Thursday, January 8, 2015

Why It's Exhausting To Live in Guyana....9

I was very saddened to see the effect of petty politics expanding to affect the National Psyche. A drunk teacher was heckling the lame-duck President on recent outreach to drum up support for the upcoming Elections.  The teacher apparently was slapped by the Presidential Guard, who later reported that no physical action was undertaken and today's anti-Government paper points out the local Leader's Council of the village (it was an indigenous community where qualified teachers are in limited supply) who wrote to request his removal inadvertently mentioned that he was slapped.  It appears the Anti-Government media in their haste to highlight the Government in a bad light conveniently ignores that the encouragement of disdain for officialdom has resulted in disrespect for Laws resulting in increased chaos and accidents on the roads and all aspects of civil life leading to grand disillusionment. My neighbour's son who was a traffic rank and tried to do his best, reported that some of the worse offenders are those drivers who transport people who have the blessing of someone in the Army or Police Force (who maybe even own the vehicle) and KNOW that they can break the rules/law with impunity. I myself came across a taste of this as some idiot came and parked behind me while I was manouvering out of a tight parking spot and as I was being careful to not touch the car next to me, edging out I came to stop in the middle of his vehicle -- now I was already a quarter out onto the road-- how much brains did it take to work out not to park behind a car edging out?? He certainly wasn't there when I started.. so I told him to meet me at Kitty Police Station-- one of the corrupt ones in the traffic department as the Woman Police Officer told me to drop the case when a young woman who was driving her boyfriend's car lashed off my wing mirror and didn't turn up to go to inspect the scene of the accident. I sat and waited for the man for about an hour and when he didn't turn up I drove off--- I rang to find out if anything had been reported within 24hrs and was told no...the Laws state if nothing is reported within 24hrs the Police dismiss the case. I saw him on the road six months later-- an old geezer apparently driving someone's children and was surprised that the Police came to arrest my mother (I drive her car)-- thereby proving that if these people want to, things can happen.
An anti-Government campaigner who invaded the Presidential offices, after being thrown in jail to cool off for a bit has been resurrected as a civil rights campaigner -- after sprouting racist statements and jumping on any cause to get media attention -- one wonders what hate-spewing policy would be formulated, if God Forbid, he was ever in a position to install one.
More alarming for me is the seeming defeat of those who try to be fair and straighten things out - an intelligent friend who was active in social causes has gradually over the years been withdrawing and noted that after 40 minutes of rain it takes 20hrs for the water in his yard to subside; while potential decision-makers are vying for power and 'hoping to be executive power in charge of the people who block the drains and do not repair the drains (see my thoughts but instead build higher and higher houses or buy more duty free vehicles which withstand the water when the lil rain falls.' Alarming to me is-- this is first time I heard talk of wanting to leave.

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