Daily Archives: September 9, 2012

Government corruption uncovered! – AFC

Statement by the AFC:

Government corruption uncovered!- AFC

What is corruption? Corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.
It means that:

  • • Decisions are taken for private interest instead of for public benefit.
  • • Democratic institutions are weakened and legitimacy, public trust and support are lost.
  • • Instead of fair competition based on price, quality and innovation, competitive bribery thrives. This harms trade and deters investments.
  • • The environment is threatened – when environmental protection agencies are corrupt, the very foundations of sustainable development are eroded.
  • • Human rights abuses flourish – as corruption increases, regimes become more secretive, and basic social and economic rights are threatened.
  • • It becomes impossible for millions of people, especially in developing countries, to earn an honest living.

Many persons have asked why the Alliance For Change is participating in a debate series on corruption that is being hosted by the government-controlled National Communications Network. The answer is simple, when truth is on your side you have nothing to fear.   Continue reading

Kwakwani – commentary

Kwakwani

Posted By Stabroek staff On September 9,2012   – Editorial |

If it hadn’t been for Kwakwani holding its community elections in defiance of the central authorities, most people would not have known that the government had rescinded a 1983 ministerial order which gave oversight of Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) to the respective Regional Democratic Councils (RDCs). Minister in the Ministry of Local Government Norman Whittaker in a recent letter to Region 10 Chairman Sharma Solomon said that under a ministerial order issued in July 2012, all NDCs had been brought under the direct supervision of the ministry.

For his part, we reported Mr Whittaker in yesterday’s edition as justifying this revocation by saying that the original intention (in 1983) had been to provide more opportunity for local leaders to be part of decision-making, but that this opening had been abused. “A lot of it has not been applied in the way that it ought to be applied,” we quoted him as saying. That was not, however, the real reason. Clearly by July with Linden demonstrations looming or already under way, government thought it would forestall any further local democratic developments with a legal strategem. It thought wrong.                    Continue reading

EUSI KWAYANA – Toronto visit – Sept 27 – Oct 6

EUSI KWAYANA – Toronto visit – Sept 27 – Oct 6

Eusi Kwayana – notable Political Activist, Writer, and Educator – is scheduled to be in Toronto for Sept 27 – Oct 6.

 The Community to Assist Buxton/Friendship (COTAB), the Caribbean Studies Program of the University of Toronto, and the Canada – Guyana Forum are requesting your attendance at the events that are listed in the attached “Flyer – Kwayana Visit to Toronto – Events”.

Briefly, the events are:

Sponsored by COTAB

Friday Sept. 28, 6 – 9 PM:       Book signing at the Different Booklist

Sunday Sept. 30th, 5 – 8 PM:  Lecture & Mix’N Mingle session

Sponsored by the Caribbean Studies Program of U of T & the Canada-Guyana Forum

Friday, Oct. 5th, 6 – 9:30 PM – Lecture at University of Toronto

Bro Eusi’s Books and publications will be on sale at each event; only the new “Walter Rodney: His Last Days and Campaigns” will be on sale at the Book Signing event at The Different Booklist bookstore.

The event details are in their respective flyers listed below:  for DOWNLOAD.    Continue reading

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