Dr. Turhan Doerga said that blacks are now asking “who have marginalized black people if not their own PNC leadership?” He went on to remind his audience that after 28 years of Burnham dictatorship Guyana was the poorest country in the hemisphere by 1985 and quickly added that “after five years of Granger misrule, Guyana is now insolvent.”
Dr. Doerga was speaking at the Sunday Night ICDN Zoom Conference of July 12, 2020. Titled “What Next??…The On-going Political Crisis in Guyana, others panelists were Ravi Dev, Joel Bhagwandin and Professor Daniel Gibran.
“Neither the PPP or APNU can win an election on its own today and added that “the PPP has redeemed itself and its leadership and members of Parliament is an acceptable representation of all ethnicities, people of all walks of life and religion,
“This middle group drawn from diverse ethnic background determine who form government and they are young, educated and of all walks of life and ethnicities and not bothered by any race issues,” Doerga underscored,” and added that “Guyana has a diaspora that is ready to make available their skills and talents for the development of the country,” said Dr. Doerga.
Professor Daniel Gibran said that the stubbornness being displayed by GECOM and the Granger forces is giving reason for US military intervention to install the new government and recommit Guyana to the democratic process.
Ravi Dev, a resident Guyanese and a former member of the National Assembly, said that “Granger is following the Machiavellian view of power which insist that the control of the coercive apparatus will generate its own legitimacy.” He added that “Guyana was in the midst of a political crisis and this demanded a political solution.”
Dev emphasized that Granger was a student of Burnham and would “exploit the court to remain in office.” He said that “Granger will continue to cynically resort to the courts to remain in office.” Dev predicted that following the CCJ’s decision for the Recount to be used for his Report to the Commission, “GECOM CEO Lowenfield would not comply and if the Chair insisted on directing him, APNU would resort to the Courts on the grounds that she was constitutionally barred from so doing.”
Joel Bhagwandin, a lecturer in Economic and Political Science at UG, said that the genesis of the problem started in December 2018 when the government loss a motion of no confidence. He said that elections were supposed to be constitutionally due three months late but came one year later in January 2020.
The UG lecturers said that the Granger administration failed to put in place any recovery team to recover from the COVID 19 and that “70% of the businesses are in decline with no relief from the government” and called for Guyana to “swiftly conclude the elections and declare the result originating from the National Recount.”
Bhagwandin cautioned that “the international world will not allow a single small state like Guyana to destabilize an entire region,” and added, “I am of the firm conviction that Guyana would not go down that road and there will be appropriate intervention by international authorities if so.”
“Guyana cannot afford to have its way because it has “one of the weakest militaries in the world and Guyana cannot sustain itself isolated from the rest of the world,” he concluded.
Anthony Gonzalez and other panelists agreed that only “international pressure can push the Granger government to act.” However, all panelists agreed that President Trump is absorbed in domestic issues and it would now be left for the oil companies to lobby President Trump to take actions. Gonzalez and Ravi Dev agreed that when the PPP comes to power it would have a hard time governing because of “regular attempts to disrupt” by the defense forces and bureaucracy that are loyal to Granger.
The session was moderated by anthropologist Dr. Kumar Mahabir, Coordinator of ICDN Zoom. For further information, you may contact Dr. Kumar Mahabir – email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Whats app:756-4961.