A people must keep its powder dry

Arguably the most important issue raised in Mr. David Granger’s independence sojourn in New York was his statement of the kind of governance he would like to see developed in Guyana, and in my view, unless we want to unwittingly end up in an autocracy worse than any we have had so far, the Leader of the Opposition had better make his position much clearer and we had better pay attention to it. This is because I believe that when all is said and done, if this country is to progress, we must establish a more inclusive political framework.

We must not forget that we missed a good opportunity to establish or at least make a good political stand for more appropriate governance mechanisms during the constitutional process that took place at the turn of the last century. We did not then sufficiently appreciate that we were not living in a normal multi-racial society. Even Desmond Hoyte, then in charge of the PNC, only later come to that realization and so we proudly constructed all manner of constitutional commissions but left them in the same majoritarian mould.

Today we have to be careful that we are not on an even more utopian trajectory: focusing on even less important matters such as having the PNC give us assurances that they will not behave autocratically again! For my part, the PNC and the whole tribe of politicians can swear on the entire stack of sacred religious texts in Guyana and by all that is dear to them and I would not willingly put my life in their hands. If you value your freedom, the way to deal with this tribe is to pay no attention to their protestations of good intentions. In countries like Guyana where the political culture is undeveloped and the …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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