Who are a few individuals to dictate that KAMLA must walk or stay? Isn’t the UNC governed by a constitution with clear rules and guidelines to govern its affairs? Or, is it that a few can now usurp the constitution and impose their will on the people? In 2010 Kamla was not handed the leadership. She challenged Panday and wrested the leadership from him.
In a pride, the male lion has to defeat the leader to take charge. But this is not being done by the jackals that Kamla surrounds herself with. A jackal has a reputation of surviving by groveling before power and no lioness like Kamla should respect anyone who is prepared to live on crumbs.
An Aesop tale tells of a lion and a donkey went hunting. The lion did all the hunting but when to share the catch the foolish ass asked for fifty-fifty. Instantly, the lion pounced on him and he was dead. A jackal, hiding in the bush took note of the event. Soon the jackal befriended the lion and both went hunting. Again, the lion did most of the hunting and when the time to share the jackal told the lion that “you eat and whatever is left, I would be happy to have it.” That’s how the expression ‘lion share’ came about!
But the jackals in the UNC who cannot win a village council election are now power brokers. It must be kaljug! Whatever office they held was dispensed by Kamla, the lioness, and yet they have the gall to challenge her reign! They just don’t have the moral standing for such defiance!
Culture in this country is to surreptitiously take what is not yours. Invite a guest to your home and soon he is ready to behave like the host making demands on you and not being thankful. It is the price that so many leaders have to endure including the leadership of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha.
Jomo Kenyatta of Tanzania told the story of the elephant that asked for shelter for his trunk and soon displaced the owner of the tent as he gradually moved his entire body into the tent. Kamla Persad Persad has the popular support in the UNC and should Barry Padarath or Devant Maharaj wants the leadership, the constitutional pathway is laid out for such a transition.
Gail Alexander never questioned the irregularities of the EBC but wrote on who should succeed Kamla as a leader. At hand to give their views were Reginald Dumas and Winfred James. These two gentlemen are like parents who are blind to what is happening in their homes but alive to what is happening in the neighbors’. They know where the neighbor’s wife and daughters hang out but cannot account for the whereabouts of theirs!
Our institutions have all collapsed. Law and order are in shambles. With no end to crime and a judiciary operating at a snail’s pace, no investors in their right mind are going to sink his money in this economy. COVID 19 is a blessing to mask the failure of this government. And yet, Tony Fraser and others who should have known better were jubilant when the results were declared not by the EBC but by Dr. Keith Rowley, long before the votes were counted.
Kamla owes it to the people to ensure that the strength of the party is not in a personality but in a constitutional structure. However, it appears that the UNC leadership, both Basdeo Panday and now Kamla, are afraid of constitutional leadership.
An executive and a political leader are not enough to make the decision for a political organization. The General Council comprising of representatives of party groups must guide decisions for the executive and the political leaders to execute.
Luckily, Basdeo Panday introduced the one man one vote giving every registered member of the UNC a chance to elect a political leader and an executive. Roodal Moonilal and Vassant vied for the leadership and were defeated. The majority of the members voted for Kamla and Rabindranath Moonan and Robin Montano should respect that. Had Montano and Moonan won the San Fernando West seat for the UNC their opinion would have carried some weight? Nevertheless, both stalwarts are entitled to their views and have the right to express them fearlessly.
Roodal Moonilal is more politically savvy. After being trashed by Kamla in his contest for political leader, Moonilal put his tail between his legs, bent his head, and went and sat at the feet of Kamla. It is this sense of team spirit and unity the UNC must display. Such an exemplary display of humility is worthy of emulation and not the arrogance of Mikela Panday and stubbornness of a Vassant Bharath.
Can someone enlighten me? What drives the master and dog relationship between a political leader and some of her followers? Yesterday they were drooling all over her… licking, smelling, and robbing all over the political leader. Shockingly, as soon as the leader’s political chips are down, these playful pets are transformed into vicious bloodhounds. Does power truly have that viagra magic!
So the EBC breaches are not real according to the bloodhounds but a figment of Kamla’s imagination… the rant of a madwoman. Now the EBC is ok and the results are acceptable, so what? A seat in the Senate…$14000 per month with perks! Maybe it worth it! After all, if I get a call I shall be going!