Guyana Politics: The unsinkable Titanic sank in 2015 – By Freddie Kissoon

Guyana Politics: The unsinkable Titanic sank in 2015

By Freddie Kissoon – 12 June 2018

Three important occurrences last week should be noted – the court ruled that the President could select a GECOM Chairman of his own choice bypassing the Carter formula. Secondly, Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington have received more criminal charges. Thirdly, after a long absence from the public gallery, Roger Luncheon surfaced to accuse GECOM of discrimination in employment.

Inside the psychology of all PPP leaders after their 1992 victory was that the PPP could never lose an election and was only kept out of power by electoral fraud. For all PPP cadres, once there is a general election, the PPP will win. By the time Jagdeo won a second term in 2006, the PPP’s collective psychology was saturated with invincibility.     

The 2011 failure to capture a majority did not cause any reflection because the PPP still had power. It didn’t matter that there wasn’t a majority; for the PPP, the 2011 election kept the PPP in control. There was no analysis because the invincibility fever would never disappear.

Then an explanation came by randomly. It went like this; PPP supporters felt that the PPP would always win, so quite a number of them didn’t see it as urgent to go out and vote. PPP leaders actually accepted that self-destructive illusion as objective reality.

So from 2011 onwards, no breathtaking policy was embarked on. No innovative thinking was pursued. In fact, the post-2011 PPP behaved as the pre-2011 PPP – with invincible pomposity. But another illusion was embraced after 2011.

With the opposition yearly cutting parts of the national budget, the PPP saw a golden egg dropped in its lap. It can reclaim the percentage it lost in 2011 by painting the APNU and AFC as parties that put people out of jobs with their “spiteful” slashing.

With blinding spectacles that Dr. and Mrs. Jagan gave them a long time ago, the Champion of Dirt and De Donald in 2015 could not see the iceberg ahead. They rammed the iceberg disemboweling the invincible ship Papa Cheddi and Mama Janet built. The great Titanic constructed on Robb Street sank.

My reading of the situation is that the PPP will not be in power in 2020. The present ruling Coalition will be back in office. I am choosing my words carefully here. I will not say that the APNU+AFC will win in 2020. I am confining myself to the words, “will be back in office” in 2020. I think from hereon we will see the decline of the PPP and in years to come, new leadership will emerge.

This is what happens when power destroys the mind. All the tears the PPP are shedding now are crocodile tears. They had 23 years to re-think the Carter formula. However, the PPP will always win. It will be a PPP president that will have to agree to the opposition choices. So why bother to change the system.

Why bother to change institutions that feed your lust for longevity. In fact, the PPP birthed new institutions that quenched its thirst for unbridled power.

With Mark Benschop, Oliver Hinckson and other critics in mind, the PPP changed rules that existed for centuries. A person faces a jury and that jury’s decision, either way, is final. The state can now appeal a jury’s not guilty verdict. In changing the law, the PPP wanted to keep in jail its critics who were freed. It will come back to haunt the PPP. Every acquittal of PPP leaders in the High Court will be appealed.

God knows how many more charges will be forthcoming for corrupt leaders from the PPP who ran Guyana like it was a private playground. Singh and Brassington have to face the court on new charges. They probably will face a third and a fourth and a fifth indictment.

Huge resources were sold for a song. PPP leaders could have given away any part of Guyana they wanted. And why not? They were an unstoppable juggernaut.

Here is what I found morbid and sick. Even if you sold state land cheaply to a private investor, you should have tied his hands. He had to build houses and not resell the land. However, in many cases, the lands were in turn sold to individuals and the developer made prodigious profits. Meanwhile police, soldiers, nurses, labourers were on a waiting list to be contacted 20 years later.

By the way, isn’t Jagdeo open to investigation? He sold his Pradoville 1 house-lot less than a year after purchase. The requirement is ten years after. Memorabilia from the Titanic is constantly on sale at auctions. I heard Freedom House artifacts are on sale.

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  • Ron Saywack  On June 12, 2018 at 8:22 am

    Enquiry minds want to know:

    “By the way, isn’t Jagdeo open to investigation? He sold his Pradoville 1 house-lot less than a year after purchase. The requirement is ten years after. ” F. Kissoon.

    Questions:

    1) Could you please provide us the ordinance stating the conditions under which an owner must abide by before he can legally resell newly-acquired land?

    2) And what are the reasons for the 10-year-waiting period before such land can be resold?

    I have not heard or read of the existence of such a requirement anywhere else on planet Earth. It seems a bit too drastic and draconian to me. Guyana must be the only place where such strange rules exist. I am open to being corrected, Mr. Kissoon. Please provide the facts.

  • Albert  On June 12, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    “Could you please provide us the ordinance stating the conditions under which an owner must abide by before he can legally resell newly-acquired land?”

    There may be nothing in the laws of Guyana. The issue may be the circumstances under which the transaction was carried out. If I as President of Guyana used my authority to sell 300 acres of govt. own land to a friend for say $3000, and within a few months bought it from him for $30,000 then sold it to Chinese developers for $30M, what law is broken. Further as President I may be exempt from capital gain tax.

    In the US elected politicians used their authority to provide favors for corporations in their jurisdiction and were rewarded with stock options to buy company shares at floor value prices to make enormous profits.

    Guyana may still be like in the days of Al Capone when the laws were so inadequate that all they could charge him with was tax evasion, after all the crimes he committed.

    Now there are corrupt practice laws in the US to prevent elected officials doing what could be done in Guyana.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On June 12, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Kissoon: “My reading of the situation is that the PPP will not be in power in 2020. The present ruling Coalition will be back in office. I am choosing my words carefully here. I will not say that the APNU+AFC will win in 2020.”

    From 1964 to 1992 (28) years the PNC (forerunner of APNU) never won a fair election but was in power. Even the last elections which put the APNU+AFC coalition in gov’t is suspect for among other things the final published worksheet of votes by party and regions didn’t balance (vertically and horizontally) meaning a number(s) was plugged in to give the win. So Freddie most likely foresee this happening again. Not surprisingly though, he is unconcerned, as long as the PPP is out of power. That is UG lecturer, Freddie’s idea of fairness and democracy.

    VedaNM..

    • Ron Saywack  On June 13, 2018 at 2:47 am

      Kissoon appears to be the least bothered by the twenty-something-year reign of terror in Guyana from 1964 to 1992. Perhaps there is a clinical blind spot up there to which he’s unaware.

      Veda: “That is UG lecturer, Freddie’s idea of fairness and democracy.”

      By the way, Veda, correct me if am wrong, wasn’t Kissoon terminated from his lecturing position at UG several years ago?

      Therefore, he ain’t doing much lecturing at UG these days, except from his podium at KN.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On June 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Ron: “wasn’t Kissoon terminated from his lecturing position at UG several years ago?”

    You are correct, but he received some damages for ending of his contract early. I simply assumed he was reinstated based on the way he writes. But I also wondered how he can fire of such rapid denouncements of the PPP and non-urban Indians, whom he considers intellectually deficient (likely after seeing himself in the mirror), if he still was lecturing.
    Perhaps all he does now is from his KN ‘podium’.

    Veda

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