo?!”
Nagamootoo said that the PPP has said that the AFC got married to the APNU, but he and Granger know how to make a marriage work, unlike the “fake” President.
“We are not the ones who had fake marriages or the ones who couldn’t service our marriages!” he said as the crowd went wild. “David and I—we know how to make marriage work!”
Other speakers at the rally included, Mrs Supriya Singh; Dr. Veerasammy Ramayya; Khemraj Ramjattan; Carol France, and Mr. David Granger. The programme was chaired by AFC Executive Member, Charrandass Persaud.
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