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In a conversation with a knowledgeable patriot Malcolm De Freitas, he drew to my attention this new slogan of One Guyana, the initiative of no less a person than our Head of State,
I agree with the point made by Malcolm De Freitas that it is improper for persons in high office to go against the Constitution.
Our National Motto on the Coat of Arms is One People, One Nation, One Destiny and therefore part of our approved Independence Constitution.
This matter may at first appear to be trivial and of no consequence, however it is part of the deliberate effort by the PPP regime to dismiss this regard and destroy all things including the Constitution that preceded the return to Government in 1992 and 2020.
With this salary increase and other actions without any form of consultation, don’t be surprised if we wake up one day and hear that the Capital is no longer Georgetown, but Bharat City and that Guyana is now the State of Ali Irfaan and note this is a pattern of dictum by our new Massa.
These are serious issues but perhaps the most destructive is what appears to be a creation of apartheid conditions where resources of the State are being available to over ninety percent of one ethnic group.
A detail statement by Nigel Hughes sets the clarity, justification for this belief of an emerging economic and ethnic apartheid State of Guyana.That is where one group is set apart from another. With others, we shall deem anon the facts and figures.
In the meantime, I recommend as compulsory reading and listening the Statement made last weekend on Sherod Duncan’s Facebook by Nigel Hughes, which gave details of the disproportionate allocation of Contracts and State Funds to Regions.
His research demonstrates both courage and scholarship and on behalf of all decent citizens we must thank him.
As happened before, we can expect the well oiled amd funded Government propaganda machine to swing into action, but Dear Editor, as we examine this demonic condition and economic and ethnic apartheid let me make it clear that in Guyana today we have a number of decent East Indian, Portuguese, Chinese, Amerindian, Mixed and Afro Guyanese citizens.
Those decent ones must not be guilty of the sin of silence. The problem Afro Guyanese face is manifest in our history and their religious and moral upbringing.
I spoke with some of the present Advisors who seemed convinced that His Excellency is righteous but here is another problem. Many of those Advisors lack melanin and therefore can hardly share the pain of the Afro Guyanese whose ancestors suffered at the hands of those who believe that there were nothing wrong as they brutalized and dehumanized slaves.
In fact, one of the President’s Advisors, with non-woolly hair stated that slavery and indentureship were similar. The absurdity of this Statement need not be discussed, save to note if the likes of Advisor Dr. Persaud truly believes that Slavery and Indentureship are similar, it is no wonder that we’re stuck in the mud, morass and confusion of abundant ignorance.
Only the truth of our history can allow us to march triumphantly to achieve the goal set of being One People, One Nation, One Destiny.
To those Afro Guyanese who are wittingly or unwittingly on the side of the oppressor must know that they fall neatly into the category of those used by the ruling elite, to turn against their own kith and kin. Not new.
Today the Amerindians, like the Afro Guyanese are not the beneficiaries of the largest of the State, but we need to be reminded that they were used and paid handsomely to hunt and catch the African slaves who ran away from the Coast to escape the cruelties inflicted by Massa.
It was African Policemen who were used by Massa to shoot Indo Guyanese, Enmore Martyrs. In South Africa, Rhodesia and elsewhere, it is the same story where they are marginalized or used to satisfy greed and need of the Oppressor.
So I plead with the African Ministers and purported Leaders in this Government not to use, to write or defend discrimmination so well outlined with Nigel Hughes’ research.
What they must do today, difficult as it may be, is to seek justice and equity for the children of those brutalized Africans who civilized by their blood, sweat and tears most of Guyana.
What they should seek to do is see that real power is placed in the hands of their brothers so that they can really uplift them out of the murk and mud they find themselves in. Let them ensure that the children, mostly Afro Guyanese can go to schools in the South of Georgetown, five days a week and not two days a week as exists in some schools at the moment where the majority of children are Afro Guyanese.
Let them not reject employment of qualified and competent Afro Guyanese because they are not perceived to be sycophants nor supporters of the Government and I now come full circle on the new slogan of One Guyana while we have an accepted Motto on our National Coat of Arms – One People, One Nation, One Destiny.
This attempt to rewrite and retool our history suggests that we now have a President and Advisors who are convinced that they know all, that they can do things, good and bad ignoring the fundamental feature of a modern democracy, good governance without even the facade of consultation as is required by custom and our constitution.
This is a dangerous development. The human history has shown that leads to dictatorship and insinuation of forms of an apartheid State, a condition where the ruling elite feel they can do no wrong.
Today there are about two or three score Indo Guyanese families who are the major beneficiaries of State resources, the rest Indo, Afro and Amerindians must rely on the handouts from our new Massa.
Let the Afro Guyanese, Members of the Cabinet put an end to this campaign to ignore an Indo Guyanese Mayor of the Capital City because he didn’t come out from Freedom House.
Let them explain whether the budgetary allocation for Region 6 exceeds that of Region 4. It is well known that the majority of residents of Region 4 are Afro Guyanese.
Here again, is the Afro Guyanese Policemen who are used to carry out this improper campaign denying the Mayor and City Council the opportunity to do their work.
I conclude with one of my favourite passages from Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, “Why Man he doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs and peep about to find ourselves dishonorable graves. Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, Dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves that we are underlings.”