SELF SERVICE STATIONS – By Ewalt “Waltie” Ainsworth


By Ewalt “Waltie” Ainsworth        12 29 2011

In the new year, Guyanese motorists must be prepared to pump their own gas at community level locations as more Chinese solar powered  equipment arrive to enhance living standards.

Young people in Guyana, men and women, are reluctant to take certain essential services jobs even though unemployment figures hover around 60 per cent.  Jobs in agriculture, logging, animal husbandry, garbage collection and au-pair services, are also suffering the same repercussions irrespective of the incentives, real and perceived. 

Recently, the Guyana government installed Indian-made solar traffic signal devices, added 10,000 new cars annually, constructed a bridge over the Berbice River, a new cricket ground and built a modern cane processing factory at Skeldon.  All these undertakings were done by mostly expatriate labor and financing.  Guyanese are claiming that “nothing was in it for us; the conception, the construction, the implementation and now they want us to support these things…landu-kapar?”  (Loosely translated, landu-kapar means  ‘shove-it.)

Last Christmas week, two new vessels arrived and will go into operation as part of the 42nd Mashramani  Republic celebrations according to “manikereem” and Transport Minister, Benn.  Guyana’s tele-communication outfit, GT&T will be privatized and former Brigadier, Joe Singh, will retain the position of Chief Executive officer.  The proposed name of the new company is SINGHULAR.

Also the former Lilian Dewar College (LDC), also known as THE LESSER DEVELOPED COLLEGE for SECONDARY AND TERTIARY TEACHERS, will be deconstructed.  The Chinese are building an international hotel in its place and there is nothing the Guyanese people can do or say about that.  Not even the Mayor, Former Prime Minister Hamilton Green, was consulted before the demolition ball started swinging…..  talk about “Pass Eye”… Plans are also afoot to convert Tiger Bay into a tourism corridor.  Some residents have been relocated in lands formerly controlled by now deceased President, Forbes Burnham, in the Belfield/Hope delta.

Guyanese, Old Year’s night for the first time in almost two decades, would be able to prepare the traditional black eye pea cook up….the peas smuggled from Suriname and flavored with coconut milk from Malaysia, salt beef from Canada and basmati brand rice from India.  No local ingredients will be added.

In some sectors of the society, a protected group will be encouraged to bake a cosmopolitan cake.  Three different mixtures – white, brown and pink will later be combined to reflect the races and attitudes of the Guyanese people.

Over the Christmas holidays, the new ‘hand-me-down’ President, Mr. Donald Ramotar, was too busy to be personally involved in hollering-out, shouting out to the Guyanese people to even say “Merry Christmas”.    He wishes to assure them for the New Year that he is still hanging in and wants them to hang too.

Commissioner Greene has overstayed his time and is taking Commandant, B- Division, Steve Merai with him.  These two security operatives, will not be going far because respectfully, they have been deprived of their respective travel documents for North America and Europe.  Informed sources are chanting Sibley Hall as a possible alternative.

The APNU in the meantime, is closely monitoring and reviewing the proposed list of Guyanese who will be given awards for civic and national duties over the last year.  Some of the people who will not be on the list, without even seeing the list, are Dr. Steve Surijbally, Boodhoo, Juan  Edghill, Lumumba, Mboya, Jerry Gouveia and Bharat Jagdeo (if and when found).

Contrary to earlier reports, if and when Mr. Ramotar gets situated as President,  previous calls to “grow more” can be translated as grow more rice, plantains, eddoes, potatoes, papaws, tilapias, hassars, and raise more cattle, sheep, goats, chickens et al.  In some communities, “grow more” was interpreted to mean grow more marijuana and stash them in pumpkins, destined for the European and North American markets.  Guyana, over the last two decades, has seemingly emerged as a narco-state, compliments of Jagdeo and his cohorts.

Guyana was recognised in earlier times, as the bread-basket to the region.  Currently, eggs, chicken, beef, flour, sugar, rice, onions, peas, apple juice, cranberry juice et al, have to be imported.  Guyana Stores and Fogarty’s, have both been reduced to the moral equivalent of flea markets.  Bourda, La Penitence and Stabroek markets, have been elevated to WALMARTS and devoid of fresh fruit and vegetables.  It is disappointing that if a customer wants cherries, mangoes, sapodillas and cashews, he or she has to go out to Parika or Mon Repos.  It is too expensive now to ferry cash crops to the city.  It is cheaper to get containerized items from North America, refrigerate and dispose in red plastic bags.

The down side is poor health and a myriad of unknown diseases never before experienced in the country.  The medical response is to accelerate death by shuttering the curtains in emergency rooms.

Looking ahead, the collective leadership, the idea of shared governance, has already brought some good to the masses.  The cost of clearing a barrel through customs has been reduced to an average of three “towels” ($3,000 – $15US), irrespective of the contents.  Secondly, former Judge Donald Trotman- senior, has signalled his availability for the position of Speaker.  I love him; I share his ideals but another old-man eh?

We have to stop recycling all these ‘has-beens’ and give hope to the young people.  Give the old men a chance to go and volunteer at the Maha Sabha or Tipperary Hall.  Pyongyang has found it prudent to appoint a 30 year old….why can’t we, bearing in mind the demographics?  Cameron and Obama are both young men, chronologically speaking.  What is wrong with us?

The PPP may have stolen the elections but we cannot take away the hope for a better day from the young people.  Years ago, I had a friend named Burnett, he was an old man, needless to say and his words of caution to me as we spoke in his Queenstown Essequibo citadel was; “it is a crime to be honest in a dishonest society.”  Those words still resonate with me and Guyana has to divest in the old and reinvest in the young or else the Chinese will come in and have you pump your own gas.  Amen.

A Happy New Year to all….

Ewalt ‘Waltie’ Ainsworth –  E-mail:

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  • Chandra Singh  On 12/31/2011 at 2:49 am

    Waltie Ainsworth, you continue to amuse me. You are very entertaining.

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