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The ability to change our electoral crisis

The ability to change our electoral crisis

Dear Editor,
I do hope that this letter will bear upon the conscience of three persons who have the ability to change the course of our present electoral crisis.

Since December 21st, 2018, the APNU/AFC Coalition have done everything possible to ensure that they eradicated all credibility, exposing the deceitful and duplicitous nature of their leader, Mr Granger.
Guyanese at home and abroad, as well as the foreign nations, have seen how Granger says one thing today and says a totally different thing tomorrow. They have seen how he denied Ramjattan in the morning, and accepted him as his running mate in the afternoon. They have seen how he vowed to abide by the Constitution, and then brazenly flouted it.

They have seen how he orchestrated and controlled GECOM at each and every turn, and then claimed that GECOM is independent. They have seen how he disregarded Court orders, including the CCJ’s, and claimed that he respects the decision of the Courts. They have seen how he agreed to do a recount, signed an aide memoire which did nothing to aid his memory, and then put one of his candidates to file an injunction to block the recount!

Granger is a historian, and no doubt is cognizant of the legacy which his mentor, the late Forbes Burnham, has left behind. It took a series of name changes and baptisms to sell the PNC to the Guyanese public, and yet the PNC’s dictatorial rule is indelibly etched in the memory of those who had lived during that harsh and chaotic period of poverty and deprivation. Of course there are some exceptions!

The PNC was allowed a free reign to destroy our social and economic foundations, but, in the end, the international community came to our rescue and probably pledged that henceforth the Guyanese people would no longer be subjected to a dictatorship.

Fortunately, Granger had an opportunity to change that, which he miserably failed to do. Under his watch, and in less than five years, his Government embarked on a course of economic destruction that put the country on a downward spiral, leading to the successful passing of the no-confidence motion.

Suffice to say that democracy is about the freedom of the people to choose a Government of their choice, and no political party should hinder the democratic process. Unfortunately, that democratic process was hijacked in plain sight of the entire world by the PNC-powered Coalition. There is no doubt whatsoever that the PNC led by Granger has no desire to relinquish power, and will do anything to remain in power, even to the point to utterly devastating our beloved country.

One can only imagine: if the Coalition can bring so much destruction to our country in just under 5 years, what would be the result if they are allowed to remain in power as long as the PNC did from 1964 to 1992? No doubt, Granger has the ability to be far more destructive than Burnham ever was! But Granger can change his current collision course!

However, we can expect Granger to behave in that manner, since he was an ardent disciple of Burnham. But what about Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan? These two self-proclaimed disciples of Cheddi Jagan have always pledged allegiance to the late founder-leader of the PPP, and during this last 2020 Elections Campaign, Ramjattan boasted of being the true follower of Jagan.

Nagamootoo had claimed that he was anointed by Jagan to take over the helm of the PPP, and, like Ramjattan, he was a true PPP stalwart who was wronged by Jagdeo. Both these ‘gentlemen’ fought against the 28 years of dictatorial rule, and blamed Granger for the killings in the 1973 Elections. More specifically, they vigorously fought against the PNC’s rigging of the 1968, 1973, 1980 and 1985 elections, and openly condemned those elections. Yet, now, they are deafeningly silent in the face of the most blatantly rigged election, which is condemned by all and sundry, leading to threats of economic sanctions hovering over our heads like the Sword of Damocles! Are they now willing to destroy the very people and country they so aggressively fought for?

They, too, can change our current collision course!
If not, history and posterity will condemn these people who had an opportunity to walk the decent road, but chose to sell their souls for material gains. I leave these leaders with a quote from the Bible: What does it profit a man to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul? (Mark 8:36)

Yours sincerely,
Haseef Yusuf

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