Now that Guyana has been referred to the international body for money laundering and countering of terrorism, FATF, and the Caribbean arm of that institution has recommended countervailing measures against financial transactions involving Guyana, it is time that our citizens became outraged at what is happening in the political arena of our country’s affairs. Your editorial of May 30 summed up the political narrative succinctly when it alluded to the “continued finger-pointing, inflammatory comments and immature politics [that] can only feed polarization, keep distrust and hatred alive.”
Editor, this jarring by our political leaders has become the norm and it is as if we have no statesmen left among the current crop who can rise above the fray and attempt to ‘sing a new song.’
I had the wonderful privilege of meeting and listening to Mr Eusi Kwayana at Moray House recently, and it struck me that based on his current age and the period when he began his political and civic activism, he would have been a very young man in his early 20s. In fact, most of our prominent and historical political figures were young people in their twenties when they began the journey to self-government and independence in the 1940s and ’50s.
For this ‘new song’ to become a reality as your editorial of May 30 urged, the current generation of young professionals needs to step forward and become more civic minded and out in the forefront of the national discourse on policy formulation and advocacy.