To my utter astonishment I looked at my Stabroek news
dated Sunday October 6th 2002 and the headlines declared that our President
was calling on us to quote "save us from ruin" My first question was, save who
from ruin, the nation? the PPP? The government? Assuming that he could not
possibly be asking us to save the PPP from ruin. I also deduced that he could
not be asking us to save the Government from Ruin, so he meant the nation. He did
not ask us to save the rice farmers from ruin? The civil servants? The numerous
businesses that have gone bankrupt over the past few years? Whilst his
government sat by wallowing in their incompetence and corruption.
Where was Mr. Jagdeo when the path that has led us to
this sorry state was being paved by his corrupt and incompetent Government.
Where was he when BK Tiwari was doing substandard
nonsense at the expense of this nation and in the process preventing competent
Guyanese contractors from participating in the national economic pie.
Where was he when public servants were being replaced in
the public service, the police force and other places with loyal party hacks, instead
of competent persons regardless of their racial origins?
Where was he when Luncheon refused to honor the salary
and other agreements for public servants and they had to strike for 50 days to
get their benefits?
Where was he when he passed the control of our police
force to that incompetent and completely confused man Minister Gajraj.
Where was he when this same Minister began the
systematic destruction of the police force to centralize it and remove the
powers of the Regional Commanders rendering the force useless in the regions,
because he wanted to control it but was incompetent to do so.
Where was he when we disclosed that a huge group of
people known to be PPP supporters were guilty of exporting Gold from this
country and were never charged?
Where was he when the stone scam occurred?
Where was he when the judicial system was being
systematically destroyed denying Guyanese of even the most rudimentary access
Where was he when the attorney General's chambers was
being systematically destroyed, so that the work of the AG's chambers can be
doled out to party hacks.
Where was he, when after agreeing to dialog between
Hoyte and himself his party chose to deceive rather than to reconcile and to
yield some of the enormous powers the 1980 constitution gives to the executive.
Where was he when Sam Hinds was giving away the patrimony
of all Guyanese to ESBI to form GP&L.
Where was he when the traders were being thrown out of Regent
Street and Water street without offering them a suitable alternative? Anyone
who does not know that these quote "vendors" were moving away from the path of
criminality in order to eek out a living as traders, and have now returned to
the path of criminality is not fit to be a Guyanese, much less President.
Where was he when PPP functionaries who did not own a RED
CENT in 1992, began building mansions in 1996.
Where was he when the Black clothes police were perpetuating
gross atrocities on all the Guyanese people especially the Afro Guyanese
Where was he when the Visa scam was going on, and his
own Black clothes police were acting as enforcers for Carroll.
Where was he when after he went to Berbice and promised
the residents there that the killing of innocent people by BASS would be
investigated and death with, nothing happened?
Where was he when after making magnanimous promises to
bail out the small rice farmers, nothing happened to help them, bankrupting
many of them in the process.
Where was he when no rice miller in this country could
afford to pay for power from GP&L and have to generate their own?
Where was he when three men were assassinated by the
police on Mandela Ave. and after promising a full investigation, nothing happened.
Where was he when after investigating the assassination
of one Vincent Griffith our former chancellor, now the head of the Police Complaints
Authority, told us that the police version of the matter made no sense and were
lucky that Gajraj and the Commissioner did not charge them for murder. Mr.
Kennard even awarded the family compensation.
Where was he when this country did not establish ONE
strategic allegiance with a single United States firm throughout the entire
period of the PPP's administration, because the PPP hates the United States to
this day for the damage done to their party during the cold war. Your party was
on the wrong side from 1963 to 1989 Mr. Jagdeo, so you and Mrs. Jagan must bear
the consequences of it now, holding a grudge against the US is foolhardy and is
hurting this nation.
Where was Mr. Jagdeo when Ms Gail Texeria at a meeting
of the PPP some months ago, told all gathered there that if any of them thinks
that the PPP is not still a socialist party, they must think again.
Where was he when he called the Chairman of the Private
Sector Commission, Brian James and directed him to appoint Mr. Carlton James to
the advisory Committee on Broadcasting? And without convening the PSC and
without consultation with a single private broadcaster, James did so. If the Private
Sector Commission think that I have forgotten this matter, they must think
Where was he when Sam Hinds was conducting secret
negotiations with ALCOA notwithstanding that he, Jagdeo, had already agreed to
the dialog between the PNC and the PPP to QUOTE "resuscitate the bauxite
Where was he when his cabinet secretary accused the
leader of the opposition of supporting terrorists without one shred of evidence,
this is hardly the way to save us from ruin.
Where was he when demands were made to remove the
monopoly of radio and allow the opposition time on GTV and GBC, these are state
owned media President not party in power owned media, in Trinidad in 1982 the
courts there handed down a decision that the state media must give Mr. Panday
and the UNC time, in keeping with their seats in parliament, as compared with
the PNM who were treating it as their own. This means that if the PPP has 34
seats in Parliament and the Opposition parties have 31 seats, if you give the
PPP 34 minutes on the state owned media, you must give the opposition 31 minutes.
And the boards of the state owned media must be constituted in a manner to
reflect this parliamentary allocation.
Where was he when his government lied to the world bank
about our economic performance since 1992 glorifying the PPP's meager achievements
since coming to power and gave no credit whatsoever to the Economic Recovery
Program and told us that the four pillars which will be used to eradicate
poverty, will be the central Government and its Ministers, the Regional Councils,
the District Councils and the Neighborhood Councils. Wrong again Mr. President
the four pillars should be the 1.Parliament, 2. The Government, 3. Civil Society
and 4. the Religious Leaders and the NGO's.
Where was he when Suriname chased us out of the Atlantic
like little children, in our righteous pursuit of our oil, I direct Mr. Jagdeo's
attention to operation Climax where in August 1969 we chased the Surinamese out
of the New River triangle, in what can only be described as a completely
professional and daring operation by our GDF, and not the wimpy, inept process his
government employed in the oil matter spearheaded by Cement Rohee, Suriname has
400 thousand people, our army can take them again, if only you had the
testicular apparatus to do it. It made me ashamed to be a Guyanese.
These events did not occur on February 23rd
2002, they happened from day one of this government coming to power, the greed,
the ignorance and stupidity of the still communist PPP has led us to this sorry
state, BUT now people, Mr. Jagdeo is appealing to civil society? This can't be
the same civil society whose businesses are being systemically destroyed
because of high interest rates, high taxation, poor management of the economy,
corruption, incompetence, failure to protect them from criminals and marginalization.
Listen very carefully Mr. Jagdeo, many of your own supporters
are laughing at you, you are behaving like a little child whose hand is stuck
in the cookie jar and is crying for his mommy to help him.