A Partnership for National Unity (A.P.N.U) has read the Stabroek News report of Wednesday 21st March 2012, of the address by President Donald Ramotar to the annual Cheddi Jagan lecture that was held at the Cheddi Jagan Research Centre at Red House Kingston Georgetown, on Tuesday 20th March 2012.
President Ramotar told his audience that Dr. Jagan would not have liked what was happening in the National Assembly, as regards the composition of the Committee of Selection in which the governing PPP has a minority status. He also stated that it was a reversal of what Dr. Jagan struggled for.
A.P.N.U wishes to inform the public that Dr. Jagan would certainly not have tolerated the rampant corruption, nepotism, and rape and plunder of the State Treasury that the PPP/C Government has engaged in over the past 20 years. Dr. Jagan would not have tolerated the abuse of power, by the PPP leaders, who have been implicated in all sorts of crimes, as well as predatory behavior, such as the rape of under-aged girls and school boys, vehicular manslaughter, pistol whipping of citizens, drunken rum shop brawls, sex for house lots, sex for the return of cell phones, the sale of gun licenses, and the sale of work permits.
Dr. Jagan would not have permitted the gifting away of state properties and lands to his cronies and sycophants. He would not have allowed GUYSUCO to deteriorate to the point of bankruptcy and returning to slavery methodology to force sugar workers to produce. Dr. Jagan would not have allowed the narco-trade to flourish. He would not have employed narco-death squads. He would not have befriended the drug traffickers.
A.P.N.U wishes to remind the public that, in 1992, the PPP had won the Presidency but not a working majority in Parliament. However, the WPA made an arrangement with the PPP in Region #8 that gave the PPP the one seat it needed to gain a parliamentary majority. Since then, the PPP had turned the National Assembly into a rubber stamp and bulldozed opposition concerns since 1997. Guyana descended into an elected dictatorship under the PPP regime. The Guyanese people ended that dictatorship on the 28th November 2011, when the majority of them voted against the PPP.
In spite of all the electoral fraud and malpractices that the PPP has engaged in on Election Day, 28th November 2011, the Party was still defeated by the people. However, the PPP is like the proverbial old dog that cannot learn new tricks. The PPP is bent on governing in its old dictatorial ways. It wants to continue raping and plundering the state treasury at will. The PPP cannot accept that it now has to account to National Assembly and the Guyanese people.
A.P.N.U wishes to assure the Guyanese people that the days of the PPP using the National Assembly as a rubber stamp are over and, we urge all Guyanese to rally around the A.P.N.U as we seek to enact legislation for constitutional and electoral reforms that would return democracy to the people.