It has become quite clear that the PPP is on a strident campaign to smear and besmirch the character of several ministers of the governing Coalition Administration, and I am forced again to put pen to paper to address scandalous unanswered claims by the unhealthy PPP cabal.
I refer, for example, to the attempt by the PPP and its friends on social media to politically convict Minister David Patterson for allegedly taking a bribe of US$9,000 from persons in a place called Macao, near China, way back in 2016.
The thing about this attempt to link a senior minister of government to take a bribe of this nature is scandalous. Worse yet, I believe that the Minister would be simply dumb and stupid to leave a clear and easy paper trail at a commercial bank in a world which has become fully digitized so at the touch of a button, transactions can easily be followed.
But the real point here is that the Coalition has been so recalcitrant in not bringing criminal charges against a slew of PPP officials for corruption while they were in office, that the Coalition’s seeming incompetence in this area has only served to embolden the PPP.
The attempt to smear and politically convict these ministers in the eyes of the public is coming from a party which we all know raped Guyana brutally for 23 years and is making a second attempt to come back into office now that Guyana may soon be an oil producer.
Let us examine the Skeldon sugar project as an example. Many people seem to think that Skeldon is an estate. No, it is just a factory. Estates which were built in the past had a number of supporting buildings, homes and offices for managers, in some cases health centres, swimming pools and recreational clubs among others, but Guyanese must know that all we got from Skeldon was a single unit factory costing a whopping US$200 million. Is this possible?
Those responsible for this outrage are allowed to freely roam the Country asking for another chance in Government and hurling accusations at Government officials.
This is clearly the fault of the Cabinet, as it has left SOCU to its own devices. Its rate of conviction is abysmal and laughable, so no one can actually blame the PPP for being emboldened enough to now accuse Coalition ministers of being the ones who are corrupt.
As I see it, there is still time before elections to haul some of them before the courts, as everyone knows that corruption is among the main reasons why Guyanese voted for change last time around.
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