A.P.N.U campaign took the country by storm on the weekend of 22nd July – 23rd July, 2011. Major launch activities were held in the Ancient County (New Amsterdam, Region 6) and the Mining Town (Linden, Region 10). Hundreds of Lindeners turned out at the McKenzie Bus Park, Linden to witness history in the making as A Partnership for National Unity (A.P.N.U) launched its Region 10 campaign with an open-air rally on Friday 22nd July 2011. The inclement weather did not discourage the supporters.
Leading A.P.N.U Officials including Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, former Finance Mr. Minister Carl Greenidge, Mr. Vaughn Phillips, Ms. Nicole Telford and A.P.N.U Presidential Candidate, Retired Brigadier David Granger made presentations.
The campaign train moved to Berbice on Saturday 23rd July 2001 where hundreds gathered to listen to presentations by the team. Leader of the PNCR and Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition the Hon. Robert Corbin and other APNU officials were also in attendance at both rallies.
Speakers at both rallies raised issues which included expediting judicial reform and ending old politics of one-party rule, corruption, mismanagement and ineptitude. They stressed that major reforms were needed to pave the way for “new” politics; the politics of consensus, cooperation, and consultation.
Presenters pointed to the need to redesign the education sector with better paying packages for teachers to stem the flow of teacher migration and the retention of Health workers to strengthen the health sector. They also called for a credible plan to end smuggling, drug trafficking and piracy – all of which will be achieved under an A.P.N.U Administration.
A.P.N.U Presidential Candidate, Brigadier (ret) David Granger criticized the PPP/C’s dysfunctional system of governance which he said has only served to destroy the nation. He stated that, “our society under the PPP’s 19-year one party regime has become more deeply divided than it has ever been at any time over the last 100 years. The tide of ideas in Guyanese politics has turned. Today 15th July marks the birthday of the new politics”. He added that, “PPP’s experiment with playing power, was over” noting that “Our watchwords will be cooperation, collaboration and consultation, our vision is rooted in the understanding that the individual citizen performs best in strong and safe community of people who share common values.”
The importance of the involvement and engagement of youth and women were also stressed at both rallies. Dr. Roopnaraine revealed that, “A.P.N.U’s intention is to make provision for women across all races and across all classes”. He called for youths to “cling to this new partnership“. He added that, “pensioners and working people will not be left out“.
Former Finance Minister Mr. Carl Greenidge pointed to “Guyana’s economy with a very substantial endowment of natural and human resources”, adding that, “this is the reason we cannot therefore afford to continue to look to the rest of the world to assist us as though fate has dealt us an unfair hand. We need to take the bit between our teeth and do what is necessary” – necessity which he said starts with the leaders of the A.P.N.U.
Mr. Greenidge added that a “Government of National Unity, will develop appropriate policies. It will utilize all those skills. It will create an environment that is an incentive to efficient businesses. It will generate well paying jobs and foster an industrial relations climate that is stable, fair and conducive to innovation.”
The next stop for A.P.N.U train is the Square of the Revolution in Georgetown on Friday 29th July 2011. All Guyanese citizens who are interested in changed are encouraged to attend.