The current attempts to rig the 2020 election, which have gone on for four months now have produced the incredible exposure of certain Guyanese we have long come to admire. These Guyanese have now become subject to revisionist interpretations given their dishonest and hypocritical attitude to what has taken place in this country since March 4.
I have long dismissed the entire school of WPA survivalists, those in and out of Guyana, but four of them I still had hopes of believing they had some Rodneyite qualities left – David Hinds, Eusi Kwayana, Nigel Westmaas and Moses Bhagwan. Hinds has completely abandoned Walter Rodney’s legacy. Kwayana’s endorsement of the action of the election riggers has called into question his historiographical account of this country’s contemporary political evolution.
That leaves two – Westmaas and Bhagwan. I functioned very closely with both in the seventies when the WPA appeared to be the answer to Guyana’s future. I have long regarded Bhagwan as the most solid Rodneyite the WPA produced. Sadly I am not sure about my previous positive and admirable portrait of these two gentlemen.
In a recent conversation with Donald Rodney, I offered my thesis for the morbid acrobatics and graphic degeneration of the WPA survivalists. He has offered a different interpretation but his paradigm is not essentially in opposition to mine. This column is not about my interpretation of the horrific decline in the political culture of the WPA survivalists.
It centers on the demonic politics of Desmond Trotman, a GECOM commissioner, and his claim (which he was unhappy to use the adverb, “unapologetically”) that his actions in GECOM would have been supported by Rodney and would have the backing of Westmaas and Bhagwan (Stabroek News, letter columns. June 24, 2020). Disgusted at the despicability of Trotman’s barefacedness, I contacted both Westmass and Bhagwan to solicit a response from them because Trotman has literally said that in his participation of rigging the 2020 election, Westmaas and Bhagwan would stand by his action. Both men acknowledged my email and that was all. Bet your last dollar, they are going to reply to this column and find convenient adjectives to describe me while staying billions of miles away from Trotman’s views on them.
So what has Trotman done since he became a GECOM commissioner that the two WPA survivalists – Westmaas and Bhagwan – would eagerly support? Let’s trace the degeneracy in the politics of this questionable human. Trotman wrote; “I was appointed a Commissioner of GECOM by President Granger about one week after WPA issued a statement that said under no circumstances will it support or condone the rigging of elections. That to my mind says a lot about President Granger’s posture on elections in Guyana.”
This statement to my mind says a lot about the nature of Trotman and Granger. My description would be oxymoronic – comically evil. Trotman supported Granger’s violation of the constitution in Granger’s unilateral appointment of Justice Patterson as GECOM chair. Trotman voted in GECOM against the contract renewal of Vishnu Persaud, Deputy Chief Election Officer in favour of Roxanne Myers.
It turned out that Persaud was more qualified and had more experience in GECOM work. Trotman said he voted for Myers based on Chairman Patterson’s negative assessment of Persaud during the interview. The Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) contradicted Patterson in that Patterson misled the ERC when he told the ERC he interviewed Persaud. He never spoke with or even saw Persaud.
My sources told me that in GECOM, Myers relies on Trotman and Trotman always consult Myers. Both Patterson and Trotman should be investigated for their conduct. They are both an embarrassment to Guyana. Maybe Westmaas and Bhagwan may get the urge to let us have their views on Trotman’s deception.
Trotman has never said publicly what Mingo did was fraudulent. On the contrary, Trotman voted for the position tabled in a statutory meeting of GECOM that GECOM accepts Lowenfield’s report and make a declaration. It was Claudette Singh who tilted the balance by voting against Alexander’s motion.
The big, angelic Rodneyite by the name of Desmond Trotman swore that he will never be involved in rigged elections. But there is a report by Lowenfield that – if GECOM accepts it –will see 116,000 votes, including this columnist, will be discarded. Would Trotman like to tell us how he feels about that? The family of Walter Rodney should chastise Desmond Trotman for his ugly justifications using Rodney’s name. As for Westmaas and Bhagwan, the young generation in Guyana never will not forgive them. Evil is in the air.
(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this newspaper.)
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