The Policy Desk wishes to address a letter by Mr. Robin Singh of the Guyana Youth Movement, in the January 10, 2019 Edition of the Kaieteur News Daily Newspaper. The gentleman highlighted his apparent connection to GYM, implying that it is the only balanced organization that was constructed to ensure young people are politically engaged based on “logic”.
This is far from the truth as the Guyana National Youth Council (GNYC) advanced the #VoteLikeABoss Campaign to empower young voters across the political divide that voting is important, regardless of who you vote for.
Singh proposes that the recent launching of The Policy Desk’s #PROGUYANA Movement, is directly related to the Alliance for Change, A Partnership for National Unity government. He noted, “These same forces are again funding and directing young people up that dead end street.
“Ruel Johnson and Sherod Duncan are once again leading the charge. Having watched the Alliance For Change self-destruct, they are members of a new front organization, the Policy Desk, which seeks to use subterfuge and trickery to attract votes for APNU+AFC. The same promises made in 2015 are being regurgitated, with the hope of bags for Ruel and Sherod and nothing for the youth.”
The Policy Desk is a non-partisan civil society organisation which advocates for persons in need of and/or adversely affected by national policy. Our mandate is to be representative of the voice of those young people seeking the acknowledgement of their voices in greater state discourse, as allowed in the preamble of the constitution, of this, our Cooperative Republic.
We give credence to any and all voices that wish to be heard, regardless of race, creed or political persuasion. We respect individual and collective freedom of expression and mandate and shall give credence to any and all non-partisan engagements but are in no way affiliated with any political party, nor are we, to the political machinations of Messrs. Sherod Duncan or Ruel Johnson.
As such, we therefore reprove the individual and collective sentiments in Mr. Singh’s writings and charge that he proves, without a shadow of doubt, his allegations of partisan conduct by our organisation.
We do note his concerns, but do not give credence as he may be trying to stir up something to deter young people from coming out to our events in the future.
As a direct result of the movement we started, please note that we are receiving no large funding from any source and the funds we have are from our own pockets and from the pockets of other young people who want to ensure that our peers are educated about our civic and political engagement.
We are advocating that young people are represented on both sides of the house, by their peers who have been making strides in various community and party groups.
We are hoping that our well wishers look forward to more information regarding our next engagement in the township of Linden and to disregard false claims and libel being selectively leveled by “conscious” groups or individuals who clearly do not want to see young people work to advance the efforts of their peers.
The Policy Desk
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