Kaieteur News – I lost all respect for Eusi Kwayana after two replies to me in the letter pages of this newspaper in April 2020 when the election rigging was going on. There was a part of those deliveries that shook me to the core.
It was that part that showed me the proof that Kwayana’s political culture had become wasted and I dissolved any respect I had for him.
I never thought Kwayana with his oceanic experience and residence in the 21st century in one of the most technologically endowed countries on Planet Earth, the USA, would offer such a poor, jejune response to my criticism of his silence on the election rigging.
He said that he was too far away to comment on what was going on. But technology in the 21st has collapsed the world into one tiny room. What goes on in the world people can see, by holding a tiny instrument – the smart phone, in front of their face, in their bedroom.
The Mexican government has charged a woman with murder and has asked the US to extradite her. The charge originated from a video the Mexican police saw of the accused beating her friend to death. The Americans have accepted the extradition request.
If the Americans took the perspective of Kwayana, they would not have accepted the extradition papers because American policemen were not there when the murder occurred.
What went on from Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at GECOM’s Command Centre in Ashmin’s building was captured live and transmitted to the world by what is known as live streaming. I have seen Kwayana participated in programmes that were live-streamed.
I mentioned the Kwayana thing in the context of the incident at Belladrum in which PNC parliamentarian Vinceroy Jordan was present at the scene when Minister, Sonia Parag was prevented from entering a public building.
The good thing about the smartphone is that it prevents people from suing for libel. You cannot sue for libel if you are accused of running a red light when you were filmed doing exactly that. Kwayana writes letters to the newspapers often, the most recent being, last Tuesday (yes, last Tuesday, and before that, another last week). In his last Tuesday’s letter, he noted: “The whole world knows by now it has been alleged that the son of the former Chancellor Mr. Carl Singh described a Policewoman in inhuman and disrespectful language. The words were widely published.”
The whole world saw Mr. Jordan was present when Minister Parag was prevented from delivering developmental aid to the community of Belladrum. His action was widely carried in the media.” But Mr. Kwayana chose not to offer his take or maybe he forgot.
No women rights group has commented on what Mr. Jordan did to the minister. The usual suspects would have been energised if a minister had done what Jordan did. A letter would have been dispatched with haste to the newspapers.
What analysis does the academic offer to these types of instincts and attitudes in Guyana? Could race be a factor? Is it possible that the silence in some sections of political society and civil society on what transpired at Belladrum with Minister Parag was because those sections view Guyana’s existence through ethnic lenses?
Is the political factor the key to understanding the double standards? Most civil society organisations and women groups are inflexibly anti-government. That in itself cries out for analysis. I have done my analysis on that subject in several columns and need not repeat it here. The analysis is complex and elaborate and involves an historical journey back to class society in British Guiana.
The yearnings and dreams of the dominant classes of that era were realised in 2015. The Creole middle class and their cultural allies have not accepted the return of what they see as Indian rule through the 2020 elections.
If we are going to understand the outcry from these quarters about the dildo comment by a Minister, the outburst against the son of the former chancellor but complete silence on what happened to Minister, Parag then we have to understand the past merging into the present and that confluence was the March 2020 elections. There will be more incidents like the Belladrum flare-up against Minister Parag and the hypocrisy of the usual suspects and the women groups will be laid bare for all Guyana to see.
(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of this newspaper and its affiliates.)
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