When I heard in the US that the APNU/AFC Coalition had a chance of losing the election, I took some vacation from my job and decided to do whatever little I could to prevent the previous government from coming back into power.
I did this, totally at my own expense, not with the expectation of any reward, but with the hope that whatever little I could do would help my beloved Guyana. I spoke with friends who had voted for the Coalition the last time, who were having second thoughts and read of the criticisms. I wondered what the discrepancy was.
President Granger and the Coalition like any incumbent government have faced a barrage of criticisms from all quarters, but from the ground here in Region 1, I want to present an image of progress.
When I came into Georgetown, I saw that in four years:
– the city was being transformed from rubbish back to the Garden City,
– men and boys were no longer being murdered in the streets,
– stories of doors being kicked in are non-existent,
– the once embarrassing economy based on narco-trafficking is no more.
And there’s so much more.
In Region 1, from what I observed in two days, changes have been monumental.
Mabaruma has been given the status of Town. It has its own radio station, Radio Mabaruma, that caters for all the citizens of the region. It will soon have power from a solar farm that’s about to be commissioned.
There’s a new concrete bridge at Kumaka. There are paved roads from the airport to Kumaka.
The road from Mabaruma to Morawhanna (Barima End) is being rebuilt.
Food and transportation are being provided for the schoolchildren.
Now, you may ask why the critics point out the disillusionment?
Could it be their expectations were too high? Is it that the previous government did not receive their immediate comeuppance for their indiscretions or is it, in the words of Teddy Roosevelt: “it is not the critic who counts, not the man who points how the strong man stumbled … because there is no effort without error…or is it just a way to hold readers, a way to stay relevant, a way to grab the headline today?
I will conclude by saying that once more I feel pride when I hear Guyana mentioned. I am optimistic and excited of the direction we are heading and of the good things that are happening.
I am proud of our leader, President Granger, and his defining characteristics: educated, moral, a man of integrity and honest.
So readers, please look at the situation for yourselves, look at what has been happening in your own region and, if you feel like I do, make an effort to vote on election day.
Do not depend on the “learned critics”; vote for yourselves, your children, your country, your future.
President Granger has given you four years, please give yourselves and your country one day.
Do not think that your neighbour will vote for you. The last election was decided by less than 5000 votes. President Granger and the Coalition are the best option we have.
Former resident of Region 1 now living in the USA.
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