Monday, May 25, 2015

Indo-Guyanese fears post 2015 elections

On the eve of the 49th anniversary of Guyana's Independence the PPP, who in fact were the original political party of Unity, should contemplate their descent into ignominy and refusal to acknowledge the writing on the Wall since 2011 with the growing disillusionment of their supporters. Which is not to say that they had an easy ride with a resentful and unco-operative Civil service whose rules meant that it was difficult to fire and hire at will. I give them credit for managing to achieve when they did - the biggest impact on most Guyanese being the access to land to build a house, in my opinion.

Growing up under the PNC regime, although sheltered by parents who managed to keep their heads above water...when I reflect I remember the way the presence of over 50% of the population was effectively 'erased' - their presence and concerns not being reflected in the National media, and even papers for printing alternate news views being made difficult to obtain. It remains to be seen how new forms of communication and a hopefully better educated populace will respond ... apart from voting with their feet and migrating... here is what I 'lifted' from FB with minor editing for grammatical corrections:

"the PPP acted like an ass and get the jackass treatment. Blame you all self for being dotish. Several things could have prevented this tragedy from happening.
1. No need to fire DR. Bheri prior to elections. It showed signs of weakness.
2. For 23 long years yet PPP was not in control of police and army. Should have had more Indians in both army and police.
3. All the state jobs were in APNU people control. Every Government department were flooded with black APNU people.
4. Why was it so hard to find a minister of tourism? Irfan Ally had two minister jobs, minister of housing and acting tourism minister.
5. Why neglected Indian dominated areas where most of the PPP voters are living? At the end of the day, those same people votes PPP needed.
6. Why not being humble and visited all the villages frequently and find out the supporters problems and issues?( I would add --not only PPP supported villages!!) People felt abandoned and lost connection with PPP. Maybe COHESION would have be a good idea. Instead the ministers and hierarchy were like invincible supreme untouchables.
7. Why not put in place mechanism to control a proper process for elections? Including a pro PPP instead of pro APNU Gecom? How stupid is it to rule a country and let the opposition control the elections.
8. Why back bite and backstabbing each other in the PPP
9. Why listen to US when you knew their intentions. I KNEW!!!
10. Finally. I honestly don't see PPP getting back in power in the next 30 years. Be prepared to punish without power for a long time to come. May God help us all. The future under APNU will be strict and disciplinary and all the indians mouths will be zip shut.
We have no one to blame but ourselves. And we have to live with it for a long time because APNU will rig ever future elections from now on." end of copy/quote

I feel a bit gloomy about Guyana's future and hope some of the ten points above don't come to pass.

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