Tears, Fears and All as a Government Falls – By Yvonne Sam

Tears, Fears and All as a Government Falls

By Yvonne Sam

The Coalition may be heading for perdition.  Is the prospect of oil the real spoil?

My country ‘tis of thee I don’t like what I see and hear– That the end of the present government draw near.  In an unexpectedly blindsided move, Alliance For Change member, Charrandass Persaud sided with the People’s Progressive Party/Civic on a no confidence motion. Such an action brought about the collapse of the coalition Government and forced early elections.  No one saw it coming— the shot in the back, but all felt the impact.  A single vote got their political goat.    

Granted the entire scenario was fraught with virgin occurrences, in that it was the first time that the Government of Guyana has acquiesced to debate a no-confidence motion, and in the same vein suffered a first time loss in so doing. The solitary vote cast amidst a heated debate gave the PPP/C a 33-32 majority.  Now elections will have to take place, despite the fact that here is almost two years remaining in the constitutional term of the current President David Granger.

Could Charrandass Persaud no other alternative find?  When did he really change his mind?

The motion to be debated, of which all 32 PPP/C members unanimously voted in favour of, was tabled by Bharrat Jagdeo, leader of the Opposition. When it came turn for the members of the Government to vote, Persaud was the third in line. On hearing his name called Charrandass voted “Yes” much to the shock and awe of his fellow party members, who responded with “no” from the government benches.  It appears that they were totally unsure of what they were hearing and what was being played out live before their very eyes. Again his name was called eliciting yet another “yes”. Then there was a momentary pause, followed by an immediate cessation of the vote count.  Such an action did not meet the favour of the PPP Members of Parliament who swiftly voiced their objection to the delay, which was denied by Speaker of the House Dr. Barton Scotland.

During the requested five-minute recess several Government MP’s, even including Volda Lawrence, Chairwoman of People’s National Congress Reform reached out to Persaud who at this point had definitely peaked the interest of his fellow Government MP’s. Once Sherlock Isaacs, the Clerk of the Court restarted the vote count, when Persaud’s name was called he responded “yes”, not once, not twice but thrice.  “Yes, Yes, Yes”.

Such demonstrable behavior on the part of Charrandass Persaud is typical of the 4 Canonical Gospel’s description of the role played by Peter during Jesus’ Last Supper.  After the denial and Jesus turned to look at him, Peter then began to weep bitterly.  Persaud instead began to protest loudly, claiming that on occasions one has to vote according to conscience and not party affiliation. He is neither affiliated with the PPP, nor is he a member.

Why do I get the impression that this former Government M.P is making such a statement not as a lawyer but a blatant liar?  It is evident from his post-voting rants that he had an axe to grind and was waiting for an opportunity to find.  Persaud claimed that he wrote to Raphael Trotman as the Alliance for Change Leader to indicate that the party needed to make a statement. And what a statement he did make—siding with the Opposition.

So what’s next for the Guyanese populace, clearly flabbergasted by the unfolding development?

In a damage -control, face- saving  gesture Former President and Opposition leader Bharrat Jagdeo  inferred that  Persaud’s decision and behavior might have been influenced by the layoff of about 7,000 sugar workers from the area where he lives.  Incidentally, is this not the selfsame Charrandass  Persaud who in September 2013,  announced his departure , from the Alliance for Change , even strengthening the blow by taunting readers saying that a greater surprise would follow his declaration of the new party that he would be joining.  At the time Persaud told Stabroek News that the rationale for his exit from the party was due to his being treated as a second class citizen and taken for granted, with no recognition for his contribution.  Sounds like an adult individual with an unchecked ego problem, behaving like a kid who took his ball and went home.

When and how trust was restored in Charrandas Persaud, enough to depend on him to support the party?  Once a turncoat always a turncoat! And it should not be forgotten that while some zebras may change their stripes, leopards are totally unable to change their spots.

The politicians in Guyana have always labored under the misapprehension that they have the Guyanese population fooled. Such a thought is applicable perhaps only to those who fall under their immediate political mandate. Persaud has said that he had no prior conversation with Jagdeo regarding his vote. Well heard. He would be better off telling it to the Marines.

From my limited political stance the surreptitious move taken by Charrandass  Persaud, has more undertones than meet the  human eye.  The country will soon be a producer of oil and it appears that  Persaud along with others intend these plans to foil. Then again the APNU could not so foolish appear, in believing that by the behavior shown that the traitor acted all alone.

For the APNU to call victory theirs when the next election comes in three months, to a simple plan of action they must adhere.   Make Prime Minister Moses Nagamotoo more evident, then you would be on the path to success bent.   More Visibility!. Less Divisibility!.

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  • The Last Brahmin  On December 23, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Yvonne Sam’s racialism comes out through her acid writings.
    What happened in Guyana was brewing with the coalition years ago, but Mr Charandass stop the “rass pass” and did something. All parties should remember how they treat their members.
    According to Ram Karran:
    In the heat of the early 1960s, the PPP proposed a coalition government and elicited the help of Eric Williams and Kwame Nkrumah to help to persuade the PNC. In the depressing period of the late 1970s with election postponement and constitutional imposition in the air, the PPP proposed a National Patriotic Front and a government based thereon. During the period of authoritarian rule, these initiatives kept alive the promise of 1950. The PNCR in 2002 under its Leader, Desmond Hoyte, accepted the promise as the way forward for Guyana, restoring this severed promise.

    The people of Guyana paid tribute to this idea of 1950 on the passing of Cheddi Jagan in 1997 by their tens of thousands – man, woman, and child, rich and poor, of every age, color and class. A national unity government by Guyana’s 50th Anniversary will truly celebrate Cheddi Jagan’s lifelong commitment to the ideals of 1950.
    LIVE FOREVER AND BE PROSPEROUS!

    • Hermina  On December 23, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      Last Brahmin please be the first to read the response put up by Hermina. Perhaps you can define the term acid in your sentence before affixing it to writing. Also I wonder as to the background of some of you respondents. Where in any of what is written by the writer is race inferred, alluded to, mentioned directly or succinctly.
      Definition of racialism
      : a theory that race determines human traits and capacities.

      Do yourself a favor and like Ms. Sam back up/ substantiate or corroborate all your statements made, with attention paid to topic relevance . You will come across much more smarter or brighter and not the last brahmin.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On December 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Ms. Sam likens Charrandass Persaud’s No Confidence vote to that of Simon Peter’s 3x denial/rejection of Jesus: “the Clerk of the Court restarted the vote count, when Persaud’s name was called he responded “yes”, not once, not twice but thrice. “Yes, Yes, Yes””.

    Further excerpt from Ms Sam: “Such demonstrable behavior on the part of Charrandass Persaud is typical of the 4 Canonical Gospel’s description of the role played by Peter during Jesus’ Last Supper. After the denial and Jesus turned to look at him, Peter then began to weep bitterly. Persaud instead began to protest loudly, claiming that on occasions one has to vote according to conscience and not party affiliation. He is neither affiliated with the PPP, nor is he a member. Why do I get the impression that this former Government M.P is making such a statement not as a lawyer but a blatant liar? “

    Ms. Sam sees Persaud’s rejection of the Gov’t as a Biblical moment of betrayal; but Mr. Persaud sees his action in terms of Karma. ‘As a “Hindu”’, he says, he is willing to live with the karmic consequences. Did Ms. Sam’s Biblical worldview affect her rejection of Mr. Persaud’s ‘karmic’ choice? In other words is the Bible the True and Only Way; and the Hindu way the road to Peridition?

    Ms. Sam further says: “It is evident from his post-voting rants that he had an axe to grind and was waiting for an opportunity to find. Persaud claimed that he wrote to Raphael Trotman as the Alliance for Change Leader to indicate that the party needed to make a statement.”
    Unfortunately, Ms. Sam never tells us what that “statement” was about that his AFC leader Trotman, never made.

    It turns, this is what Persaud was talking about – that was all over the Guyana and Caribbean news media but not here. ‘Volda Lawrence, Chairperson of the PNC openly racist promise: “The only friends I got is PNC, so the only people I gon give wuk to is PNC and right now, I looking for a doctor who can talk Spanish or Portuguese and ah want one that is PNC.” (KN News).

    Instead, Persaud complains that Trotman came to Volda Lawrence’s defence – that she was overwhelmed for have lost the Local Gov’t Election.

    Persaud also revealed in his interview (link below) that: ‘in the cafeteria, Ms. Lawrence threatened to throw any MPP who crossed the floor to the Opposition, over the Parliament Buildings rails’ (a twenty-five feet drop, as I worked immediately below Parliament, at the Treasury Dept).

    Listen to Persaud again, last link here by GuyaneseOnline.
    https://guyaneseonline.net/2018/12/22/video-bedlam-after-apnuafcs-persaud-says-yes-to-no-confidence-motion/

    VNM.

  • Emanuel  On December 23, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    Jagdeo got revenge for 2015, but he must understand that his time is up and move on to make way for a new, fresh leader. Mr Persaud said he cannot be a “yes man” and voted his conscience.

    In a parliamentary democracy that is how it works. May servived her no confidence vote. Mr Granger didn’t. Guyana will survive this crisis. But Jagdeo has to go. We don’t need him!

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On December 23, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Quotes from Stabroek News editorial (Dec23/18) which adds credibility to two issues Mr. Charrandass Persaud gave for his No Confidence vote. Clearly, Ms. Sam is oblivious to Persaud’s reasoning.

    Re. The Volda Lawrence incident/repercussions:
    “In passing it must be noted that neither APNU nor its main component, the PNCR sought to discipline Volda Lawrence, the APNU+AFC MP, Minister of Public Health and Chairman of PNCR for her sickening remarks at a Region Four District Conference in November” [about giving jobs only to PNC supporters]

    “The lack of action by the AFC Leader Raphael Trotman over those remarks was cited by Mr Persaud as one of the grounds for his vote on Friday in favour of the motion of no confidence. “

    Even the Simona Broomes (another woman Minister) high-handed, threatening behaviour to two security guards on the East Bank, Dem. is also cited. “Other APNU+AFC members have been similarly let off for poor behaviour, Minister Simona Broomes being another example.”

    Re. Sugar Industry
    So cocky and arrogant was the APNU-AFC govt that: “Not even the tabling of the motion of no confidence seemed to have awakened in it the realization that three and a half years of its governance could have awakened deep-seated and seething resentment at its handling of the sugar industry and other parts of the economy to the extent that it could lose office”

    Here again the retrenchment of 7,000 sugar workers is cited by the editorial, which is one of the reasons Mr. Persaud gave for his ‘betrayal’ as Ms. Sam views it.
    https://www.guyfrog.org/news/2018/12/23/stabroek-news-editorial-guyanas-government-loses-no-confidence-vote/

    VNM

  • Hermina  On December 23, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    Why do I get the Guy-a-knees impression that everyone is ready to thrash the writer, who is only giving her version of how she sees things and of which she is entitled to do. I do not see anyone commenting on the written fact that Ms. Sam clearly stated that in 2013 the said Minister resigned from the AFC citing the very same reasons that he now again put forward. To jog your memory and prevent you from hogging a lopsided view here’s the statement
    Charrandass Persaud who in September 2013, announced his departure , from the Alliance for Change , even strengthening the blow by taunting readers saying that a greater surprise would follow his declaration of the new party that he would be joining. At the time Persaud told Stabroek News that the rationale for his exit from the party was due to his being treated as a second class citizen and taken for granted, with no recognition for his contribution.

    Talking about karma and the whole lot then knock yourself out with this. Remember before you start pointing finger ber in mind that there will always be one pointing back in your direction.
    Executive member of AFC, Mr. Charrandass Persaud, attorney-at-law, who was a candidate for that party in the 2011 General Elections, has found himself in the middle of an investigation of fraud in respect of a property situated at Lot 7 Blairmont, West Bank Berbice
    Link: https://guyana.hoop.la/topic/corruption-again-in-the-afc

    In September 2013, Persaud had a falling out with the AFC. He told Stabroek News then that he left the AFC because he was treated as second class and taken for granted. He later patched up with the AFC in time for the 2015 general elections and was named a member of Parliament.

    https://www.stabroeknews.com/2018/news/guyana/12/21/apnuafc-mp-charrandass-persaud-votes-yes
    Do you not think that with disgust uttered over 4 years ago that C should have hauled his — a long time ago?
    Ask the question now. Why not ? What was he waiting for? he is not speaking as if things had improved.

    Incidentally am always awe struck at how Guyanese fail to see the glass as being half full or half empty.

  • Tata  On December 24, 2018 at 12:41 am

    Sam did a beautiful analogy of Jesus’s Last Super to describe Charrandass “no confidence” vote. Arguably, This Just didn’t happen in the spur of the moment but was planned and executed to create a SHOCK and AWE response. But don’t worry, let the world see Guyana for what it is because a nation divided by two groups of people who just cannot and would NEVER see eye to eye is a recipe for NOTHING good.

    Sadly, Guyana’s OIL wealth has created so much toxic energy and an anticipated GREED to be in control. But, as my grandma would say, “God don’t like ugly” so, don’t celebrate yet! There is a silver lining to ALL of this debacle.

    And for the those TWO “blind mice” who are always ready to lash out at anyone who has an opinion on anything they appose, “the blog is 23 years of a Drug economy is progress, then they has no place in any civilized world.

  • Tata  On December 24, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Let me complete my thought! It is pathetic that these “two intellectuals” always seem to lash out at anyone who don’t agree with their logic. Fortunately, we live in a civilized world and is entitled to ones opinion. Hopefully, you reread Sam’s work and come away with a different perspective.

    And by the way, 23 years of a DRUG economy is worst than HELL.

    No! No! No!

    • Emanuel  On December 24, 2018 at 1:29 am

      Double agents?

      Those “two intellectuals “ are one and the same, just as Yvonne and Hermina are one and the same.

      But why?

      • guyaneseonline  On December 27, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        For your Information:
        Hermina and Yvonne are using different e-mail address from two different locations, and it is unlikely that they are the same person.
        Editor

    • walter  On December 24, 2018 at 10:06 am

      Agree, one of reasons Chinese Government, and large Corporations, Oil companies, easily take advantage of third world countries lack of “cohesion” among political parties, membership in general, and possibly, greed. If Guyanese, don’t make sensible decisions, they will end up like the other third world countries, winning the “Lottery” and ending up BROKE.

  • Veda Nath Mohabir  On December 24, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Since the Bible is vogue:

    “Hear this, O foolish and senseless people, who have eyes, but see not, who have ears, but hear not. (Jeremiah 5:21)
    “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. (Matt 7:5)

    These Biblical verses clearly apply to the few of you. Take the ‘plank’ out of your eyes and read Freddie Kissoon’s today. https://guyaneseonline.net/2018/12/24/guyana-politics-charrandass-is-forming-a-party-next-month-freddie-kissoon/

    And on the weekend, which Cyril has posted (Comment Section):
    https://guyaneseonline.net/2018/12/21/guyana-govt-falls-after-apnuafc-mp-charrandass-persaud-votes-yes-to-no-confidence-motion/

    But so warped are your thinking that one of you is even a strong Trump supporter. Normally, I don’t follow Freddie Kissoon but in order to learn more of the context of Mr Persaud’s “yes” vote I read his columns; and also noticed that Kissoon has been turning away from the APNU-AFC coalition for a while now. As it turns out, Kissoon is good friend of Mr. Persaud and he like Mr. Ramkarran was expecting a ‘No Confidence’ vote soon. Kissoon knew the day before! Kissoon thinks highly of Mr Persaud, unlike the few of you who are digging into his past (but ignoring Volda Lawrence and the 7,000 sugar workers and families – about 30,000 – who are now starving) – yet the AFC and the coalition were happy to have him as their MPP

    Now, more of the Bibilical/’God intervention’ scenario.
    Let’s go back to the Sunday after last elections results were published. Mr. Granger exclaimed that the ‘good Lord’ had given him and Guyana people “a blessed day”, even though the GECOM spread sheet that allowed the “blessed day” DID NOT balance. Why? because, if you are familiar with creating spread sheets the far-right-bottom total has to balance by the vertical and horizontal totals. They did not! Meaning the numbers were “plugged in” to give an UNnatural total.

    So, the good Lord has decided the ‘blessed day’ must end and has allowed KARMA to run its course. The UNblessed coalition which sprouted-up and has quickly withered, like the farmer who cast seeds on rocky soil. (Jesus).

    But, I won’t celebrate yet. Knowing the harsh history of the PNC we will see one of the worst elections periods of Guyana ahead. Lots of commotion and instability (euphemisms) ahead.
    VNM.

  • janet James  On December 31, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Get real Ms Sam, you sound Like Volda Lawrene ans Simona.Try to be impartial, prejudices is a sign of ignorance.

  • Trevor  On January 2, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    This Imam has some good stories to tell:

    • Trevor  On January 2, 2019 at 11:39 pm

      He speaks of the River Euphrates, but this also applies to current events here in Guyana.
      Guyana has uncovered it’s “Mountain of Gold”, and everyone will fight for that Gold, such as Venezuela, Russia, USA, NATO, PPP, PNC, AFC.

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