commentaries consume an enormous amount of my time, I have to research them, I
have to gather the raw data, I have to examine all aspects of the situation I
am commenting on and deliver a commentary that is accurate, fair and not
libellous. I would sometimes examine eight or nine current issues before I
decide that one is capable of being given special attention.
would do these commentaries for any one of three reasons 1. He wants a
reputation and or fame. 2. He is being well paid for doing so.
3. His commentary
is exciting the outrage he expects and is producing some kind of reaction.
I am by nature a
very private person; I go out little, I spend most of my spare time in my
garden, I do not need any further fame or reputation and
I certainly do
not get paid for these commentaries.
So I am doing it
to alert the public to certain situations which are patently unfair,
incompetent or corrupt and which can ultimately affect them.
Two weeks ago I
did a commentary on Mr. BK. Tiwarie and not only have we not been given an
explanation by either Mr. Tiwarie or the Government whose contempt for the
Guyanese people seem to be boundless, in that they do not see the need to
account to us for their actions when questioned.
I am also yet
to see the reaction or the outrage from the public which I felt when I first
understood the situation that related to B.K International being given unfair
privileges which the rest of us do not enjoy. The GP&L situation I outlined
for you last week is also another example of no one in Government reacting or
caring about something which is totally unacceptable and patently unfair to its
of the Guyanese public in these matters seem to stem from the fact that they
perceive that their voice can make no difference to the functioning of the
system of their government, this is a serious incitement against a country in
which we talk about our new won democracy with such fervour and pride, of
course If the Guyanese people are so complacent that they cannot be outraged by
these situations, then I am clearly wasting my time. And I should stop.
In a democracy,
it is almost too obvious to state, that we, the people, have to raise our
voices whenever we see a sequence of events that impacts negatively on us, and
we must demand that someone account to us for his/her/ their actions. This is
the price of democracy; we have to demand it daily. And remind those who
believe that the democratic process begins and ends with an election, that it
is not so, that the process continues all during the 5 years until the next
election, and that we are watching them closely.
In 2000 the
president of this country initiated a series of conferences with the youth of
this country. These conferences were apparently arranged by Mr. Ondiga Lamumba,
so far all is as it should be, maybe even laudable.
conferences apparently went off well in regions 1-2-3-5-6-7-9-10, inexplicably,
according to the document I will outline for you in a moment, there were no
monies allocated for youth conferences in regions 4 and 8 where more than 40%
of our youths reside.
21, 2000 Mr. Doorga Persaud Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and
Labour wrote the head of the President secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon claiming
that G$11,640,000 advanced to Mr. Lumumba to purchase the necessary merchandise
to run the Youth Conferences were still outstanding to the ministry of labour.
Money for Food drinks, pizza, groceries, rental to several hotels, eating
First of all I
question the legality anyone taking, or giving permission to take, the Ministry
of Labour's funds to finance these conferences, I also question the legality of
simply handing Mr. Lumumba nearly 12 million dollars in seven checks [and I
have the check numbers] simply to go on a shopping spree, the fact that at the
time PS Persaud writes Dr. Luncheon, Mr. Lumumba had not accounted for the full
11 million and had 2.5 million unaccounted for is also compelling, I would hope
that he has accounted for it by now.
On PS Doorga
Persaud's letter to Dr. Luncheon, there is a hand-written note, presumably from
the good doctor himself, to take our lottery money and pay the 11 million due
the Ministry of Labour.
Guyanese our government officials can't be playing games with the people's
money in this manner, shuffling it from ministry to ministry between the office
of the president and the lottery fund, have none of these people heard of the
stone scam? It was essentially the same thing, but you see the IDB are looking
after our affairs far more diligently than those we have elected to do so for
us. Surely if the Auditor General was doing his job competently and fearlessly
he would, and certainly should have, questioned this strange sequence of
In the United
Kingdom where the institutions of government are still functioning as they
should, and on which our system of government is based, no self respecting
Permanent Secretary would have allowed himself to be placed in the position Mr.
Doorga Persaud found himself in, since he would have refused to release the
funds in the first place.
Finally, and I
could be wrong, I have this question, why were the youths of regions 4 and 8
excluded from these conferences/fetes? Monies were certainly not allocated for