Aug 08, 2020 Letters Comments Off on No Granger, No Joe, No Basil and No Amna in the Twelfth Parliament
I write you with great concern, regarding the recent comments made by the former President, Mr. David Granger, in the media on 6th August 2020. It was reported that Mr. Granger remains open to the possibility of his return to the Parliament. This is cause for concern to me because, taking into consideration Mr. Granger’s age (75+), come the next election cycle, he will be 80 years old, or there about. If the leaders of the Coalition are serious about the party’s future and the demands coming from their base of support, at this time, it would be wise for Mr. Granger to reconsider any possibility of his return to the Parliament, because no right thinking Guyanese should find solace in voting for an octogenarian Presidential candidate.
The former President, from 2015, served this Nation with honour and dignity. He reignited the flame of patriotism in Guyana and gave all Guyanese a newfound sense of hope. With such a herculean task completed, it is my humble view that Mr. Granger should retire from active politics. Taking such a path would set the stage for new leaders to rise through the ranks of the Coalition. And the rise of these new leaders should not be undercut to find space for individuals who would have already given their maximum worth of public service to the Guyanese people.
To be blunt, we do not want to see Joseph Harmon, Basil Williams nor Amna Ally in the Honourable Chambers of the Twelfth Parliament of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana. Most, if not all, grass-root Coalition supporters are anxious to see the names of Christopher Jones, Thandi McAllister, Simona Broomes, Aubrey Norton, James Bond, Carl Greenidge, Ryan Belgrave, Tabitha Sarabo-Halley, Dawn Hastings-Williams, Darren Wade, Ganesh Mahipaul, Jevaughn Stephen, Amanza Walton-Desir, Sherod Duncan, Daniel Seeram, Juretha Fernandes, Roysdale Forde, Queenela Cameron and Volda Lawrence, just to name a few.
It would be in the Coalition’s best interest to send an inspiring group of leaders to the Opposition Benches of the Twelfth Parliament, led by Mrs. Volda Lawrence, as Guyana’s first female Opposition Leader and Thandi McAllister as Opposition Whip. The Coalition needs to regroup and build serious appeal with their supporters if they are to return to the polls with victory in mind.
In no way am I saying that the party should abandon the former President and his chief lieutenants. I am only suggesting that they should no longer be the face of the party because they now serve as a constant reminder of the Coalition’s great defeat at the March 2020 polls.
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