Ram­jat­tan bat­tling for rel­e­vance

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

I am very much un­sur­prised at the re­cent des­per­ate tirades by Public Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan, as he made an­other fu­tile at­tempt to per­son­ally at­tack the good name and char­ac­ter of the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) and Leader of the Op­po­si­tion, Bhar­rat Jagdeo.

While it is cog­nisant that any re­sponse to Ram­jat­tan would dig­nify his ut­ter­ances, it would be re­miss if I didn’t point out that such reck­less, spu­ri­ous and ju­ve­nile out­bursts have be­come char­ac­ter­is­tic of him and demon­stra­tive of his in­dis­putable mon­u­men­tal ego as he bat­tles for rel­e­vance within the coali­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion. To say the least, it is un­be­com­ing of some­one en­trusted with the rep­utable of­fice of a Vice Pres­i­dent of our coun­try, bring­ing its rep­u­ta­tion into dis­pute with such ran­cour.

Na­tion­ally em­bar­rassed af­ter be­ing side­lined with his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as the na­tion’s Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter dras­ti­cally gut­ted and hav­ing lost the Lead­er­ship of the Al­liance For Change (AFC), he resorts to shame­lessly ex­ploit­ing ev­ery me­dia-re­lated op­por­tu­nity to clutch at any sem­blance of rel­e­vance. With ev­ery such un­bri­dled im­ma­ture rant, it ap­pears that he con­tin­ues to fail in his fran­tic ef­forts to be ac­cepted into the hi­er­ar­chy of the Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

I wish to in­form Ram­jat­tan that if he were to spend less time be­ing con­sumed with Jagdeo, who was the na­tion’s sixth Ex­ec­u­tive Pres­i­dent, and fo­cus on his tax-funded min­is­te­rial port­fo­lio so that the con­tin­ual es­ca­lat­ing crime wave can be ef­fec­tively com­bat­ted, it would not only best serve his in­ter­est, but that of all Guyanese who are liv­ing in fear on a daily ba­sis as the sit­u­a­tion spi­rals out of con­trol. If it’s any so­lace, he should take com­fort that his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties have been dras­ti­cally slashed re­mov­ing any ex­cuse of him be­ing over­whelmed.

That should be his pri­or­ity rather than lash­ing out when he can­not pro­vide mean­ing­ful an­swers when ques­tioned. Hav­ing failed abysmally in the ex­e­cu­tion of his na­tional se­cu­rity du­ties as ev­i­dent by the Camp Street Prison ri­ots in which 17 lives were un­for­tu­nately lost, the dec­i­ma­tion by fire of the fa­cil­ity a year later, the es­cape of dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals; some of whom are still on the run and the daily as­sault on in­no­cent Guyanese by crim­i­nal el­e­ments, Ram­jat­tan’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties to hold such of­fice are woe­fully de­fi­cient and his pres­ence in that po­si­tion con­tin­ues to be of a dis­ser­vice to the na­tion.

I would like to re­mind him that Cheddi Ja­gan recog­nised the bril­liance and lead­er­ship qual­ity of Jagdeo at a very young age and drafted him into the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Party.

When the PPP/C won the 1992 Na­tional and Re­gional Elec­tions, Jagdeo was made the Ju­nior Fi­nance Min­is­ter and then pro­moted to Se­nior Fi­nance Min­is­ter. Ram­jat­tan was never trusted by Cheddi and Janet Ja­gan be­cause of his lust for power. One should never for­get dur­ing t he PPP/ C Gov­ern­ment from 1992-1997, Ram­jat­tan mounted ban­ners on the Coren­tyne de­mand­ing that he be­comes the Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter or the Le­gal Af­fairs Min­is­ter.

Un­like Ram­jat­tan, Jagdeo, who, through vi­sion and pru­dent lead­er­ship, led the trans­for­ma­tion of Guyana through un­prece­dented in­fras­truc­tural and tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment. Dur­ing those pros­per­ous times, the lives of Guyanese were pos­i­tively trans­formed, many suc­ces­sive years of tan­gi­ble eco­nomic growth were recorded and nu­mer­ous vi­sion­ary trans­for­ma­tional projects to fur­ther im­prove the lives of our peo­ple were em­barked upon.

To­day, Ram­jat­tan con­tin­ues to reap the ben­e­fits of Jagdeo’s self­less ded­i­ca­tion and vi­sion. Ram­jat­tan would there­fore be best ad­vised that in­stead of hold­ing an ob­vi­ous grudge over Jagdeo’s suc­cesses which were for the bet­ter­ment of Guyana and the Guyanese peo­ple, he should try to re­v­erse the fail­ures he con­tin­ues to en­gi­neer while ex­e­cut­ing the im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­i­ties he has been en­trusted. In his vile and bit­ter ex­cur­sions to at­tack Jagdeo’s cred­i­bil­ity, it ap­pears that Ram­jat­tan is ex­hibit­ing symp­toms of con­ve­nient am­ne­sia with re­gard to his own.

While space will con­strain the ex­ten­sive list, Ram­jat­tan would re­call that he was the At­tor­ney for one of the bid­ders of the pro­posed ben­e­fi­cial Spe­cialty Hospi­tal while be­ing a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and who op­posed the project sim­ply on the ba­sis that the com­pany he rep­re­sented was not awarded the con­tract.

Not sat­is­fied with such glar­ing con­flict of in­ter­est, Ram­jat­tan pub­licly boasted af­ter the 2015 elec­tions that fi­nanciers of his party must be re­warded. Hav­ing re­ceived a posh new of­fice, he bois­ter­ously de­fended the bene­fac­tor when mil­lions in Gov­ern­ment con­tracts were awarded even though a re­lated lack of ca­pac­ity to ex­e­cute was stren­u­ously pointed out.

With a track record of such un­eth­i­cal be­hav­iour, Ram­jat­tan is com­pletely de­void of any sem­blance of cred­i­bil­ity to so ac­cuse any­one. Jagdeo’s con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of Guyana re­mains un­ques­tion­able and has been lauded by many in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions ev­i­dent from the “Champions of the Earth” Award and many more.

Hav­ing been in the “belly of the beast” as Ram­jat­tan so elo­quently boasted, he would know that it was a belly for­ti­fied with com­mit­ment to gen­uinely and pos­i­tively trans­form the coun­try and lives of its peo­ple. That has been ac­com­plished with all the ev­i­dence star­ing Ram­jat­tan in his face. From his own ut­ter­ances, it ap­pears that Ram­jat­tan could not and can­not ap­pre­ci­ate and han­dle success, hence his con­tin­u­ous wal­low­ing in fail­ure.

Bhar­rat Jagdeo re­mains the most pop­u­lar po­lit­i­cal leader in our coun­try and the most in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised. He has made the most pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to this coun­try and is in­dis­putably, the most suc­cess­ful Pres­i­dent of our coun­try. He is the most re­spected Guyanese politi­cian in and out of our coun­try. His achieve­ments are there for every­one to see.

Za­mal Hus­sain Vry­heid, West Canje, Ber­bice

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