I took my annual leave this year in July/August I have
been back for around 3 weeks, my first commentary examines some of the matters
that I consider unresolved at this time.
The police have now appealed to civil society to
cooperate in the fight against crime. There have been several Television PROGRAMMES
with former PR officer of the city council Royston King making these appeals.
Well Royston, we all want to cooperate, but could the
minister of Home Affairs stop eating for a minute, and tell us why it is that his
ministry which is costing this nation 3.7 billion dollars to run the police
force and the fire department this year, and has 3000 police officers for the
730,000 people living in this country, one police officer to every 250 persons
and he still cannot maintain law and order. The international norm is one
police officer per 500 persons so we have double the amount of police we need,....
The GDF is costing the taxpayers 2.8 Billion dollars a year these two entities
are costing us 10 percent of our total Budget per year, what are they doing?
You can't just ask civil society for their cooperation
Royston, you have to earn their cooperation and respect. The police are yet to
On the 3rd of July 2002 the police complaints
authority issued a release which concerned the shooting of one Vincent Griffith
by two members of the police force, Mr. Cecil Kennard who has earned my respect
with this fearless decision in this matter states and I quote "their conduct
[the two police officers in question] amounts to GROSS recklessness and could
possibly point to deliberate acts on their part. I am [Mr. Kennard tells us] of
the view that they were less than frank in the versions of the incident they
gave, they are indeed very fortunate that it was not advised that they be
charged criminally". And Mr. Kennard agrees that the victim be compensated.
Based on this, the police should have reopened their
investigation into this matter, have they? If they have not, then they have no
right to ask any of us for our cooperation.
A constitutional motion was filed no. 137 M by one
Vincent Griffith a 12 year old minor who was shot by the police in New
Amsterdam. The Shaka Blair matter has seemingly died a natural death, but we and
Amnesty International are still waiting for someone to tell me the truth about
what happened in Buxton that night.
B.K. Tiwari was charged 50 million for messing up the Lama
Conservancy dam, how much of this 50 million has been paid to the residents of
the Cane Grove area who sustained damage to their property? No one seems to
know. Our reporter from The Evening News John Phillips visited the Lama and
the Dam was being reconstructed we saw video evidence of it, so my question is who
was reconstructing the dam?? And were they being paid to do so??? Have the
luminaries at the ministry of Agriculture and the D&I Board who allowed
this fiasco to happen, been held accountable and disciplined? if not, why not?
Just before leaving I viewed with some concern and
amusement the operations at our new pasteurizing plant on the East Coast, which
our duplicate Minister of Agriculture opened for us amidst much fanfare, who
designed that system minister??? Fred Flintstone!! Surely you can't be serious.
My question however is, is pasteurized milk now available on the local market? No
one seems to know.
As far as the crime situation is concerned can someone
tell me how many groups are participating in the current crime spree?
We know that there are a group who consider themselves
revolutionaries and who to all intents and purposes had declared war on the
police and the status quo. Two: we also know that there is some sort of drug
war going on in this country over the past several months, word on the street
holds that there is a 93 million US dollar dispute among rival groups, this WAR
dates back to the Killing of Taps and has nothing to do with the escapees. And
three: other individual criminal elements have seized on the confusion created
by all of this and have now become the most dangerous group to the population
at large. So there are 3 groups operating, does our police realize this? and
can they now tell us which crime belongs to which group. Since they are spreading
their confusion to the rest of us.
I have heard a rumor and I certainly hope that it is not
true, that we are awarding a 5.5 million US dollars management contract to some
British company to run our water system for us. Is minister Baksh serious, let
me put this in perspective for you ladies and gentlemen, Booker Tate who runs
our entire sugar industry for us, gets 400 thousand sterling plus their local
living expenses of 250 million G dollars a year, a total of 356 million Guyana
dollars per year [1.8 MILLION US], Are we going to pay some group 5.5 million
to run our water system? Baksh can't be serious, he is either on serious
medication or he needs SOME. Paying out 1.1 billion Guyana dollars of our taxes
to run GUYWA and we do not even know if this 1.1 Billion dollars includes their
local accommodation, vehicles, etc..... I, representing civil society say NO! Especially
given our experience with GP&L, who our president has now asked to take a
drop in management fee from 5 million US to 2.5 million US.
But since we are so enthusiastic about awarding
management contracts why can't we bring in Scotland Yard to help our police
force fight the current crime spree, now here is a management contract that
will benefit the Nation, Trinidad did it some years ago with a great deal of
success, are we afraid that it may be discovered that the biggest drug dealers
and crooks among us are sitting in our Parliament?
I have been unofficially informed that our light bills
have taken a quantum leap within the past 3 months; I have been looking around
my yard here at Versailles to see who is operating a rice mill on my property,
since my light bill has increased to 467 thousand per month. I will close here,
since I have been advised that 10 minutes is too long for a commentary, too
much information to digest at once, so I will keep them to around 7 minutes.