In a very
long letter, [almost an entire page, Mr. De Caires is getting very generous
with his space these days] in the Stabroek news dated 28th October
2003, under the caption "Peter D'Aguair had the ability and the plan to develop
Guyana" Mr. Michael Abraham the alleged current deputy leader of the United
Force I am calling it the United Force ladies and gentlemen since today the
name change to TUF is a joke, the UF is as TUF as jello, in it Abraham tells us
about the accomplishments of the founder of the UF Mr. Peter D'Aguair, in hind
sight ladies and gentlemen I have decided that forming a collation with Forbes
Burnham was not a smart thing for D'Aguair to do, he should have voted in
parliament to let Burnham form the government, but he should never have formed
a formal collation with him, since in becoming part of the Burnham
administration he lost control of the power he had as a third and independent
force in the parliament which all went to the leader of the collation, Burnham;
had D'Aguair remained an independent third force in the parliament Burnham would
never have had the power to put in place any mechanisms to manipulate the
electoral system, or the judicial system, or the 1978 referendum since D'Aguair
would have joined with the PPP to outvote Burnham in the parliament. Peter
D'Aguair coming from the background he did, could never have anticipated the
duplicity of a Forbes Burnham.
But more of
this in some other commentary, what I object to is Abraham comparing Manzoor
Nadir with a great man like Peter D'Aguair, it is absolute nonsense.
writes that Nadir a London trained economist with a degree in business from the
University of Alberta is a shining jewel in the PPP's crown today, first of all
what did all of this learning avail Nadir who ended up as a bankrupt taxi
driver/owner and the spokesman of the taxi and mini bus association. These are
indeed great accomplishments, for which we must all congratulate Mr. Nadir; and
since becoming a Minister in the PPP government what has he done except build a
new house for himself and create a huge problem for the chicken industry which
will ultimately affect all poor Guyanese? I will tell you what he has done,
I won't even
attempt to address what glowing accomplishments have been made in the tourist
industry. Only a fool would try to do that, when every Guyanese knows that
there is no tourist industry in this country.
an independent wealthy man very successful in his business, Mr. Nadir was not,
he was a hopeless leader of the UF, breaking many of its constitutional by-laws,
lost almost all of his Amerindian support to GAP and in three elections did not
win an outright seat in 92, 97 & 2001 he got a seat in Parliament only
through left over votes. So today less than 6 thousand people support the UF.
commentary discrediting Nadir in the Didco matter, this letter from Abraham surfaces
glorifying Nadir, it's Nadir's way of getting back some of his credibility but
it will not work, Mr. Nadir has no future as the leader of the United Force, in
fact he has no political future outside of the PPP and I have asked him to step
down and to call a congress of the UF supporters since he has not called one
since 1991 and he is required to do so every year by the month of October.
me to a meeting some months ago at which I asked him to hold a congress, and I
asked him to step down as the leader of the UF since he is in an illegal
collation with the PPP in parliament, this crossing of the floor even makes up
a substantial part of the agenda of the Communiqué between Mr. Jagdeo and Mr.
Corbin, Mr. Hoyte had challenged it in the court but that matter will never be
heard, new clock or no new clock, nothing will change there.
and gentlemen remember that I did not voluntarily break the confidence of this
meeting, Mr. Nadir has forced me to, because of that ridiculous letter written
by Nadir/Abraham, at this meeting to my utter astonishment when I asked Nadir
how he will campaign in 2006 against the PPP, he told me that he has a verbal
agreement with President Jagdeo that he will resign as a PPP Minister and
campaign against them, I asked him if he knew that the use of marijuana was
illegal in this country and that Ravi Dev, the WPA, Hardy and the PNC would
crucify him and the United Force, if he even contemplated such a nonsense.
Not to mention me.
In show after
show on GTV we see Nadir defending the PPP and their policies, especially those
which are the most repugnant to us, a prime example was his interview defending
the Procurement Commission situation, a situation where the PPP have broken our
constitutional laws, and a moral obligation to keep their word to the
international lenders to have a transparent way of awarding the nation's
resources in contracts, procurement etc. the PPP is still very much in control
of this process through the Procurement Administration, and are making no
effort to implement the constitutional Procurement Commission. But Nadir sat there
publicly making excuses for them.
gentlemen as faith would have it, the next day the 29th October 2003
the chairman of the initiative Dr. Peter deGroot in the front page headlines of
the Stabroek News tells us that and I quote him "the Government's suspicions
helped scuttle the Social partners initiative" deGroot also tells us [and I
want you to listen to this carefully ladies and gentlemen] that this distrust
caused the government to realise that it could not allow a third force to
become reality and commence to implement the constitutional reforms and to
engage the opposition in meaningful discussion.
The PPP even
accused the initiative to be supporters of the PNC, the reason is simple the
PPP is so insecure in the fact that they are managing the country badly by not
sharing the pie evenly, that they are almost paranoid in their dealings with
almost everyone, and the easiest thing to do is to call everyone PNC. I have
told you repeatedly that this can only lead to disaster, and it has lead to
disaster. Just look around you.
as if to reinforce what I have been saying all along, Dr. Luncheon tells the
members of the Initiative an incredibly stupid thing, he tells deGroot that he
has a significant problem dealing with groups like the social partners who had
not developed through any national electoral process.
commentary on the UF earlier this year I told you that neither the Dialog nor
the Initiative would go anywhere, since the PPP will not honour any agreements
it makes in the process. I told you that whilst the Initiative representatives
were talking to Ramoutar upstairs at Freedom House, all of the phones
downstairs were busy calling up the business people telling them that they will
be victimised if they do not open their businesses.
gentlemen I made it clear to you that it is up to you, the people in
this country with your votes who will have to empower someone else in
the parliament [a third force] with the statutory power to force the PPP
and the PNC to work together for progress, peace and development, and to demand
proper accountability from all Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Regional
Chairmen who build mansions for themselves with the nation's money within two years
of taking office, and here is the concrete evidence that what I say is the
truth and that the concept is without flaw, Dr. Luncheon wants a statutory
force to police the PPP, then give him one!
this country and who was or is a member or supporter of the United Force who
understood what that party stood for should join me and raise your voices and
demand that the UF holds a congress immediately, as they are required to do by
the very constitution of the party.