On the evening of Saturday 22nd
of January 2005, 11 police officers swooped down on the business premises of
C.N. Sharma armed with weapons and a warrant issued by some PPP hack who
happens to be a Justice of the peace named Mohamed Hussein of Goed Fortuin
Housing Scheme, West Bank, Demerara giving them permission to illegally enter
Sharma's premises for which he should be held accountable, I will not even
begin to speculate why they had to come all the way to Goed Fortuin Village in
the West Demerara to get this Search Warrant for a matter happening in Robb
street, Georgetown, anyway, we are convinced that they illegally entered on to
Sharma's premises so whatever they did constitutes theft and trespass, in
addition they illegally seized his equipment and they also caused damage to his
property. Now the police officer who lead this force to seize Sharma's
equipment is non other than Superintendent Balram Persaud, now Persaud should
be aware of the consequences of abuse of power, since he was previously charged
by the PNC regime for Treason and was jailed for several years awaiting trial.
This force of illegal trespassers also
included Val Mickey Singh of the NFMU now it was this same little upstart who
came to VCT's studio and with the Ministry of Home Affairs and the police and
illegally seized FM equipment from my premises for which I will be suing this Mickey
mouse, the Prime Minister and the Minister of Home affairs for damages, 108
million dollars worth of damages. But it seems that he has a propensity for
But let's examine this case and lay
bare the facts for the public to see how far the executive in this country have
sunk into the realm of lawless and anarchy.
The current laws governing broadcasting
in this country which resulted from the Hoyte/Jagdeo dialog established an
Advisory Committee on Broadcasting the ACB. This Committee comprising one
member nominated by the PNC, one member nominated by the PPP and one member nominated
by the Private Sector Commission, was supposed to be an impartial body since it
was bipartisan in composition and it was supposed to advise the subject Minister
[in this case Sam Hinds] which among the Broadcasters were breaking the
regulations and what action was to be taken. Nowhere is it written that Hinds [acting
alone without the advisory Committee on Broadcasting recommending to him that a
certain action is to be taken against any broadcaster] has the power to act alone,
in fact the law which is a modification of the wireless telegraphy regulations
is very specific Hinds has no power to take anyone off the air without the ACB
recommending it and this only after some form of consultation/hearing with the
So Mr. Sam Hinds, not an indecent man,
but too easily led to break the law by Freedom House broke the law by sending
the NFMU to disconnect and seize equipment from C.N. Sharma and that Mickey
Mouse we have in charge of our NFMU also broke the Law since nowhere is it
written in the law that the NFMU can seize any equipment from a licensed
broadcaster. So he trespassed on Sharma's premises and destroyed the man's
property and there is visible evidence to prove it i.e. that wire and screws
were cut to remove parts of Sharma's transmitter.
Furthermore the Advisory Committee on Broadcasting
is no longer in place since the PNC has withdrawn their nominee to the body and
they have objected to the appointment of Carlton James which I have told you before
was riddled with irregularities since there was massive interference by the
executive in his nomination.
There is no question that Sam Hinds
broke the law, but the law he broke cost us a lot and he should respect what
had to happen in this country for this law to be put in our statutes the
enormous price we had to pay as a nation.
Before and after the 2001 elections
there was wide spread unrest in this country, since after the 1997 elections the
PNC were marching and committing acts of civil disobedience and in the process
the economy was being destroyed, to stop this madness and to settle its
differences with Hoyte and the PNC, the PPP signed what is known as the Herdmanston
Accord by which a process of reforming the constitution would begin and
elections would be held in 2001 one year earlier than the constitutional date.
Additionally after the 2001 elections
President Jagdeo invited Hoyte to a series of talks which was described as "the
This country paid a high price for this
dialog and this Constitutional reform process to start, there was massive
damage to the economy and to private businesses before the PPP finally decided
to sit down and discuss their difference with the PNC, that is how the Advisory
Committee on Broadcasting and the laws which established it came to be, but it
was supposed to be an interim body until the Broadcasting Authority came into
The PPP have refused to produce any
Broadcast Authority Bill which even remotely approaches what the Bi partisan
Board on Broadcasting or the dialog envisaged or recommended, what they
produced like all of its predecessors was a document is riddled with political
and ministerial interference. A Bill to control not regulate
Now ladies and gentlemen we can't keep
going back to more marching and disturbances every time the PPP acts in bad
faith and breaks some agreement they made with the PNC, but that is exactly
what is happening, almost all the ground gained in the marching and disruption
is being eroded by the PPP which can lead to more marching and disruption. The
constitution reform has yielded nothing, the Procurement Commission has not
been put in place, the Parliamentary commissions that visualised cooperation
between the PPP and the PNC in Parliament have not been implemented and those that
have been put in place their effectiveness has been compromised by subversive
actions by Mr Jagdeo, Mr. Luncheon and Freedom House.
The situation with the appointment of Judges
which I outlined in my previous commentary earlier this week on the "Legal System"
is a good example.
All of this is a recipe for disaster, I
see it with great clarity, and there will be serious consequences if the
nonsense going on now does not stop. Mr Corbin has been very tolerant, perhaps
too tolerant perhaps has not been leader long enough to mobilise the supporters
of the PNC to daily action, but there is danger in this, since this country has
a history of our people taking and taking and taking and taking until one day
things go completely out of hand with disastrous consequences.
We do not have a culture of fighting
day by day to keep the ground we earned in previous battles, and maintain a
daily struggle to ensure that our democratic rights are maintained such as I am
doing here in these commentaries or such as Sharma is doing, however crudely he
may be doing it.
Our people let things slide until it
becomes unbearable and try to recoup it all in one big violent upheaval. But
that is not the way; there is only disaster along that road. I am not
trying to cause trouble ladies and gentlemen, I am trying to prevent it, and I
am asking for good sense to prevail.
So I am calling on the PPP to stop the
lawlessness they are perpetrating on the people of this country. Implement all
agreements made with the PNC after the upheavals of the past forced you
to do so, or face more upheavals.
I do not see any other way out of
this mess we are in.