This is one strange country. It puts the most testing of issues, matters with national implications, before those in whom there was uncertainty, even lack of confidence and trust.
The word is that the Chief Justice (ag) has indicated that a decision will be announced by her on August 14 on the issue of house-to-house registration. That is both timely and encouraging, if only to move ahead to the next stages in what has been a crippling elections environment. Here everything moves with the tortured, agonising slowness of a three-wheeled donkey cart harnessed to a one-legged jackass looking mulishly ahead while going backwards.
Now, regardless of what is embodied in the ruling of the CJ (ag), or for whom, this much speaks for itself.
To begin with, it is that the political leaders of this nation could not summon the courage or the decency or the principle to finalise and decide on this same daughter of the soil (in fact, two of them) for confirmation in the post of Chief Justice of Guyana.
It is why the terrible embarrassment and broad distrust of ACTING remains irremovably affixed to her work title, to the dignity of that office, and to her efforts at filling the role of senior jurist with dignity and decorum.
This is what is customarily inflicted (acting) upon bureaucratic presences considered unworthy or anathema: wrong person, wrong time, wrong job.
Acting for so long raises questions and sentiments about her fitness for the grave responsibilities to the matters that come before her, that demands devotion to unbiased probing and reflecting, and then judging as to what should be, as seen and believed with conviction before law and man.
Acting is indicative of calculated misgivings and suspicions regarding political reliability to deliver in a certain way, in certain times. House-to-house registration is that certain time at this boiling, consuming time. The person who we could not confirm, that we have had the greatest reluctance to trust, we are now appealing to, to confirm our precise thinking on how matters should finalise and materialise.
The political leadership of this nation, as entrusted by the voters of this land, is asking this separator of fact from histrionics (arguments) and as aligned with reality before one and all (numbers) to save us from ourselves, to be activist or originalist. This nation now waits with bated breath for an actor in the most responsible of positions to pronounce on what should offer some form of continuity.
The one to whom we dare not offer the continuity of substantive confirmation, is now being dared to deliver what is desired: a rewarding hearing, successful progressing. Clearly, Guyana and Guyanese politics, at the core, amounts to nothing more than the theatrics and shallowness of one actor after another performing for this or that crowd.
Unfortunately, this passes for real-life in this country. This is but one of the many long running, never-ending political absurdities and tragedies that march across the consciousness of citizens, who consider themselves privileged to be a part of the spectacle that is now a full-blown circus. The things that inflicted so much pain before are now returning to take our heads off and, with that, any remaining claim to dignity and wisdom.
Where does this leave matters post-Chief Justice (ag) ruling? It leaves with no other option, but to maintain the masquerades of more actors acting with cavalier indifference to the fate of a nation, its economy, its quality of life, and at, through it all, its unmoved and unwise peoples.
Truth be told, the peoples themselves are enthusiastic contributors to the pretence of being serious on what is constructive in separating from the charades that menace this society. The peoples are also acting in settled roles; they have lost touch with their own identities. This is one, big screenplay and production, isn’t it?
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