Guyana Politics: The Guyana Renewal Project – “Proposal for Inclusive Governance Approach in Guyana,”

The Guyana Renewal Project 

Article 13 of Guyana’s Constitution declares:

The principal objective of the political system of the State is to establish a inclusionary democracy by providing increasing opportunities for the participation of citizens, and their organisations, in the management and decision-making processes of the State, with particular emphasis on those areas of decision-making that directly affect their well-being.

The operationalization of this fundamental national principle must be an outcome of the resolution of Guyana’s current political crisis. Since the submission of the report of the Constitution Reform Commission to the National Assembly on July 17, 1999, successive governments have failed to take the decisive action needed to implement the spirit of Article 13. As a result, the state of Guyana has lurched from crisis to crisis during its election cycles.

In the process, its citizens are assaulted and traumatized by the stress and tensions caused by this flawed constitution. Today, Guyanese at home and abroad are asking many questions and expressing concerns about the present political situation and the economic consequences. There are deep concerns and fears about the ethnic polarization and unseemly racism that haunts the land. Guyanese citizens at home and abroad want homegrown solutions. They recognize that now is the time for dialogue.

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  • Rickie Sankar  On July 24, 2020 at 8:06 am

    Make a declaration of the current results of the election and then these could be discussed. You cannot have the incumbent rigging the election and then want to talk .Was this in their manifesto .This would not have been raised if the APNY had won a free and fair election.

  • guyaneseonline  On July 27, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    Received from Dr. Vibert Cambridge:

    Dear Colleagues,
    Good afternoon and best wishes for the new week. The initiators of the Guyana Renewal Project are heartened by the responses received from patriotic Guyanese at home and abroad to its Communiqué of July 20, 2020. These responses have come from youth and adults from all of Guyana’s ethnic communities. They have come from persons with alliances to all the dominant political parties. Responses have come from the business community, the creative community, diplomats and the international community, public servants, individuals with solid connections to the nation’s religious communities, teachers, trade unionists, working people, and retirees. All support the call for inclusionary democracy and governance. Many have offered recommendations and guidance for the way forward.

    The initiators of the Guyana Renewal Project note with satisfaction the suggestion to get the “supporters of the political parties[to meet] each other to talk the way out of the win/lose elections story, [and] to dream what would happen, instead of the leaders.”

    We hope that these and other emerging popular actions will cause the leaders of the main parties to make the consequential and transformative decisions needed to take Guyana out of this dangerous political impasse.

    It should be restated that the initiators of the Guyana Renewal Project are Guyanese patriots in and outside Guyana. Our sole objective is to change the political conversation and to keep the country from descending into chaos and confusion. We have no personal or collective political aspirations.

    We continue to invite collaboration with other like-minded individuals and groups to develop and to champion the best ideas to move Guyana forward for the benefit of all.

    Guyana Renewal Project
    July 27, 2020

    Vibert C. Cambridge, Ph.D., A.A., Professor Emeritus
    School of Media Arts and Studies
    Scripps College of Communication
    Ohio University
    Athens, OH 45701
    Mobile: 740-591-7318

  • wally n  On July 27, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    There you go, join up guys

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