THE most recent public display of Bharrat Jagdeo is a marked departure from political decency and decorum and into unknown charters of our country’s political experience. It leaves one to wonder, how lower can he go?
I watched and listened with great amusement as the leader of the opposition who, at the yearly memorial pilgrimage of the late Dr. Cheddi Jagan at Babu Jaan, Berbice, took the opportunity in front of the obviously unimpressive crowd, to give dictates and promote himself. Not the legacy of the founding father of the PPP and the true philosophy of Dr. Jagan, nor did he promote his handpicked presidential candidate whom he publicly diminishes every time he is present, by hugging all the attention of the press, who he insults but, surprisingly, they still gave him the public stage.
Mr. Jagdeo took the opportunity in the noticeable absence of the children of Dr. Jagan, key party stalwarts such as Donald Ramotar, Clement Rohee, Ganga Persuad, Dr. Frank Anthony, Anil Nandlall, and many others, to sell himself as the chosen and anointed leader and face of the party Dr. Jagan founded and built.
Mr. Editor, despite the aforementioned snippets of the circus of Jagdeo’s performance at Dr. Cheddi’s memorial, it would be remiss of me not to state unequivocally, that we in Linden and Region Ten take umbrage at the audacity of him to call on us, the people of Linden and Region Ten, to “chase out” our beloved President, David Arthur Granger, ministers of “our” government, when they come to our township and region. Is he crazy?
This man who, when as President and his PPP administration thereafter while in government marginalised, economically-stigmatised and disenfranchised our people, shot and killed innocent protesters. Mr. Editor, time and space, it is not a luxury in your pages for me to list the unforgettable scars of our experiences of the Jagdeo/Ramotar barbaric reign.
Mr. Editor, l strongly believe it would be most prudent to inform Mr Jadgeo, and he should take this message/advice very seriously, we in Linden and Region 10 will not take dictates from him or anyone for that matter, to bring disrespect to “our” President and government.
Additionally, any of your supporters that exist in very relatively small numbers within our community, who attempt to act in accordance with your directive to “chase” our leaders will have a much stronger and profound counter- “chase” from our supporters in accordance with the law . After all, we are a peaceful people, and we don’t look for trouble, just ask around.
In conclusion, it is important to note that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” (George Santayana– philosopher). We will never forget where we came from and the hardships of those 23 years of dictatorship /authoritarian rule, rampant drug smuggling, gold smuggling, absolute corruption, suppression of press freedom, murdering of 468 Afro-Guyanese men, etc. I maintain, Guyana under the David Granger-led coalition government is better equipped to continue serving this nation for the benefit of all Guyanese. We must never allow ourselves to forget that most evil, wicked and corrupt PPP administration.
Forward ever, backward never
Member of Parliament