Pres­i­dent iso­lated from re­al­ity

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Ed­i­tor,


long sus­pected, Pres­i­dent David Granger lives in a co­coon, iso­lated from re­al­ity, and blames the PPP/C for all the in­com­pe­tence and ad­min­is­tra­tive fail­ures of his Ad­min­is­tra­tion. In an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in the Guyana Chron­i­cle on Au­gust 2, Granger ac­cuses the Re­gion 5 RDC coun­cil­lors of be­ing “un­co­op­er­a­tive.” He said, “Many times the Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ties would call a meet­ing and they would not show up. The Re­gional Chair­man wouldn’t show up, the coun­cil­lors wouldn’t show up and the Mayor too.” So un­less the Pres­i­dent was mis­quoted or he was re­fer­ring to the REO, Ovid Mor­ri­son who acts like he is the Mayor of Re­gion 5, it seems that Pres­i­dent Granger is not even aware that Re­gion 5 does not have a Mayor. But that aside, Granger is also quoted as say­ing, “We ex­pect re­sis­tance from the Op­po­si­tion, but it is un­co­op­er­a­tive to the level of be­ing dys­func­tional. And, if you have a sys­tem in which [the] re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tion re­fuses to co­op­er­ate with the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment, it is be­yond de­fi­ance, it starts to be­come dan­ger­ous and I think the Op­po­si­tion has to bear re­spon­si­bil­ity for that.”

Ed­i­tor, I am ap­palled that the Pres­i­dent has cho­sen to ig­nore the er­ratic be­hav­ior of his drug-ad­dicted coun­cil­lor who dis­rupted and pre­vented RDC Statu­tory Meet­ings from be­ing held for 7 long months, while de­mand­ing an apol­ogy from the Re­gional Chair­man for not at­tend­ing a func­tion he was not in­vited to. But now we know what caused this be­hav­iour. And for 7 long months, the Pres­i­dent said noth­ing.

While I have writ­ten ex­ten­sively about the dis­rup­tive be­hav­ior of this for­mer APNU+AFC Coun­cil­lor Carol Joseph, it was not un­til her drug ad­dic­tion was made pub­lic that she was forced to re­sign. Even so, noth­ing changed, for her side-kick Abel See­taram and the REO, Ovid Mor­ri­son sim­ply took over where she left off. But while Abel See­ta­man re­mains a mos­quito that tries his best to an­noy PPP sup­port­ers while be­ing pro­tected from the fly swat by his drink­ing buddy, the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic In­se­cu­rity, it is the ar­ro­gant and self-right­eous REO, Ovid Mor­ri­son that poses the greater dan­ger to so­cial co­he­sion and progress within the Re­gion.

Ovid Mor­ri­son of­ten boosts about his long-stand­ing ties with the PNC, and the sup­port he en­joys from the Pres­i­dent. And why not? If with all the doc­u­mented ev­i­dence of Mor­ri­son’s ego­tis­ti­cal be­hav­i­uor that al­lows him to walk out of the RDC Statu­tory Meet­ings and re­fuses to meet with the Re­gional Chair­man, Pres­i­dent Granger still be­lieves the PPP/C Coun­cil­lors are the ones un­co­op­er­a­tive, then the Pres­i­dent is ei­ther gen­uinely aloof or a lousy mis­chief-maker.

Let me as­sure the peo­ple of Re­gion 5, that your rep­re­sen­ta­tives, the PPP/C Coun­cilors will al­ways co­op­er­ate in the best in­ter­est of the peo­ple of our Re­gion and will never be bul­lied in sup­port­ing any ac­tion that will bring them ad­di­tional hard­ship or un­der­mine the democ­racy that our peo­ple en­joy.

How can one co-op­er­ate or sup­port: ● When APNU/AFC Coun­cilors publicly and in meet­ing in­di­cate to the Re­gional Chair­man that they will make the Re­gion un­govern­able for him.

● When the REO makes uni­lat­eral de­ci­sions to re­move cash-crop farm­ers from their farms at Naarstigheid putting them on the bread­line.

● When the REO uni­lat­er­ally hands out gov­ern­ment re­sources that are al­lo­cated to the Re­gion, to his friends.

● When the REO uni­lat­er­ally de­cide to with­hold teach­ers’ salaries and bla­tantly dis­re­spect our teach­ers by re­fus­ing to meet with them and their union.

● When the REO show dis­dain and dis­re­spect for the Of­fice of the Re­gional Chair­man and re­fuses to meet with the Re­gional Chair­man to dis­cuss the many is­sues af­fect­ing the peo­ple of Re­gion 5.

It is the PPP/C that has al­ways sup­ported pro­grams that ben­e­fited the peo­ple, and we have a his­tory to be proud of. We have never at­tempted to cut the na­tional bud­get nor deny any­one the good life.

It is du­plic­ity on the part of the gov­ern­ment that is re­spon­si­ble for the lack of progress in Re­gion 5 and the rest of the coun­try be­cause char­ac­ters like Ovid Mor­ri­son is repli­cated through­out the gov­ern­ment. But don’t tell that to Pres­i­dent Granger, he is still liv­ing in a co­coon.

HARRY GILL PPP/C Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment

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