Guyana- Guerrilla/gorilla warfare in the PPP – By Freddie Kissoon

Guyana- Guerrilla/gorilla warfare in the PPP – By Freddie Kissoon

Kaieteur News –  27 January 2017

Maybe there are persons in Guyana who do not know the connection of Bharrat Jagdeo to the newspaper owned by Bobby Ramroop. Kaieteur News on several occasions has openly stated that Mr. Jagdeo is co-owner of the Guyana Times. I believe he is. Mr. Jagdeo then can place any distortion or mischief or propaganda or fake news or alternative facts or personal venom in the paper.

When there appears to be a news item in the Jagdeo/Ramroop newspaper attacking the President of GAWU, Komal Chand, the poisonous statements against Chand suggested that it was a hatchet job arranged by Jagdeo and others in the PPP. The reporting was opaque. For example, the newspaper said it interviewed several workers but there were no specific descriptions – names of sugar workers, estates visited.   

The newspaper quotes unnamed sugar workers as levelling some damning accusations against Chand and cited several of them calling for his resignation.

Chand fired back saying that it was an orchestrated hit job and he hinted at the PPP leadership. The pieces began to fall in place when Anil Nandlall faulted Chand for not confronting the government when the union met it last week over the severance pay issue. Then long-standing PPP sympathiser, Ramon Gaskin, came out on Thursday demanding that Chand must go because he was and is a failure.

As the controversy swirls, there are some interesting emanations from some PPP leaders which point to a war within the PPP. First, PPP Parliamentarian Indra Chandrapal took the side of Chand saying that there are dark motives behind the verbal assault on Chand. Obviously she means within the PPP since, it was the Guyana Times that carried the accusations against Chand and not any other media houses.

Then when asked about the Chand affair, Gail Teixeira stayed clear of any criticism of Chand, saying quite unambiguously, that GAWU and the PPP are two different organisations and see things differently and saying unambiguously again that she does not want to comment on the situation.

Juan Edghill when asked to speak on the alleged failure of Chand in the recent confabulation with the Government chose not to offer an opinion.

Analyzing all the angles in this back and forth drama, it would appear that there are serious battles taking place in the PPP’s temple and Bharrat Jagdeo is in the middle of it. If we assume that the Guyana Times hit job was the work of Jagdeo (and from all appearances it looks so), then several PPP leaders cannot be that naïve not to know this. But many of them are not backing their leader’s position on Chand. Why? The situation inside the PPP is kind of ironically complex.

With each passing day, as the coalition makes terrible mistakes, the PPP war room senses election victory. But ironically this prediction has inherent problems. Several top leaders in the PPP do not want Jagdeo to run even if he wins the two-term court case in the Caribbean Court of Justice.

They feel Jagdeo had fifteen years in control and that the mantle should pass on. Even if he loses the court case, some big wigs in the PPP do not want him to be the face of the 2020 campaign. They feel that the small percentage that the PPP needs to carry them to 51 percent Jagdeo cannot bring.

The mathematics is not hard to do. With all Indian votes going to it, to still win the PPP will need a huge percentage of Amerindian votes. But herein lies the headache. Who says all Indians will vote for it? Who says it will get a huge slice of Amerindian votes? The PPP will not reach 50 percent. It needs a small percentage from African Guyanese, the ballots of the Indians that do not like Jagdeo and an increase in Amerindian votes. Many feel that such a configuration is possible if you have a new Presidential/Prime Ministerial team without Jagdeo.

The headache becomes a nightmare because Jagdeo is not going anywhere. What the Chand story did was to open up old wounds. Some PPP stalwarts believe Jagdeo’s confrontationist style is going to play into the hands of the APNU-AFC leadership and could only drive fear in Indians who may migrate quicker or adopt an introverted life style.

Secondly, they feel that some forms of compromise and concessions are what Cheddi Jagan would want and it will rebound to the electoral and political favour of the PPP. The attack on Chand is the first salvo fired by the Jagdeo faction. As the months move on and as 2019 nears, the fight will get nastier.

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  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 01/29/2018 at 2:16 pm

    Logic or even basic math, if not minimal commonsense continues, perennially, to elude Freddie Kissoon. He wrote:
    “They feel that the small percentage that the PPP needs to carry them to 51 percent Jagdeo cannot bring.
    “The mathematics is not hard to do. With all Indian votes going to it, to still win the PPP will need a huge percentage of Amerindian votes. But herein lies the headache. Who says all Indians will vote for it? Who says it will get a huge slice of Amerindian votes? The PPP will not reach 50 percent. It needs a small percentage from African Guyanese, the ballots of the Indians that do not like Jagdeo and an increase in Amerindian votes. Many feel that such a configuration is possible if you have a new Presidential/Prime Ministerial team without Jagdeo.”

    My critique:
    First of all (assuming the elections results were fair, which is highly doubtful because the Final Elections Report worksheet rows and columns didn’t produce the same total, meaning numbers were plugged in) the “small percentage” that is talked about is less than 1%. The Final results show that the joint APNU & AFC received 50.3% while the PPP alone got 49.19%. In other words, the PPP needed just 0.81% (less than 1%.) to get over 50% to beat the APNU+AFC, as well as, ALL other parties combined.

    So, why does Kissoon then talk of the PPP needing “all Indian” , “a huge percentage of Amerindian votes” and a small % of AfroGuyanese votes to reach 50%? Furthermore, all Indians NEVER voted PPP. In all past Guyana elections there were ‘Indian’ parties, including Islamic parties, the UF and now AFC, and even the PNC under Burnham (whose ruse/stratagem was to plug Indians into ministerial positions and as House speaker to pull Indian votes to the PNC).
    Then, he discounts the almost 20% MIXED Guyanese votes. Wouldn’t a portion of them vote Guyanese, considering high profile former PPP ministers such as Gail Teixeira and Carolyn Rodriguez are mixed?

    So, I am continually miffed how this dunce in logic and math remains a UG lecturer.

    On another issue as is customary, again he takes a stab at Hindus writing: “serious battles taking place in the PPP’s temple”. While he might claim ‘temple’ is a metaphor for something else, knowing his distaste for Hindus, he must have been talking about a ‘Hindu temple’ as knock on Hindus.

    So, I will assess his personality using a Hindu/Yoga schema – the application of “Gunas” theory. In Hindu thought, everything in Nature, including the mind, is made up of either one or a combination of the three Gunas. A stone, for example is mainly Tamasic, with perhaps some Rajas, if say, it has magnetism. Gunas play a very important part in people’s behaviour. There are three Gunas: Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas.
    Freddie Kissoon is inundated by Tamas. “TAMAS CONCEALS THE PRESENCE OF CONSCIOUSNESS. IT CAUSES DULLNESS AND IGNORANCE THROUGH ITS POWER TO OBSCURE. ITS NATURE IS HEAVY AND DENSE”. In addition, he is also imbued with SOME RAJAS, MANIFESTED, IN HIS CASE, AS TRICKERY.
    https://yogainternational.com/article/view/the-gunas-natures-three-fundamental-forces
    Hence, Kissoon will continue throughout his life to portray his Tamasic and Rajasic nature (and infect his followers) until he consciously attempts to recognise these deficiencies and make a change.

    VedaNM.

    • Ali  On 01/29/2018 at 10:55 pm

      Why are you surprised that Freddie gets away with flawed logic? What else do you expect from a shithole country? Don’t be surprised if Freddie decides to run for the big office in 2020.
      He would get at least one vote- his own.

  • hinduindianvoice  On 01/29/2018 at 4:33 pm

    Good old Freddie Kissoon is always a stranger to logic, as evidenced by his strange proof that Bharrat Jagdeo is co-owner of the Guyana Times with Bobby Ramroop.
    He says Bobby Ramroop is owner of the Guyana Times, no problem there. Then he asserts that the Kaietur News on several occasions has said Jagdeo is co-owner of the Times, and Freddie believes Jagdeo is co-owner.
    So Freddie’s proof is the word of the Kaietur News, another newspaper and presumably competitor to the Guyana Times, and his own belief that Jagdeo is co-owner of the Times.
    Really solid evidence there, Freddie! He thinks that’s enough to label the Guyana Times a Jagdeo/Ramroop newspaper and to launch scurrilous attacks attacks on Jagdeo and Ramroop.
    What a clown is this Freddie Kissoon. No, I take that back. A clown makes you laugh. What a tiresome fool is this Freddie Kissoon. Not even good for a laugh. Not even good for you to break a good fart, what at the least eases up the pressure in your lower colon! So what is Freddie good for? Somebody answer quick before he writes another article!

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On 01/29/2018 at 11:40 pm

    I wrote incorrectly: “Wouldn’t a portion of them vote Guyanese”. When reading, please replace “Guyanese” with “PPPC” .
    VedaNM.

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