Some people believe that the Black or Afro Guyanese have no respect for rules, regulations or law and order. Take the case of Paul Slowe, the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) who was suspended by President Dr Irfaan Ali.
Slowe decided he will not obey the President’s constitutional order, and he went ahead and approved a list of ranks in the Guyana police force for promotion; some of the proposed names are facing charges of impropriety and even criminal allegations.
Guyana’s Attorney General Anil Nandalall had cause to issue a press release that Lowe’s actions were illegal and the PSC recommendation for promotions was null and void.
Slowe does not believe that the rules apply to him. He follows the laws to the jungle and he feels he can do whatever he wants. What is Slowe logic and source of power to disobey the President? The only logical explanation I can think of is that he believes the armed forces are loyal to the PNC.
But even more glaring precedents exist where the rules of parliamentary procedure were not followed by the APNU-AFC coalition when they lost the no confidence motion in parliament. The coalition refused to resign from the government and to call general elections as was necessary. This was the rule in democracy. Instead the coalition stayed in power for 5 long months while they tried every trick in the trade to hold on to power.
Even during the roll call for the votes for the no confidence motion the ruling coalition wanted a time out when the rebellious MP Charaandass Persaud voted in favour of the motion. This move was disallowed by the speaker.
Gecom was the worst example of not following the rules. Claremont Mingo, the returning officer of region 4 in disregarding his oath to be fair and unbiased gave fictitious results to the public. Gecom’s CEO Keith Lowenfield used the fictitious figures to declare the coalition the winner. Lowenfield even disenfranchised 115 hundred thousand votes. He refused to produce the statement of polls (SOPS) to back up his case that he was right. Deputy Chief Returning Officer Roxanne Mayers ordered the police to remove the PPP Gecom election Commissioner to be removed from the building. The policeman refused and he was later demoted by the top brass of the Police department
The PPP government has to correct these outrageous lack of respect for the rule of law. These infractions of the rules and regulations are nothing new. GAWU which is the largest union in the Caribbean and ipso facto in Guyana has never been elected as President of the TUC with the likes of Africanist Lincoln Lewis as the general secretary of that group. Why? For people like Lincoln Lewis the predominantly Indian based sugar workers union is not worthy of being treated as an equal or being treated with respect.
The PPP/C is either afraid or too timid to correct the inequalities in Guyanese society. For example the overwhelmingly black Linden alone gets subsidized electricity. No other city in Guyana gets this privilege. Why is this so? Because Black people are quick to go on a riot to protect their rights. When Clive Thomas was CEO of Guysuco he acquiesced in the firing of some 7000 Indian sugar workers. There was no rioting or large scale protest. Indians do not riot or break the rules of civilized society. As a matter of fact after five hours of debating in parliament AFC MP David Patterson was removed as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee after he was charged for being corrupt as he accepted a gold bracelet worth $900,000 and other expensive gifts from several government agencies under his control. The APNU coalition voted in favor of Patterson while the PPP/C government won the vote to remove him.
The state bureaucracy is also overwhelmingly lopsided with blacks dominating in the armed forces and civil services. They dominate in Gecom and can rig elections with impunity. It’s about time the PPP/C government do something about Gecom to have a more balanced bureaucracy to ensure free and fair elections. It’s about time Indians demand that the PPP government make an ethnic balance in every government institution and furthermore it is imperative to empower each region to deal with its own development.
The current decade has been declared the decade of the African to ensure their progress. What does this mean? If after 10 years the economic condition of blacks is not changed considerably for the better then will another decade be declared for
the blacks? Isn’t ‘the blackman’ or African going to forever be shackled to slavery and holding this as an anchor.
Something is holding ‘the blackman’ back in his march forward. He is shackled to slavery mentally and blames everything on that condition. If this is not the case what is the reason for the black condition in Guyana, Trinidad and Suriname? Is it the presence of the Indian that is holding him back? If this is the case let the Indian go his own way.
Eusi Kwayana was right in promoting partition for the Blackman to succeed. It’s not too late for Guyana.