My memories of Dr Rupert Roopnaraine go back to him on the campaign trail in earlier elections. I remember him very energized and reaching into his soul during his deliveries, convinced that common sense would prevail at the polls. I remember him during this 2015 election, with less steam, less enthusiastic about the outcome, convinced that racism would triumph again. I am sure that he was more than overjoyed that the country had overcome that hurdle this time. So had the country, Dr Roopnaraine, so had the country.
Dr Roopnaraine will undoubtedly stand as one of the more educated, intelligent and articulate politicians of our time. I would like him to accept this expression of respect and humble tribute to what seems to be his lifetime efforts at righting Guyana’s political and economic problems. I sincerely hope that he continues to make a difference behind the scenes. And may the Guyanese who followed his work take up the mantle he just passed to them and carry on the struggle for a better and more prosperous Guyana.