Pres­i­dent Granger has to move quickly to purge those bring­ing dis­credit to him

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Dear Edi­tor, Pres­i­dent David Granger is los­ing face in the tem­pes­tu­ous teapot that is Guyanese pub­lic opin­ion. He risks los­ing more. It is not a stretch to say that he is los­ing some cred­i­bil­ity. It is not any­thing that he him­self is do­ing; it is what Mr. Granger is not do­ing with those around him, and who by their ac­tions de­mean if not de­grade him. I im­plore (with ap­pro­pri­ate def­er­ence) His Ex­cel­lency to lis­ten. He must act and soon.

The whis­pers are not so muted any­more; they are no longer iso­lated to a patch here and a smat­ter­ing over there. In fact, the whis­pers are no longer hazy, sur­rep­ti­tious, be­hind-the-hand mut­ter­ings of a few dis­grun­tled rowdy el­e­ments. Rather, they rep­re­sent a grow­ing in­sis­tent cho­rus of the gen­uinely con­cerned and alarmed that what is hap­pen­ing re­dounds to the pres­i­dent’s dis­favour, and to the in­creas­ing detri­ment of the en­tire na­tion. The pres­i­dent loses good­will daily.

Mr. Granger loses per­sonal and pres­i­den­tial good­will be­cause of the trou­bling, coun­ter­pro­duc­tive, and ugly dis­rup­tive ac­tions of his com­rades. They are as close as to be on the very in­side; they are as open books on the out­side. Stated less po­litely, the many fi­nan­cial shenani­gans and po­lit­i­cal vagabondages of the just as many stal­warts and sea­soned po­lit­i­cal swindlers as­sem­bled around the ta­ble of lead­er­ship are vis­i­ble and au­di­ble and per­cep­ti­ble in the ranks of the pop­u­lace. It is a pop­u­lace that was once hope­ful; nowa­days, once hope­ful as­sumes a more and more dis­tant feel to it.

Up­stand­ing ci­ti­zens, in­clu­sive of a solid num­ber of his party’s sup­port­ers are wor­ried that th­ese mis­cre­ants and their ills are so em­bed­ded as to be up­end­ing and self­de­feat­ing. In the mean­time, the coun­try hurts and shrinks. Peo­ple want to see move­ment; they want to see the cor­rupt moved out and far away be­fore they can do more dam­age. Now oth­ers might be re­luc­tant, even ap­pre­hen­sive, about telling the pres­i­dent where he stands in all of this. I am not; and I pro­ceed to ex­press (re­spect­fully) how he has suf­fered and is tak­ing a con­tin­ual beat­ing. I use the lan­guage of Wall Street, fa­mil­iar to me, but

not in any way a stranger to sen­si­ble dis­cern­ing Guyanese.

Mr. Granger’s stock is still high. But here is the key: it is not as high as be­fore. The prom­ise has fal­tered; there is fall­ing. Care has to be taken that a freefall does not fol­low. Though pub­lic opin­ion is volatile, the charts and trends point mostly down­wards. For there are a host of re­signed shrug­ging shoul­ders, and hands held shoul­der-high that cap­ture those univer­sal voice­less ex­pres­sions of: what to do? Where to go? What now? What next? And what else? There are no com­fort­ing an­swers for in­creas­ingly des­per­ate Guyanese, and espe­cially when they gaze at the pres­i­dent. I sense that the gaze is now in­creas­ingly wist­ful, as if rem­i­nisc­ing on what could have been….

Sliv­ers of that gaze en­croach per­son­ally. By my own eval­u­a­tion, the pres­i­dent pos­sessed some of the at­tributes of star­dom. I con­fess that he strug­gles to­day to not join the realm of dis­ap­point­ing an­gels. No! he did not dirty his wings; those near to him, even dear to him, did so for him. So-called friends and neigh­bours pros­per through per­ver­sity; mean­while the pres­i­dent di­min­ishes in stature.

For his part, Mr. Granger came like new air; the heavy weights of pre­de­ces­sors were not his; now, there is spread­ing risk of the ex­pan­sive stal­e­ness of the old, whether re­cent or vin­tage. Be­cause of all th­ese rea­sons, and myr­iad more, and what is teth­ered to his per­sonal and lead­er­ship lega­cies, he must act. The pres­i­dent must be rid of the as­sorted trick­sters and sharpies in the midst, and who wilt be­fore the with­er­ing glare of a dis­tressed un­for­giv­ing pub­lic. Oth­er­wise, he will be re­mem­bered as one good man in bad times who al­lowed him­self to be sur­rounded by bad­der peo­ple; a man who hes­i­tated while a na­tion lan­guished.

In sum, the pres­i­dent has to move quickly and un­flinch­ingly to purge; the po­lit­i­cal price would be wel­comed be­yond party con­fines, by the wider na­tion. In clos­ing, I ap­peal to Mr. Granger: do­ing noth­ing is not an op­tion. Thus, he can be tainted ir­re­versibly. Yours faith­fully, GHK Lall

Sun Mon Tues 03/06/18 04/06/18 05/06/18 05:00hrs 09:00hrs 09:30hrs

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