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The following is written by well known journalist and daughter of Guyana Bibi Naraine. It captures the reality of the choices that Guyanese faced with two rotted apples to ingest as a diet. Whereas it is easy to say the first rotted apple offers more fruit to eat and digest and the latter is rotted beyond salvaging even a tiny piece, Bibi Narine’s wisdom for a healthy body is best as she suggests that Guyanese not be feed a diet of rotted , diseased apples that will not do our citizens well.
This analogy makes the case in a very profound but understandable way for the apples to be cast aside and a new healthy, luscious apple be used to nourish the body. Similarly, Guyana must not miss this opportunity to treat its citizens to healthy fruit that will serve our country well. New elections offers us that opportunity to develop a healthy Guyana that all can enjoy. All Guyanese must recognize , THE GUYANA ROTTED APPPLE CANNOT BE EATEN . This is a A GOOD ANALOGY OF OUR ELECTIONS . Guyana must reject the diseased and rotted elections being foisted on the Guyanese people. We deserve and must demand better.
BIBI Narine writes:
Guyana held its national and regional elections on the 2nd March, of this year. It is now almost five months, and we have not concluded those elections; matters are still pending in the courts. The first count, given the Mingo declaration of the region 4 results, led to an injunction being filed by the P.P.P/Civic, thereby preventing the utilisation of these results for the swearing in of a president. It was there right to do so, and the right of their supporters to be in agreement, if they felt that there was the involvement of trickery in anyway. So much for count number one, and what I would now refer to, for easy analogy as rotted apple number one.
The second count, [or rotted apple number two] had what can be referred to as a forensic dissection. We thus were able to see that this second apple, did not only have two halves and four quarters but many rotted areas; however, unlike the first bad apple, this forensic dissection allowed the entire country, and the world at large, and all those who had eyes to see, [including the Caricom team] the areas of this second apple overtaken by blight. What does one do when faced by such a circumstance?
The logical thing is to get a fresh apple. It will cost a few pennies extra, but will be worth the while, since those to whom they are trying to feed this rotten fruit [Caricom seems to think that we can have a ‘reasonably’ full and healthy meal out of this offensive offering], will not be saddled with some dreaded illness, or dreaded disease, and those in charge, will certainly not have to be burdened with the medical bills.
International bodies are surprisingly suggesting to the Guyana child to eat the second apple, rotted parts and all, as this second rotted apple is better for us than the first rotted one! Well, well, well! The thing is, Guyanese are not simpletons, and no amount of talk about the benefits of this bad apple will make some Guyanese swallow this fetid fruit. Might I add, if by any chance we have a constitution that allows for the consumption of rotten fruit, we should throw that book away and run!
For those suggesting to the Guyanese people that they should eat this fruit, good parts and bad, I would not like to sit at your table, as it might have terrible consequences for my digestion, and no different in effects on the digestive tracks of all Guyanese, ultimately.Finally, for those who recommend that we eat this offering, rotted parts and all, this is not a prescription for democracy but one for catastrophe. just my two [or is it four?] cents.