I have a dream about the Pres­i­dent’s meet­ing with the Op­po­si­tion Leader

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Dear Ed­i­tor, I have a dream. A dream that some­day in the not too dis­tant fu­ture that the peo­ple of Guyana will be vot­ing for the Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Na­tional Con­gress (PPNC) and that elec­tion cam­paign meet­ings will fea­ture on the same plat­form names like Greenidge, An­thony, Teix­eira and Har­mon. Yes I have that dream. And I have a dream that out of the re­al­iza­tion of my first dream, the peo­ple of Guyana will be judged hence­forth not by the tex­ture of their hair but by the good­ness of their hearts. Yes I have a dream that in the not too dis­tant fu­ture Guyana will rise up as a uni­fied na­tion with a boom­ing econ­omy and a happy and con­tented pop­u­la­tion en­joy­ing the good life. Yes I have a dream that one day, and I may not live to see it come true, Guyana will be a coun­try that makes the ma­chines that make the ma­chines. Yes I have a dream that suc­ces­sive lead­ers of the PPNC with names such as Ram­son, Jones, Nkota, Solomon and Gouveia Jnr. will even­tu­ally pi­lot this na­tion to the sta­tus of a ma­jor power in this hemi­sphere.

Yes, the ma­jor­ity of your read­ers will say dream on Kir­ton. But I have an­other dream and that is on Jan­uary 9, 2019, when Pres­i­dent Granger and Op­po­si­tion Leader Jagdeo meet there will emerge con­sen­sus that some for­mula must be crafted that will see the two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties work­ing more closely to­gether thereby set­ting the foun­da­tion for a fu­ture PPNC Gov­ern­ment. And un­like the naysay­ers who feel that a PPNC will unify, not the na­tion, but a band of crooks who will col­lab­o­rate to rob the peo­ple of the na­tion’s oil wealth, I have a dream that cor­rup­tion and law­less­ness will be re­duced to a min­i­mum and our peo­ple will live in har­mony and peace. I also have a dream that there will be an ef­fec­tive Op­po­si­tion and a dili­gent Civil So­ci­ety Move­ment. Fi­nally, I am told that some­where in the world at a rail­way cross­ing there is a sign that reads: “When two trains ap­proach this cross­ing from op­po­site di­rec­tions both shall stop and nei­ther shall pro­ceed un­til the other has passed.” I have a dream that should none of my dreams come true the sign at that rail­way cross­ing will rep­re­sent the “modus operandi” of our two ma­jor po­lit­i­cal par­ties and “modus vivendi” of our two ma­jor eth­nic groups. Yours faith­fully, Wes­ley Kir­ton

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