My dictionary tells me that the word
vindication means the act of clearing someone from criticism, an act of
justification, of support.
For nearly 3 years I have been telling
you that the PPP will not deal in good faith with anyone and that in doing so
they are putting the country and their supporters in danger.
They promise and agree to one thing and
something else completely different happens.
So recently when the Guyana Human Rights
Association whose patience with the PPP seem to be wearing as thin as mine, since
this was the second criticism of this government from the GHRA during the month
of December 2004 alone, the first being a condemnation of the act raising the
age of consent to 16 which the GHRA labelled as a lazy and sloppy piece of
legislation, I rejoiced.
I am not even going to dwell on the
Amerindian act, that is the most repressive piece of legislation to come from
this ridiculous government in quite a few years, but since this has to do with
the Amerindians surely the PPP could not have overlooked the fact that the
Amerindians hold the key to the next election and that by trying to hold them
too tightly they can lose their support, this is a time to right the many
wrongs perpetrated on the Amerindians not to make the repression more obscene.
Since 1992 when this government got into
power by racial Indian voting, their neglect of the Amerindians has been criminal.
Raising the level of poverty of the Amerindians from 78% in 1992 to 98% today.
Over and over again I have told you
that the PPP will not deal in good faith with anyone that they betrayed the
goodwill and intentions of the Dialog, the Communiqué and the Constitutional
Reform process; but these were my interpretation of the facts and therefore I
was accused of being a trouble maker and a rabble rouser. How the government
has not concocted treason charges against me, given their propensity for doing
so at the drop of a hat, astonishes me.
The geniuses at the Advisory Committee
on Broadcasting [the ACB] even accused me of creating strife between the PPP
and the Amerindians, since I had the effrontery to point out to the Amerindians
that they did not have to take anymore nonsense from the PPP because they now
held the balance of power in their country and they must demand their just
share of the national pie, after all, ladies and gentlemen this is their historical
lands and it has remained so, since the Amerindians do not migrate and
backtrack to the US, Canada etc. believe it or not those geniuses at the Advisory
Committee on Broadcasting labelled my words as tending to establish racial
voting patterns in this country! In 2004 they are accused me of
inciting the Amerindians to racial voting patterns! Ladies and gentlemen when
racial voting patterns started in this country I was not yet a teenager but I
am doing things that can start it now according to the ACB.
The release from the Guyana Human rights
association expressed disappointment and dissatisfaction that the recommendations
of the Disciplined Forces Commission are stalled, and are going nowhere for
over a year and that the PPP were the ones to blame for this.
The GHRA report is critical of the
government's commitment to the modernization of the disciplined services especially
the police force.
Nine MP's were nominated to sit on the special
Parliamentary Committee from the PPP and the PNC, their job was very specific, to
implement the 164 recommendations approved by the full parliament as contained
in the bi-partisan commission's report by late august  before the
parliament went into its annual recess/coma.
The GHRA's Co-President Mike Mc Cormack
was especially critical of the PPP in this matter; expressing extreme
disappointment Mc Cormack said, and I quote him "the fact that the government
has not found it of interest to take any of the recommendations seriously does
raise questions, it seems as if they just went through the motions and never
took the question of modernization of the police force seriously" end quote.
In the mean time the PPP continues to
claim that their supporters are the ones that are being harassed by criminals,
but if Mr Mc Cormack and the GHRA are right, then who is responsible for placing
the Indio Guyanese in harm's way?
Is it possible that the PPP do not appreciate
what a good political commentator can do to them under these circumstances? Are
they so dense or so contemptuous for the safety of their own supporters, that
they are doing nothing but frustrating the process of modernizing the security
forces to protect their own supporters since it is interfering with the process
of their looting the treasury of the country? Or are they deliberately dragging
their feet in the implementation of the Commission's 164 recommendations to
modernise our crime fighting capability, so that they can use these apparent
attacks on Indio Guyanese to their political advantage? Can even the PPP be
guilty of such an atrocity?
Why did we go through this useless
process of reforming the Constitution? What has really changed? Are judges and
the judicial system now capable of rendering their decisions fearlessly? The
answer is no! Did the PPP and the PNC include an equality clause in the
constitution, an essential inclusion in any democracy? the answer again is, NO!
we went through months of debating whether we should put in the constitution
anti discrimination clauses for Gays, but not once did anyone from the
opposition recognise that the constitution did not say clearly ANYWHERE in it
that we are all equal under the law! The result is that NCN can continue to
compete with private Broadcasters for advertising whilst receiving subventions
from central Government and there is noting that we can do about it! No
contractor denied his rights to get a contract for political reasons can have
an effective remedy to his situation in any court in this country.
Supporters of the PNC are not getting
contracts whilst those who are loyal to the PPP and are giving kick backs to
political functionaries are getting all of the contracts, the opposition has
never tried to take the government to court for not implementing the
Procurement Commission even though they knew that the PPP was not implementing
this important Constitutional body which would act to give protection to their
own supporters. The PNC parliamentarians have at least 9 Lawyers within their
ranks, file a constitutional motion and force the PPP to answer why they have
not established the Procurement Commission. File a lawsuit demanding equal time
on NCN according to the allocation of the seats in the Parliament as Mr. Panday
did in 1982 when he was in opposition in Trinidad and won the case, that's how
you have effective opposition to the PPP.
The International Financial
Institutions know all of this, you see it piece meal in the news on a regular
basis, statements from them that the money is not being properly spent, that
feasibility studies must be done before any more monies are given, that the
poor are not getting their fair share of the HIPC funds, that we are a failing
state due to incompetence and corruption, but if any of this is true and a
substantial amount of money lent to Guyana ends up in the pockets of the
political functionaries, then why continue to lend such a repressive regime
money at all?
Stop lending this government any money
until democracy is established, I, as a citizen of this country, am demanding
it! And there are many Guyanese in and out of Guyana who agree with me!