Guyana Election – My Opinion…

To Guyana and my fellow Guyanese – if you’re like me, you’re closely and cautiously monitoring the upcoming election.  Not so long ago, Guyana was under a communist rule – freedoms were suppressed and those that bravely fought for freedom paid with their lives.  I grew up under communist rule; I remember vividly the racial divide and the suppression of Indo Guyanese.  I witnessed firsthand the suffering and lack of our ethnic foods.  Only the politically connected or who’s who enjoyed imported foods such as cheese, flour, split pea, etc. while the same was illegal/forbidden to the general population.  The tactics were directed towards the suppression of Indo Guyanese – the majority of Guyana’s population.  Yes, it wasn’t too long ago that under the watchful eye of Britain and the USA, alliance was given to Forbes Burnham because they feared Cheddi Jagan was a communist.  The two world leaders did not want Guyana then under British rule to be governed by a communist.  So support was given the London educated economics lawyer, Forbes Burnham.  Ironically, upon his election, he veered and aligned Guyana with communist countries such as Cuba and the Soviet Union.  Guyana was subjected to autarky (you consumed what you produced) and communist leadership until his death in 1985.  I referenced Burhnam’s legacy because it is important to know that Forbes Burnham and Cheddi Jagan were both founders of the PPP (Jagan its leader and Burnham its chairman)…It is also important to note that David A. Granger was a commander in the GDF beginning in 1979 – a long tenure and partnership with Burnham and the PNC…

The resentment and distrust is still fresh and bitter for many Indo Guyanese and no one wants to repeat history.  Though progress was made, the country hit a stalemate after the last election with the shared government – no party wanted to work together for the betterment of the country.  With this type of negotiating tactic, progress stalled, Guyana suffered and most importantly, my fellow people suffered.  The current government has many faults, but it’s hard pressed to believe the unvetted promises of the opposition party.  We have rulers current and opposing with very little academic credentials.  I do not believe either party has the credentials and prowess to be rulers.  Each side is “power hungry”.  Granger has NO credentials to lead – being an army veteran does not qualify.  While Nagamootoo was a long standing PPP member, his change of alliance feeds thirst for political power.  Ramotar isn’t qualified either but which of the two is the lesser of the two evils: Granger or Ramator?  Jagdeo could have done a lot better if he didn’t sell out the logging and telecom industries among others.  The shortsightedness that allows foreigners to rape Guyana destroying natural habitat is an abomination: Omai, Bai Shan Lin, etc.  As we move forward as a nation, I believe in a shared government.  If these too foolish parties cannot work together to move Guyana forward and put their own personal needs or vendetta behind, both should be disposed of and fresh minds should be elected.  Until then, I hope NO party wins outright; thus, forcing a SHARED government.  Also very important, I hope my fellow Guyanese accept the outcome of the election and don’t feed the stereotype of looting and menacing.  Let’s show the world that though we are a “third world” country, we do not possess a third world mentality.  Together we stand; divided we fall.  One Love!