Ms Volda Lawrence, Minister of the Human Services and Social Protection within recent weeks publicly condemned the high incidence of murders originating from domestic violence. Rightly so! However, a colossal problem that desperately deserves similar attention is the alarming murder rate racked up through brutal crime (street robberies, burglaries etc), a problem in which Ms Lawrence turns a blind eye.
How inhumane! Ms Lawrence castigates domestic violence because she wants solutions and rightly so. However, Ms Lawrence lacks enthusiasm condemning the horrendous crime situation which engulfs this country. Criminals largely go after and kill people, but Ms Lawrence remains silent. Certainly, Ms Lawrence should have publicly denounced crime. This is damning testimony that Ms Lawrence lacks consistency managing the welfare of Guyanese. Editor, what can account for Ms Lawrence’s behavior?
Categorically, Ms Lawrence is a partisan woman who shows no consideration, to say the least. Considering Ms Lawrence’s less than acceptable personality, I wonder why the APNU/PNC/AFC Government does not disavow such a person; then again an autocratic Government will never hold its friends and family culpable.
Ms Lawrence’s behavior is untenable, particularly considering that domestic violence and crime are problems which come under the jurisdiction of her Ministry and they share common root cause which includes – – lack of respect for others, poor parenting, mental illness, substance of abuse etc. This then prompts the obvious and logical question: why Ms Lawrence chose to address domestic violence but not crime? Her inconsistency makes no sense and it is quite disturbing. Ms Lawrence is obviously handicapped by politics which leaves her in a pickle to explain such one sided actions.
Ms Lawrence even rocks a thriving portfolio cataloging discriminatory utterances such as: the rape of a child is a family issue. Ms Lawrence may I ask: since when this is the case? Such one sided theatrics by Ms Lawrence plays into the definition of discrimination. Ms Lawrence needs to be reminded that every tax payer pays her salary irrespective of race/ethnicity or political affiliations. As such, Ms Lawrence owes it to all Guyanese to be impartial.
It makes no sense that Government runs a Social Cohesion Ministry (Department). It is a waste of tax payer’s dollars. Given, Government’s discriminatory posture it is unlikely that it will ever respond to our pains, particularly those emanating from the heart wrenching crime situation. President Granger’s undemocratic refusal to release the names of criminals pardoned, effectively embolden criminals and drives up the crime rate. Government’s divisive behaviors need to be eschewed to allow us what we rightfully deserve as human beings. I urge my fellow Guyanese not to back down from our fight against a one sided Government. We must remember that we the people are endowed with the ultimate power to not return such a Government to power. And this we will do.
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