Suppose a gentleman from the Arctic region who never heard about Guyana came to this country and read a letter in the Stabroek News yesterday written by a former central committee mandarin of the PPP and current member of that party. Harry Nawbatt was the Ambassador to Brazil when his party lost power in 2015.
The man from the Arctic reading what Nawbatt penned would not believe that Nawbatt’s party ruled Guyana for 23 years during which time Guyana faced extinction.
To understand this psychotic letter, it is best to offer select quotes. I would suggest you read Nawbatt’s letter because it betrays the psychological make-up of the PPP’s leadership. This is a psychological portrait in which the person has no idea of the crimes they have committed and continue to plea innocence.
1 – “… since 2015, (there is) blatant abuse of power, disregard and disrespect for the rule of law, flagrant and obvious racial discrimination as well as political, where persons were perceived not to be in their “camp.”
Comment – the PPP came into power in 1992 and by the time it lost power in 2015, the entire public service and public sector had undergone an ethnic transformation never before seen in this country even under Forbes Burnham.
If Nawbatt could cite “blatant abuse of power” under the APNU+AFC then what choice of words would the scholar use to describe what went on from Jagdeo to Ramotar. For me the appropriate term is “fascistization.”
There was hardly any rule of law under Jagdeo and Ramotar. It was under the Jagdeo presidency that a libel writ filed by President Jagdeo against this columnist created a little piece of history that today remains obscure.
Mr. Jagdeo’s writ went to trial eleven months after it was filed. That is the quickest libel writ to go to trial in the history of this country and maybe the world.
Was there any rule of law under Jagdeo and Ramotar? The acting Chief Justice, Ian Chang (deceased) was refused a duty free car by the GRA and appealed to the president who acted on his request.
I told Justice Chang in front of Chris Ram on the balcony of the High Court that such conduct was improper. Which rule of law was there under Nawbatt’s party? The PPP changed the law to allow the State to appeal an acquittal from a jury in order to keep Benschop in jail forever because the PPP felt it would be in power forever.
Two – “I had a valid contract. After what amounted to a dismissal, absolutely disregarding the terms and conditions of my contract, I put my case to the Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and finally Mr. David Granger, and not even an acknowledgement was received.”
Comment- I had a UG contract that had five months remaining on it but it was still abrogated. The Ombudsman ruled that the termination of the contract was illegal. The Jagdeo government arbitrarily terminated several Foreign Service officers’ contracts.
For a list of those officers and dozens of other managers in a wide array of public sector employment, see my research, “Ethnic Power and Ideological Racism: Comparing presidencies in Guyana,” June 2010.
Three- “All three of the Ramotar children were removed from the positions they held, and it seems as if their “sin” was having immediate past President Ramotar as their father, a person who was in the “trenches” to help ensure that democracy returned to Guyana.”
Comment -Maybe Nawbatt should tell us how many of those that fought in the trenches with the PPP so the PPP could have come to power in 1992 so that Nawbatt could find employment as Ambassador to Brazil were not demonized by the PPP.
Four- “Some say we are heading back to the Burnham days (and nights) but I say we are there, already.”
Comment – Under the PPP, 2001-2015, there were cruelties, depravities, immoralities and tragedies that made the Burnham regime look like a school party. Maybe when Nawbatt wrote that missive, he was drinking something strange.
I will end with an incident. At the wake of my vet’s sister, Nawbatt’s PPP colleague, Mitra Devi Ally, sat next to me. She told me that her son is being denied employment by the present government. I told her she should understand how others felt because her PPP government did the same to countless others.
I mentioned my wife and me. Ally looked at me without any reaction. It was if she didn’t hear what I said. This is the danger in the psychology of the PPP.
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