When Cde Donald Ramotar declined re-election to the post of General Secretary (GS) of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) to focus on his presidency he displayed a great deal of mature leadership. His realization that the office of President and that of the GS of the party carry a demanding workload and that if he retains both it might well be a disservice to one or both offices, speaks volumes about his maturity.
In like manner the new General Secretary of the PPP, Cde Rohee, should realize that he should not be coy when responding to whether he can function as both the GS and Home Affairs Minister. He should take a cue from the President especially at this crucial juncture of the PPP.
In the same vein, there seems to be a belief amongst senior party leaders that the more positions and committees they are on the more their status within the party will be enhanced. This might very well be the case, but in the end the party suffers due to them having to divert their energies into many areas and at the end of the day they are not able to achieve much.
On another related matter, languishing in various advisory positions in the government is a set of party stalwarts who should return to Freedom House to strengthen the party. I am referring here to Cdes Navin Chandarpal, Feroze Mohammed, Gail Teixeira, Harripersaud Nokta, Kellawan Lall and Clinton Collymore. Amongst this elite set of stalwarts reside a total of more than two centuries of institutional data of party activism. Could you imagine the transformation that will take place at Freedom House if some or all of them returned?