APNU can­not risk a Manchurian can­di­date in Lin­den

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Dear Editor, I wish to re­mind my com­rades in the APNU that one of the strate­gies of the Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party/ Civic is to lure un­sta­ble com­mu­nity lead­ers to serve as their Manchurian can­di­dates. When they can­not get their way in a com­mu­nity they seek con­trol of, they work with their ‘imbeds’ to un­der­mine de­vel­op­ment in sub­tle ways and use it to score brag­ging points with gullible res­i­dents.

Ev­ery APNU-led coun­cil in Guyana was faced with the ‘Manchurian ploy’ of the PPP/C over the years and their im­plants are in ad­min­is­tra­tions and coun­cils. Lin­den is a prime ex­am­ple where per­sons in ad­min­is­tra­tions and coun­cils were serv­ing the Manchurian pur­pose. I ex­pe­ri­enced this first hand dur­ing my ten­ure as Mayor- lost some bat­tles and won in the end as I was able to ful­fil my pur­pose through part­ner­ship with the com­mu­nity and as­sur­ance from my heav­enly fa­ther that my char­ac­ter mat­ters most.

APNU can­not risk a Manchurian can­di­date at the helm of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Lin­den head­ing into 2020, nei­ther can we af­ford ‘un­der­mines’ from our own com­rades who blindly mis­in­ter­pret their role as “Party Rep­re­sen­ta­tives” and serve the in­ter­est of the op­po­si­tion.

The re­fresh­ing democracy which ex­ists with the APNU al­lowed lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to lead in the in­ter­est of vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, but this demo­cratic free­dom was mis­con­strued by some who felt they should ig­nore the will of the peo­ple, only ful­fil their self­ish de­sires, lis­ten to no party leader, re­ject the vi­sion of the party and curse the coali­tion lead­ers who sub­mit an op­pos­ing view- as min­utes of meet­ings would in­di­cate. To be a good leader and give di­rec­tions one must first learn to be a good fol­lower and take di­rec­tions. Good lead­ers are also train­able and never come with all the an­swers.

Hence the party’s wishes were de­nied time and time again in Lin­den and the late San­dra Adams had to mus­cle her way in on sev­eral oc­ca­sions. Cer­tain coun­cil­lors even took to so­cial me­dia to be­lit­tle her and the party and then cau­cused to go against the rec­om­mended choice of a new Mayor as my suc­ces­sor - since I had sig­naled my in­ten­tion to pro­ceed on stud­ies. They had their way and the APNU lead­er­ship then em­braced the pol­icy of ap­pease­ment, ‘manchurin­ism’ won, the PPP got their wish for a desta­bi­lized and un­der-served Lin­den and the peo­ple voiced their ob­jec­tion through the re­cent lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.

‘Anti-Manchurin­ism’ sen­ti­ments can be jus­ti­fied in this cir­cum­stance and with 2020 in view the coali­tion govern­ment can­not take things for granted and will need to make many po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions in or­der to ful­fil its man­date and to suc­cess­fully de­liver on its man­i­festo prom­ises.

Lin­den needs a strong leader and deputy who will act on the party’s be­half and the peo­ple’s be­half with a fo­cus on reach­ing com­mu­nity needs while bring­ing the peo­ple in con­sol­i­da­tion for 2020. Lin­den can once again de­liver the knock­out blow to the op­pres­sive PPP. As such I would rec­om­mend Pro­por­tional Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Can­di­date, Deron Adams be elected Mayor and Con­stituency 3 Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Leroy James serve as his Deputy. Time to re­ject manchurin­ism and any PPP in­roads in Lin­den.

Fi­nally, what­ever hap­pens in Ge­orge­town af­fects the rest of the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in vary­ing ways and to vary­ing de­grees. The APNU’s choice for Mayor will be equally sig­nif­i­cant in win­ning back the trust of the peo­ple and APNU’s largest vot­ing bloc. Fur­ther­more, in the last gen­eral elec­tion, youths played a ma­jor role in un­seat­ing the un­just PPP Govern­ment. It is now time to show youths that their con­tri­bu­tion to our na­tion is most valu­able. Akeem Peters’ el­e­va­tion to Deputy Mayor was a good start, but his stint in the cur­rent dis­pen­sa­tion makes him po­lar­iz­ing to the con­stituents de­spite his good-na­tured tem­per­a­ment. APNU can­not af­ford di­ver­gence at this time and must choose wisely some­one who will pro­vide hum­ble lead­er­ship- one who is train­able, youth­ful and pos­sesses the ca­pac­ity to lead a new path for Ge­orge­town. I see such qual­i­ties in young Den­roy Tu­dor as Mayor and Ubraj Narine as Deputy. Al­ter­na­tively, a more sea­soned Deputy to be con­sid­ered is Al­fred Men­tore.

It is time to make wise de­ci­sions and be­ware of choices which can un­der­mine the coali­tion’s in­ter­est. All other lo­cal or­gans will play a sig­nif­i­cant role in de­cid­ing the fate of the govern­ment at the next gen­eral elec­tions. More­over, all must be as­sessed when con­sid­er­ing sec­ond chances. Ge­orge­town is the cap­i­tal city and there­fore easy to be spot­lighted, but don’t be fooled by the dis­guise of other towns ob­scured in the dark. Guyana can­not af­ford the Is­raelites’ out of Egypt’s cry. Be­ware. Yours faith­fully, Car­wyn Hol­land For­mer Mayor of Lin­den

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