AFC finds it­self be­tween a rock and a hard place

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -


the one hand, it it is forced to lend sup­port to the gov­ern­ment, of which it is a ju­nior part­ner, on sev­eral is­sues that are un­pop­u­lar to its base such as the uni­lat­eral ap­point­ment by Pres­i­dent Granger of a GECOM Chair­man, the fail­ure to im­ple­ment con­sti­tu­tional re­forms, and the foot-drag­ging on calls for a re­view of the Cum­mings­burg Ac­cord.

And, as if these were not enough, the nom­i­nee sub­mit­ted by the AFC to the Guyana Elec­tions Com­mis­sion was by­passed by Pres­i­dent Granger in favour of the WPA nom­i­nee, Des­mond Trot­man.

The AFC is try­ing des­per­ately to cre­ate a fa­cade that it is 'busi­ness as usual' re­gard­ing the im­pact these em­bar­rass­ing episodes are hav­ing on its mem­ber­ship and some el­e­ments at the lead­er­ship level. The truth, how­ever, is that the party could suf­fer the same fate as that of the United Force which joined the PNC in a coali­tion gov­ern­ment in 1964 only to be un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously dumped in 1967 but not be­fore the PNC took full con­trol of the elec­toral ma­chin­ery, more par­tic­u­larly the Elec­tions Com­mis­sion.

The rest is now his­tory. The United Force never re­cov­ered as a po­lit­i­cal party and even­tu­ally fiz­zled out of the po­lit­i­cal land­scape to al­most non-en­tity sta­tus.

The AFC seems to be head­ing in the same di­rec­tion and, un­less it is pre­pared to stand up for stated prin­ci­ples, could suf­fer a sim­i­lar fate as that of the United Force and be kicked in the dust­bin of his­tory.

Hy­dar Ally

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