AFC is spent force with little relevance - PPP
a desperate and hasty attempt to appear relevant to the large number of Guyanese in the diaspora, who are in the country for cricket, the Alliance For Change (AFC) held a press conference last Thursday, putting on display, several of its leaders. The pronouncements which emanated from this high level AFC team were at best, hypocritical and contradictory and at worst, comical.
Minister Dominic Gaskin, an Executive Member of the AFC, made the bold and bizarre assertion that AFC Executives “are not bribable”. Guyanese know a different reality. They know about the wanton and wide- spread corruption that has engulfed the entire Government, including the AFC. They know of the allegations of corruption regarding gun licences in the Ministry of Public Security; they know of the scandalous GPL meter contract, where the contract was handed to a contractor without any experience and whose contract price was a billion dollars more than the next competitor; they know of the million dollar tax write off given to AFC financier, Robert Badal; they know of the multi-million dollars pharmaceuticals contracts, which are given to AFC financier, IPA, without any public procurement; they know of the secret wind farm project, being undertaken by an AFC financier, whom the AFC acknowledged to have purchase the land upon which the AFC headquarters is now located in Kitty, Georgetown; they know of the ¾ billion dollars of contracts, which are being handed out by and between the Public Security Ministry and the Ministry of Public works in relation to the Camp Street and Lusignan Prisons; they know of the $14 million per month drugs bond rental contract for a house in Charlestown, which a Cabinet subcommittee headed by AFC leader, Raphael Trotman and AFC “Elder Statesman”, Moses Nagamootoo, covered up and validated. We can give many more examples, but we believe the point is made.
We note also the pronouncement by AFC Executive Member, David Patterson, that his party has begun to campaign for the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE). We ask the Guyanese people to note, therefore, that if the AFC are now seen in their communities, they must know that they are only there to campaign for the 2018 LGE. We also note, the AFC’s spineless silence on President Granger’s continuous attempts to railroad the constitutionally prescribed process of appointing a Chairman for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).
The reality is that the AFC is a spent force and really has very little relevance any longer in electoral politics. APNU is well aware of this reality. This is the precise reason why the AFC did not contest the 2016 LGE. The Guyanese people have quickly seen through their false promises to the sugar industry and rice farmers; their contradictory position on the parking meter and VAT on private education, both of which they supported at the level of Cabinet but subsequently and hypocritically conveying the impression that they are pressuring the Government to change its positions on these two issues.
The public has also seen their duplicitous vacillations on the need for disclosure on important contracts entered into by the Government of Guyana. While in Opposition, they were loudest in the calls for public disclosures of such documents. Now in Government, they are the chief protagonists in defence of keeping such contract away from the population’s scrutiny.
Last but not least, the Guyanese public understands very well that the “review” of the Cummingsburg Accord, which the AFC is clamoring for, is a recognition that Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has no portfolio, power or influence in the Government whatsoever, and is a laughing-stock in Caribbean politics. When respected journalist, Rickey Singh, wrote in the Guyana Chronicle that Moses Nagamootoo is the most powerless Prime Minister in the history of the English-speaking Caribbean, Nagamootoo immediately fired him. The people are also aware that this “ribbon cutting” Prime Minister’s portfolio, suffered another cut, if this is even possible, when President David Granger appointed Dawn Hastings to be responsible for “Public Affairs”.
This is one of the nebulous functions which Nagamootoo prided himself as being assigned to perform. Now even this, has been taken from him. It is for these reasons that the population views his noisy siren and accompanying entourage, as quite a nuisance and an irritant to pubic peace and order. (PPP Statement)