I will never see some political icons, admirable scholars and other Guyanese personalities the same way again because of their attitude to the Kafkaesque descent of two GECOM election officials that may devastate the future of this country.
I make both a practical and theoretical distinction between these groups of people and the politicians who have lost power by the result of the 2020 elections. Mose Nagamootoo, Khemraj Ramjattan, Raphael Trotman, and Desmond Trotman, the GECOM Commissioner, comes to mind. What they did was wrong but in philosophy, something can be wrong yet be logical.
Trotman invoked Walter Rodney for his fiendish descent into the degradation of GECOM, an unforgivable act. But his position is understandable. Trotman will lose his political career and his employment when the new government comes into being. The WPA and the AFC will be the first casualties as we enter 2021. Both parties will fade into nothingness as Guyana emerges into complete sunshine in 2021.
The position of Trotman, Nagamootoo and Ramjattan is even scarier. Not only are their political careers over, but there are serious question marks on their legal careers. Big businesses in the atmosphere that the election crisis created, will not hire these three lawyers. The fear is that the power establishment may see these companies trying to rehabilitate these discredited Guyanese. Many rich Indian farmers who bankrolled Nagamootoo and Ramjattan when they were in law practice will not patronize them after 2020.
It should be a surprise to all Guyanese home and abroad if tomorrow and the coming days, the leaders of the PNC and AFC become more aggressive and shape their politics to bring down the country because they know that their future may be dead. But how do you explain the attitude of Guyanese with no connection to power and with absolutely nothing to lose by embracing the rule of law and free and fair elections?
Eusi Kwayana is first in my thoughts. At 96 with a legacy that was intact, he literally threw it away by his barefaced and almost cynical embrace of the Mingo/Lowenfield Kafkaesque masquerade. After four months of devilish designs to rig the elections, Kwayana insists that he still does not have the facts to come to conclusions. Which young Guyanese will accept his vast writings on all that went by in Guyana, the past 70 years?
David Hinds lives and work in Guyana. He is not coming back. Prior to the Mingo/Lowenfield Kafkaesque journey, Hinds had a good standing among all Guyanese. Today, this gentleman has become a young Sydney King who, like the older King, preached race incitement in the most inflammatory way. Each time this guy opens his mouth or put his hand on his pen, he spews a narrative of racial hegemony.
WPA kings and queens, including Dr. Alissa Trotz, Dr. Nigel Westmaas, Moses Bhagwan, Karen de Souza and others, have written not one word about election rigging when they write about the 2020 election insanity. They avoid any mention whatsoever of the Mingo/Lowenfield Kafkaesque theatre. You can forgive Trotz. She was a tiny tot when elections were rigged by the PNC from 1968 onwards.
But Westmaas, Bhagwan and de Souza fought against fraudulent elections. None of the contents of the rigged polls of 1968, 1973, 1980, 1985 and the referendum of 1978, contained the Draculean behaviour exhibited by Mingo and Lowenfield. All three of these named persons were arrested and victimized in the fight for the right of Guyanese to elect a government of their choice. Yet Bhagwan and Westmaas have refused to reply to Desmond Trotman who wrote that they would endorse the positions he has taken in GECOM. In other words, Desmond Trotman is telling the world that Westmaas and Bhagwan are supporters of rigged elections.
Lincoln Lewis has destroyed himself. Which employer will sit down with this shameless trade unionist and discuss workers’ rights and the laws that underpin them when Lewis has monumental disrespect for Guyana’s law and its constitution. It has to be a mentally challenged employer who feels that in dialogue with Lewis, he can get him to understand the difference between a philanthropist and a common thief.
Finally, I was both stunned and amused when I saw a WPA member of the government, Dr. Maurice Ogle, the head of NICIL, writing a letter in the newspapers in high praise of the late Barbadian Prime Minister, Owen Arthur. He wrote that he knew Arthur. But he disclaimed Arthur when his colleagues in the PNC and WPA said derogatory things about this Caribbean giant when this great Caribbean integrationist denounced Ogle’s colleagues for rigging the 2020 election. They still are and Ogle is still silent.
(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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