PREPARATION for the inauguration of President Irfaan Ali, on Saturday, is in full swing at the National Cultural Centre (NCC). When the Guyana Chronicle visited, on Thursday, members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Mounted Branch were seen practising, in uniform, on their horses, just outside the Centre.
The Mounted Branch was formed to assist in maintaining law and order and is employed for various duties including patrols, traffic, ceremonial escorts and equestrian display.
Meanwhile, members of the Joint Services practised for the Guard of Honour parade. Heads of Ranks were also seen inspecting the uniform of officers. In all operations, COVID-19 guidelines were being adhered to.
Inside the NCC, the building was thoroughly cleaned and one worker was seen adjusting the measurements of a long red carpet with her mobile sewing machine. Another worker was seen repainting the fence of the Centre.
Days earlier, grass cutters were busy at work ensuring that the environ around the Centre was in top condition.
According to the programme, the ceremony will take place at the National Cultural Centre beginning at 10:00 hours on August 8, 2020. The event will take on the customary procedure, beginning with the arrival of Prime Minister, Mark Phillips, followed by the arrival of the President.
There will then be a review of the Guard of Honour and the 21 Gun Salute. When the President and his entourage are escorted to their seats, the event will be blessed by prayers from Guyana’s three most prominent religions. There will also be entertainment in the form of patriotic songs from the Police Military Band MS, cultural dances and poetry.
President Ali will eventually give the only address as listed on the programme for the inauguration ceremony. Throughout the event, strict COVID-19 guidelines will be adhered to.
Ali was sworn in on Sunday, August 2, 2020, as Guyana’s 9th Executive President after winning the March 2, 2020 General and Regional Elections.