… removed for Berbice?
You can tell that Ramjattan, the invisible man, is also a frustrated man. And we’re not only talking about the crime tsunami that’s long drowned him and his ambitions from moving up in public life. All that’s left for him is to move on…as wide swathes of citizens are praying reverently for him to do. One new PPP MP had mentioned moving a “no confidence” motion against him in Parliament. What’s happened to that idea that’s taken so much traction?
The PPP shouldn’t worry about the two additional MP votes needed to pass the motion. Crime isn’t a partisan issue. APNU/AFC members are as petrified as everyone else about being the next victims. Not all of them are Ministers with phalanxes of guards like Ramjattan. There’s got to be at least two PNC MP’s (the ones he accused of taking bribes?) who want justice done. At least they’ll make sure it’s a “conscience” vote and then citizens can see exactly who’re in favour of the same ole, same ole.
But back to the (other) issue that has Ramjattan’s drawers in a knot. Did you hear his latest pronouncement on his infamous curfew? Because he’s taking knocks on the 2:am deadline for battening the hatches at watering holes, he’s now threatening to bring that down to 12 midnight. Maybe he figures if it was good enough for Cinderella, it should be good enough for the partying crowd? Now while you humble Eyewitness, who likes his vino as much as the next guy, do think Guyanese ought to reign in our Bacchanalian revelries, he still hasn’t seen the figures Ramjattan keeps conjuring up that his curfew’s brought down crime rates.
In fact from the actual figures released by the Police, those rates are zooming steadily onwards and upwards. So you Eyewitnes’ gripe was that Ramjattan’s engaged in fiddling with peripheral measures like curfews, decriminalizing suicide etc, while Guyana burns with criminal depredations. But it might appear Ramjattan’s finally waking up from his slumber. A couple of weeks ago he announced he’d deployed a squad form the SWAT to Berbice…but we haven’t heard of their “special weapons and tactics” being used up to now.
And now comes news that he’s sent in army units in conjunction with the Police. 45 men in all. Now while may sound as if something’s being done at last by the previously somnolent Minister, we remind him of the last time the Police and Army conducted Joint Operations- during the Buxton Violence. And there were more problems between the Police and Army than between them and the bandits!
Hope Ramjattan makes clear who’re the “bad guys”!
…over the Presidency
Whether the honeymoon’s officially over or not, folks are begin to talk about where’s President Granger when the action’s been flying so fast and furious. Either he’s there in the middle of the fray and is using Harry Potter’s invisibility shield, or he’s missing in action. And since our President is an upstanding Muggle, and has no truck with magic and incantations and such like, it has to be the latter.
But why? We know Generals aren’t in the front lines – that’s reserved for the youthful and not so youthful cannon fodder – but when the army’s in full retreat, shouldn’t the General be at least be instill some spine in the troops? Now let’s face it. While Jordan might’ve “rolled” in previous administrations, he was never a conceptualizer of policies. He wouldn’t know a static equilibrium much less the latest DSGE model if it crept up and bit him on his behind.
Isn’t this where the General should be there to recognize his troops may need more advanced weaponry?
After all they’re facing Jagdeo!
When first you try to deceive….The govt first said NO government was spent on the inauguration. Now they say $1M was spent by pure coincidence on the Stadium.
When no sports programme was scheduled!!