July 21, 2014 By
I wish to add my few cents concerning the incident involving APNU Member of Parliament Vanessa Kissoon and her party. I first wish to ask; where are the human rights and pro-women activists of Guyana when we need them? There is a grave injustice staring Guyana in the face and I was expecting a few strong women and especially the Red Thread to speak up. I really feel for Vanessa Kissoon and I hope that she will learn a good lesson and make better choices.
Here is her plight: victim of an alleged assault by a leading member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR); lack of a proper hearing to give her side of the alleged assault; suspension handed down without a legitimate hearing; and now the possibility of not being able to attend her party’s 18th biennial Congress at its headquarters, Congress Place, Georgetown. All of these insults and injustices have been meted out to this woman and yet no one is really rallying behind her, apart from her constituents in Region 10.
I see Vanessa Kissoon’s plight as a kind of punishment for challenging and questioning the leadership of the PNCR. I think that she wanted transparency and accountability, but was met with rebuke and scorn. What I see playing out here is the real nature of the PNCR leadership. I see high-handedness and a lust for power.
What is so laughable is the fact that a brazen David Granger is saying that “…until Kissoon’s suspension is lifted by the recently-formed Disciplinary Committee or otherwise, her participation in the upcoming Congress is unconfirmed.” This is so dictatorial: disciplined by an ad hoc committee; disciplined without a fair hearing; disciplined for exposing follies in the PNCR. The PNCR may have changed names and personnel, but its nature and intent are the same.
I am thinking to myself that if Guyana, for a second time, is to fall into the hands of these people, then this nation may be doomed. I come now to these organisations and people, proclaiming one thing but acting most selectively. I recall in February of this year, when a woman was sentenced for slapping a baby. Red Thread, the GHRA, and all the others were quick to rally to the cause. Of course, the woman’s plight was used to take pot shots at the PPP and the PPP/C Government. The issue affecting Kissoon does not, however, give them an opportunity to take hits at the Government so they have remained very quiet. For the PNCR, Ms Kissoon represents danger. She is challenging her fast-tracked suspension and she wants to show that the whole thing is unconstitutional. She is also declaring that Granger does not have the constitutional authority to suspend her.
Personally, I want to know what prevails in the PNCR hierarchy. I want to know how the party handles issues of this nature. I also want those who are claiming that they are against women’s victimisation to speak up for this woman. Or will PNCR get off scot-free as it has already condemned this woman.
Ibrahim Bin Jabbar
July 21, 2014 By
The writer of a recent letter wants respect and he calls himself a philosopher, historian, and analyst and truly speaking, in a nut shell, he is always saying that he is an ‘academic par excellence’. I have a simple question here, and it is about decency and maturity of serious academics – this man just used a local newspaper to do a lot of public cussing. He is the epitome of the very things he calls people.
Let me now make a point here about General Elections as regards snap polls. The two Opposition parties made their bluff and the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) stood its ground. If A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) want, they can go ahead with their ‘no confidence’ thing and see where it lands them.
I think by now, most people know what kind of people reside in these two parties. I offer my observation here.
The internal war for leadership within the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) speaks of a lust for power; the treatment Vanessa Kissoon is getting tells a tale of abuse from leaders in this same party; and what transpired in Essequibo shows that AFC is bent on mayhem, when it cannot get its way. I am glad that the people of Guyana and those of the Diaspora are aware of this.
Getting back to the ranting of this man, I see that he is now shifting his analysis. He is now saying that “… the PPP is the biggest electoral enemy of the PPP (and that) the PPP cannot win back a majority because it continues to produce the venalities that caused them to lose the 2011 elections in the first place”.
Heightened sensitivity to sights, sounds, smells or touch and avoidance of over-stimulating situations – This man thinks people want to kill him (maybe he craves martyrdom). Unusual or exaggerated beliefs about personal powers to understand meanings or influence events – readers laugh at how he mangles the English Language and how he writes what he himself cannot explain; and lastly, uncharacteristic and peculiar behaviour.
July 21, 2014 By
With reference to the article published in the Guyana Times on July 21, under the headline, “Rohee pleased with pace of Police reform”, please be informed that the opening paragraph has an incorrect statement.
The article states “despite a nine per cent increase in serious crimes”, which is not so. I recognise that this information is from the acting Commissioner’s address at our last Anniversary Awards Ceremony.
What the acting Commissioner Seelall Persaud said was that our serious crime statistics at this time is showing that we are nine per cent down (decrease) relative to the same period last year. However, we have a nine per cent increase in murders and a 25 per cent increase in gun-related robberies.
I shall be grateful if you can cause the correct information to be published.
Public Relations and
July 21, 2014 By
There is the cliché, “Sports: it’s not just a game!” The three games played by the Guyana Amazon Warriors during the last week proved in so many ways, that like all clichés, it expresses an almost universal truth. That is why expressions become clichéd.
For such a small nation as ours, commentators of all persuasions have been forced to remark on the deleterious impact of our “divisiveness”. Of recent, there has been greater openness in accepting that our salient cleavage, as far as negative outcomes are concerned, is “ethnicity”. Even those who cleave to ideologies such as Marxism, which denies the “reality” of such divisions and once dubbed it “false consciousness”, have been forced to grapple with its salience.
The question posed is: “What is it that can make us see past our ethnic divisions and begin to act and work as a nation that accepts its fate as the fruits of a collective endeavour?” There have been several proposals – not the least being the said ideologies undergirding the programmes of most of the political parties in the post WWII era and operationalised in their activities in and out of Government. Most kindly, they can all be said to have “failed”.
Like most human behavioural patterns, ethnic salience is not the result of any one factor, and as a corollary, it cannot be addressed through any one “silver bullet”. But what we do know is that ethnicity is an affective orientation – much of its salience is not due to the “rational choice” premise of the social sciences, but also on emotions and feelings. And one of the ways to move past its gravitational pull, without necessarily invalidating its relevance for identity, is to cultivate positive emotions in the populace as a whole, around events that are not tied to ethnicity.
And this is where sport, in general, and cricket, in particular, comes in. Cricket is not a game tied to any one group in Guyana, or even in the wider Caribbean. It is the game of all our people. In that remarkable book of his, “Beyond the Boundary”, CLR James exposed us to the deep and wide wellsprings of the game in our psyches. And during the aforementioned three games at the National Stadium,Providence by the Warriors, the truth of James’ epiphany came alive.
Guyanese of all ethnicities became as one when they cheered, fretted, screamed and waved their flags for THEIR team. They wore the Warriors colours to identify with their talisman. Strangers hugged and gave high fives when victory came; and consoled each other (“they did their best”) when victory was finally denied.
Cricket demonstrated that we can be united. What we would like to suggest is that the Government must design a national sport policy, with cricket at its centre, as an integral part of our overall thrust to create “One People, One Nation, One Destiny”.
While it may be claimed that we do, in fact, have a “sports policy”, in our estimation, as executed in practice, it does not demonstrate adequate acceptance of the vital importance of sport in the holistic development of the individual, the community and the nation. And, especially of its importance in transcending cleavages, of all types. The Football World Cup in Brazil recently demonstrated the effect of another “national sport” in bringing together a nation of 200 million. Imagine what a focused, national programme in cricket can do for us.
One immediate action by a Government pushing cricket in a national sports programme is to make the game part of the school curriculum from nursery to university. As shown by the success of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL), modern cricket is big business and can be significant contributors to the GDP, as any of the “traditional” industries.
In the language of the economists, the transcendence of ethnic boundaries can eventually become merely a positive “externality”.
July 21, 2014 By
Permit me to refer to an article in another section of the press on July 17 under the headline, “Amerindian Leaders demand freeze on Bai Shan Lin’s permit”.
After reading the article, my first reaction was to have consultations with the Guyana Forestry Commission(GFC) which I did, since the Bai Shan Lin (BSL) State Forest Permit in Region Nine “may affect the traditional lands and natural resources within proposed land title areas for the Wapishiana people” according to the letter sent to the GFC.
The maps shown to me by the GFC clearly revealed that the BSL State Forest Permit in Region Nine will, in no way, affect village titled lands and proposed land extensions officially applied for under the Amerindian Act 2006 by the South and South Central Amerindian villages in the Rupununi.
I received information from the Rupununi that the GFC on July 12 at Lethem took the opportunity of officially informing concerned village leaders, with the display and examination of maps, that the BSL forest permit will, in no way, affect village titled lands and resources, including areas of extensions.
But, unfortunately, a few of the village Toshaos have been misled as usual by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA). This is simply an example of the APA’s poor leadership to Amerindians.
Instead of finding out the truth about the BSL’s forest permit in Region Nine from the relevant authorities, it prefers to send a mischievous letter to the anti-government sections of the media.
But this is not strange since the APA supports the PNC/APNU, the party, which when in Government, neglected and abandoned the Amerindian people prior to 1992. What a Shame!
A village Toshao showed me a copy of the letter on Bai Shan Lin. The letter was dated July 7 and carbon copied to the European Union FLEGT Programme, Kingdom of Norway, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights on Indigenous Peoples. These carbon copied letters, however, will be ignored since they are not credible, or are factually designed to mislead the international community.
Further, at a recent meeting in Georgetown with the National Toshaos Council (NTC), the GFC explained to the Toshaos the matter of the BSL forest permit in Region Nine with the aid of maps showing that the BSL forest permit will not affect titled village lands and proposed land extensions. The NTC was satisfied with the explanations and clarifications by the GFC.
July 21, 2014 By
The Opposition political parties in the National Assembly have in their public utterances, through several members, pronounced that Dr Ashni Singh has acted illegally in restoring budgetary allocations which had been disapproved by the Opposition in the National Assembly. In fact, Mr Khemraj Ramjattan claims that Dr Singh has committed criminal acts and he wants the Police to charge him.
I am aware that the Opposition members of the National Assembly elected themselves as a majority in all of the committees. I have no doubt that when the Privileges Committee is selected, the composition will be the same. Therefore, this Committee will consist of a majority of Opposition members whose mandate will be to hear and determine the privileges motion against the Minister. This Committee is empowered to impose sanctions on the Minister which can be of a penal nature.
My concern is that the two Opposition parties – from whom the majority of members of this Committee will be drawn – have already, by their public utterances, anointed themselves as Investigator, Judge, Jury, and Executioner and have already found the Minister guilty and condemned him.
Therefore, how can the Minister of Finance ever have a fair hearing before this Committee? The principles of natural justice which dictate that a man must not be a judge in his own cause and that everyone is entitled to a fair hearing have been slaughtered.
So, for all intents and purposes that Privileges Committee hearing will be nothing but a sham Court.
July 21, 2014 By
De Guvament in Jamaica decide that dem gon put a stop to alcohol abuse. All de rum drinkin and bad behaviour must done, is basically whah de Guvament want. In fact, according to de news, de Jamaica Guvament want to stop de abuse of hard liquor especially, because dem seh it not good fuh people health and safety.
Well, if that news was true, then de Jamaica Guvament need to teach de Guyana Guvament how to handle tings like these. It gotta lotta alcohol abuse goin on right hey in Guyana and de Guvament ain’t doin nutten bout any ting.
Taxi drivers drivin drunk. Mini bus drivers driving drunk. Even de pullice and ex-pullice drivin drunk, knockin down people and killin dem. Then dem does drive away, throw out all de beer bottles from the car, and come back to de scene. At least one get he share of licks from people in Mahaicony de other day fuh de same nonsense.
Plus MPs drivin drunk and admittin publicly that dem does give pullice men bribes to keep dem quiet. Some MPs even goin to Parliament drunk. So imagine any law to stop alcohol abuse in Guyana gon have to happen wid a debate among a setta drunk men who abusin hard liquor and hardly a day does past dem.
As fuh Rum Jhaat, he read de article and decide that he ain’t ever goin to Jamaica, even if is billion dollar client he get to represent in court. Now he gettin worried because he was wonderin whether or not de entire Caricom might decide to do de same ting in all de Caricom countries.
Right away Rum Jhaat seh if that ever happen, he gon tek Caricom to court and then move a no-confidence motion against Caricom in Parliament. That is how hard Rum Jhaat gon fight to stop de abuse of hard liquor in Guyana.
Ting-a-ling-a-ling…friend tell friend…mattie tell mattie! After all, Rum Jhaat does tek a lotta hard liquor very hard and it gon be hard ting now fuh he to stop!
July 21, 2014 By
…to see who’ll be at AFC funeral
You know the kind of fellas who want to be seen as “big and bad” – but all they have are big mouths and bad breath, don’t you, Dear Readers?? So they flail away from the target of their rage – from a three feet away, at least! – while yelling to their friends, “Hold me back, before Ah kill ‘e!!! Hold me back!!” The friends, meanwhile, having been through this rigmarole many times before, know they don’t even have to touch him. But they go through the motions!!
So here we have the AFC and its leaders Ramjattan and Nagamootoo trying to be “big and bad” against the PPP/C Government by threatening a “no-confidence” motion. (Not so incidentally, what does this do to the AFC’s claim to fame that they’re “multiracial” – when the two leaders are both Indians – and ex-PPP Indians to boot??! Where have you gone Nigel Hughes??)
Now a “no-confidence” motion is very simple. All you do is wait for the Government to introduce ANY Bill. Say, the Supplementary Spending Bill. When it’s time to vote on the Bill, you announce a “no-confidence” motion – and if you have the majority to carry the vote – the Government falls!!! By our Constitution, the President has to prorogue Parliament and call elections in three months. Can’t get more simple than that, can it??
This, Dear Readers, is the source of the “power” the Opposition boast they have, after they won a majority of seats to the National Assembly. The power to bring down the Government. The thing is, however, the Opposition – especially the AFC – don’t have the testicular fortitude to make this move. They are scared sh*tless that if they go to the polls, they’d be wiped out. Annihilated. Skinned alive.
So this is why we’re having all this “hold me back!” manoeuvres like making up charges against the Finance Minister to the Police. But what takes the cake is writing to the President threatening to “do it”!! Who the hell ever heard of a politician, asking permission from their opponent to use his supposed “biggest weapon”?? Especially when weeks before, the said President had already said, rather nonchalantly, “Go right ahead!! Make my day!!”
Truth of the matter is that by calling their bluff, Prezzie has effectively emasculated Ramjattan and Nagamootoo.
They can’t even hold Larwah…since that’s been cut off!!!
…on being gay
The tragedy that’s befallen the gay sex-worker community – with two of their members murdered over the weekend – brings to the fore some issues that are routinely swept into the closet and under the rug. Take the case of the sex workers themselves. Why are there so many of them doing what they’re doing so openly?
From what we’ve been told, they have a vibrant “fraternity” – so sex among themselves is not the issue. Most of their clients are so-called “straight” men who live lives of quiet desperation, trying to bury their desires. Take the fella who confessed to committing the murders. From what his mother says, he was a “God fearing” individual who never revealed his preferences – so we can assume he was “passing”.
The question Guyana’s refusing to face is why should so many persons hide what is revealed eventually even though they desperately try to suppress their nature?? If they’re not harming anyone, shouldn’t they be allowed to express their desires in the privacy of their homes. And not be condemned by their communities so that they have to scout prospects – for pay – by the Cathedral??
Sugar is coming down to crunch time. Decisions will have to be made. We hear that the Board is thinking of moving GuySuCo’s headquarters from Ogle. But why to Enmore?? If the present problem – and the future salvation of sugar-is in Berbice, shouldn’t top management be there???
July 21, 2014 By