The law-breaking goes higher up, why start with the mini-buses?

Dear Editor,

I would like to take a minute to divert attention from the no-confidence vote and the related post mortems to discuss the code of conduct for mini-bus operators. My first thought upon hearing of a mini-bus code of conduct, was really is that where we want to begin?

The lawlessness and lack of consideration for public citizens and service standards is a microcosm of our society. We have parliamentarians, including ones who crafted the mini-bus code of conduct, sitting in parliament and knowingly breaking the law by having dual citizenship. I also read somewhere that some of these parliamentarians have not complied with requirements of public disclosure of their assets. Is there a code of conduct for parliamentarians and politicians?

We have for too long in Guyana expected the common persons to obey the law and be the moral compass of our society. They then get blamed for the lawlessness in the society which really permeates from the decision-makers which is the case of the mini-bus operators. It is really a case of monkey see, monkey do. So, whilst, I think a mini-bus code of conduct is a great idea for a lawful society, I have no confidence for its success in Guyana.

Yours faithfully,

(Name and address supplied)

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