Letter to the editor: Robin Singh on Guyana’s election issues

June 29 ,2020

Dear Editor,

When Caricom Chair Mia Mottley stated “four Prime Ministers accompanied me to talk to both sides and to urge patience especially after the death of one person (in elections unrest)” it encapsulated the main reason why the Guyanese populace has been so far restrained and have quietly endured the painstaking recount of all ballots cast in the election. It would be fallacious to think that this status quo will be maintained indefinitely.

David Granger and the APNU/AFC leadership have used ‘willful ignorance’ to create a political problem for which they will accept no judicial solution. The APNU+AFC’s intent is clear, a frustration of the declaration of the results of the elections in the hope of forcing negotiations for shared governance and/or fresh elections. The earlier Granger and his cohorts are disabused of these notional fantasies the better it will be for all concerned.

David Granger will not accept a judicial solution to his manufactured political problem; He (Granger) has dug his heels in and there will be no voluntary movement forward. To avoid a (looming) civil strife, CARICOM got involved and has failed; the civilized world has threatened sanctions but is lulled into stasis by the lotus of the courts. The struggle is firmly in Guyanese hands, as is our destiny.

A period of non-cooperation with the Granger administration must begin immediately. Law enforcement agencies must be made aware of the consequences of following orders that result in repression of public dissent and/or injury to citizens; Those hurriedly accepting large government contracts can take it as a promise that those will be closely examined and (they) should be prepared for prosecution for any corrupt acts. The COVID 19 taskforce must be declared invalid as it is being used to repress Guyanese, it (the taskforce) is headed by party apparatchiks, and Regions 1 and 9 are being made to pay for the exercise of their democratic franchise. Today the entire staff of GUYSUCO found out there is no salary, tomorrow it will be the turn of other workers in other sectors, hunger is once again stalking Guyana.

When this crisis is over and the unrest is all settled, Guyanese will have to face the fact that our society has lost its moral compass and must engage in a mighty struggle to regain bearing on true north. We must ostracize those who have shown contempt for honesty, decency, and morality; it cannot be ‘forgive, forget, and embrace’ after this almighty struggle with evil is over. One young person18-year-old Seedat’ Devon’ Hansraj, has already died in the struggle for Guyana’s freedom in 2020, he may not be the last on this road to perdition upon which we are set.

 

Respectfully

 

Robin Singh

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4 Comments

  1. Bob D
    July 3, 2020

    RACE, is the underlying factor and Mr Robin Singh is somewhat dis-ingenuous in this whole scenario. Guyana is now a time bomb waiting to explode, “it ent go be easy” , the Caribbean will have to take a closer look at how the East Indians in Guyana and Trinidad co-relate with their African counterparts. In both Caricom States,the level of RACISM have become structural, a Nation created within the existing one. Some say “all ah we is one” or “every creed and Race, find an equal place”, its all feel good talk. Politics Manipulated with the VARNAS, is the doctrine the East Indian use to move forward and the African is not in this equation, but individually, they are used by the East Indians as WINDOW DRESSING, a Dominica/Trinidad former JURIST can attain to that.

  2. Bertrand Byrne
    July 3, 2020

    All these pundits forget that Indian were brought to Guyana by Britain after they used and abused our forefathers for free! The British system of winner take all will never in Guyana just because Indians make more babies! There has to be a federal system to share the resources and allow some for of self government ! Any other thinking is delusional! Ppp stole so much from the people during their time in office now they plan to take all the oil money for themselves! So please stop the fake arguments about democracy when you know full well that Guyana is a deeply divided along ethnic lines ! Winner take all system will never work ! End of story! The oil money has brought that systemic problem to a head and now can only be solved by federalism

  3. Nkrumah Kwame
    July 1, 2020

    Couldn’t agree more!
    I have been following the process from day one. The interim president (Granger) along with Jadeo AGREED that CARICOM should oversee the recount and that he(Granger) would ACCEPT the decision since the group was the “most authentic” foreign observer.
    His own son-in-law, has asked him to concede. Today a group of Caribbean “legal luminaries” working in different parts of the world joined their voices as well as the Guyana business organisation. Not forgetting the ABCE countries. All to no avail.
    He and his supporters talking about “sovereignty and interference in Guyana’s internal affairs”
    They have been warned of the possibility of looming sanctions, but they eh care. The greed has overtaken them due to the oil discovery.
    I fear that this abundance of the “black gold” will transform the nation into a next Venezuela.
    Suriname, the next door neighbour recently had its election, is a shining example for him to follow. He does so at the expense of the…

  4. BLACK LICES MATTER
    July 1, 2020

    I am puzzled as to wh Mottley would instruct the GECOM officer, when the officer was directed by the court to tally only valid votes.Is Mottley above the law or Guyana, does she respect the constitution of Guyana. Guyana has laws and a constitution, any outside entity cannot instruct GECOM an independent body set up by the constitution of Guyana.Moreover let Guyana sort out their election issues. Too many outside influence. No Government must be elected with fraudulent votes…

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