A RUDE AWAKENING AWAITS : Kaieteur News Editorial


Jagdeo 2015 pix

Bharrat Jagdeo

September 13, 2015 | Kaieteur News | Filed Under Editorial

As the leader of the opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo is having a much harder time to fulfill that role than he had expected, but he could not resist the lure of being in the spotlight. By wresting the leadership from former President Donald Ramotar, Mr. Jagdeo felt that it was his call of duty to be the Leader of the Opposition.

As the former President, he believed that becoming the Leader of the Opposition is a true vindication of his quest to take control of the PPP. He is on a political trapeze trying to ingratiate himself with a younger generation; a feistier independent group who has grown up on social media and knows about the Jagdeo fatigue and is not motivated by it.  

He, who assumes a character or temperament which does not belong to him, only makes himself ridiculous.

Donald Ramotar may not want to admit it except quietly to himself, and frustratingly to his colleagues that losing power to the APNU+AFC coalition was very difficult to accept. The expected coronation of his leadership did not happen on May 11, 2015 as he had anticipated.

In steps Jagdeo, again. He is now in the fight of his life to regain power. But hanging over his mind is a wet, dark blanket. This is perhaps why he has appeared so uncertain, confused and haggard and continued to distort the facts in recent days.

Being in opposition is not easy for Jagdeo who alienated and ruined the lives of many during his twelve years as President. Today, supporters of the PPP are abandoning the party; it is difficult for the party to find members to sit on the Region Six Democratic Council.

This is exacerbated by the government’s forensic audits, which are of greater concern to Jagdeo than he would portray in public. Never in his thoughts did he expect that his former colleagues, Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan whom he actually kicked out of the PPP would become senior members of the government.

Meanwhile, as the APNU+AFC government uncovers more skullduggery, Jagdeo’s credibility is under threat. His untrustworthy index will be on an upward trajectory. It is common knowledge that he mishandled the affairs of the state, especially in the awarding of contracts and the giving away of the nation’s airwaves to friends and relatives.

Many, including supporters of the PPP, believe that his alleged prevarications were straight from his playbook and were based on greed and selfishness. Of all the troubles he could face, any notions of dishonesty or untrustworthiness are enough to cripple his political career.

Although he is not a political neophyte, yet the dilemma of being President for twelve years makes it difficult for him to present himself to the people as being new and different. Mr. Jagdeo is in for a rude awakening because the APNU+AFC government will do everything in its power to expose his corrupt practices to the nation.

For those who do not suffer with convenient political amnesia should know of the massive corruption, extra judicial murders and the use of state resources to benefit himself, relatives and friends during the past 15 years.

The mandate which the people gave to the Granger/Nagamootoo government is a call to action to restore hope and confidence in the nation. It is also a signal from the people that the government has earned their trust and to ease their burdens and the pressures of increasing poverty, joblessness and a deteriorating standard of living.

It was a clear message that the people wanted a more accountable and transparent government which should consult them, respect the rule of law, serve with humility, reject governmental extravagance and eliminate crime and corruption or at least curtail them.

The mandate also calls on the government to restore the good name of Guyana in the international community and the opportunity for the people to achieve their goals.

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  • compton de castro  On 09/15/2015 at 3:10 am

    Encouraging comment.
    Well thought out…..researched.Honest and sincere.
    Openness and transparency way forward.


  • Rose  On 09/15/2015 at 1:06 pm

    All of that might be true but Jagdeo assuming leadership of the opposition allows him the privilege of a diplomatic passport….very important to him.

  • de castro  On 09/15/2015 at 3:28 pm

    Jagdeo should be in prison …passport confiscated.
    Don’t think there are any politician in Guyana with the “nuts” to challenge him.
    LFSB ruled by “fear/intimidation” jagdeo no different.

    In life we choose…good or evil.
    Most choose the good (godly) path
    Few choose the evil (Satan) path

    Know which path wish to follow.

    Sad sad sad

    Guyana’s politricks

    • Rose  On 09/17/2015 at 1:32 pm

      Very true Kamptan but “who will bell the cat”?

      • compton de castro  On 09/17/2015 at 2:12 pm

        ISIS or some other jehadist !

        No one even the president or queen is above the law.

        Am sure comrade jagdeo does not sleep well at night.

        Karma …. My friend ….what goes around comes around !

  • Deen  On 09/15/2015 at 5:23 pm

    There is much credence to Karma.
    Bharrat Jadeo will have to pay for his transgressions, using his political office and influence to benefit himself and his friends, and above all his failure as a leader to alleviate the suffering, hardship and poverty of the people, reduce unemployment and elevate the standard of living in Guyana. Instead bribery, corruption, crime and the ills of society prevailed. He and Donald Ramotar were poor leaders. Both of them were a letdown to the people and the country. Guyana still remains one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, struggling for survival. The people are desperate for change…change for the better. Let’s hope that APNU-AFC can make that change and fulfill the people’s expectations.

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