Second US Congressman calls for wealth sharing and political inclusion in Guyana

Hank Johnson – US Congressman

United States (US) Democrats appear to be closely paying attention Guyana’s political landscape that has been historically split along race lines, just 10 months after a change of government in this South American nation.

Democratic Congressman, Hank Johnson on Wednesday became the second American congressman in recent days to have publicly issued a call for everyone to be included in decision-making. Pointedly, Mr. Johnson strongly suggested that all Guyanese must benefit from their country’s wealth.         

“Guyana’s wealth is for all the people of Guyana, irrespective of their ethnicity. I urge the current government and leaders of the opposition in the National Assembly to work together towards further strengthening Guyana’s democracy and building a more inclusive nation,” he said in a statement that also focused on the now more than one-month-old floods in several parts of Guyana. Mr. Johnson is also a member of the Caribbean caucus.

Congressman Johnson’s position appeared similar to that of the Chairman of the Congressional sub-committee on the Western Hemisphere, Albio Sires who urged stakeholders in Guyana to ensure all Guyanese benefit from the country’s growing oil wealth.

“In Guyana, where I travelled this year, we should work to ensure that proceeds of oil revenues benefit the entire population,” he said in a recent address to a hearing on “the Biden Administration’s efforts to deepen U.S. engagement in the Caribbean” that coincided with US Caribbean Month 2021.

Mr. Sires has reiterated that the US wants to hold talks with the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-led administration and the opposition coalition of A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), among others, to ensure that everyone is involved in Guyana’s increasing goods and services for the population of more than 750,000 persons. “As I said during the trip to Guyana, we want to engage all actors in Guyana including businesses, civil society, the current government and the opposition to advance inclusive economic growth,” Mr. Sires, a Democrat, has said.

The APNU+AFC has been complaining bitterly that it is being left out of key decision- making on, for instance, the oil and gas sector. The opposition has also been alleging discrimination against its mainly Afro-Guyanese support base by the government’s dismissal of workers and selective distribution of flood relief. Referring to the floods, Congressman Johnson cited the need for everyone to be provided assistance. “It is important that every person affected by this disaster is able to receive the support they need to rebuild their lives in the shortest possible time,” he said.

The governing People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP), backed mainly by Indo-Guyanese, has rebuffed the opposition charges of discrimination, but has been unapologetic for its decision to sack workers who have been identified as having been involved in opposition political activism.

The Democratic party controls the US House and Congress

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  • brandli62  On 07/01/2021 at 11:55 am

    It’s unclear to me from the report how the two US congressmen want to achieve their goal of wealth sharing and political inclusion in Guyana? Do they have any concrete proposals? Maybe they should put some thought into how to manage the National Resources Fund (NRF), Guyana’s 400-million USD sovereign wealth fund, and assist the current administration in drafting regulations that ensures the NRF to preserve its endowment for future generations. This would be a concrete pressing issue that they could address with US financial knowhow. This would also make more sense than just throwing out some general statements that remain hot air, if not followed up by concrete plans.

  • wally n  On 07/01/2021 at 3:40 pm

    WASHINGTON — Is the island of Guam in danger of tipping over and capsizing?

    U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, Democrat from Lithonia, recently worried that it might be, according to a videotaped congressional hearing that is getting plenty of play online and over the airwaves.
    “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize,” Johnson said, straight-faced and seemingly serious.

    I would watch this one closely….might not be smart enough to give advice to Guyanese….definitely an over-reacher

  • brandli62  On 07/01/2021 at 4:31 pm

    OMG, 🙈

  • Dennis Albert  On 07/02/2021 at 5:31 pm

    While we Guyanese fight matie because of where our ancestors came from, the Portuguese and European elite are profiting handsomely from oil contracts, inflated land prices and concessions that we as Guyanese do not get.

    You have the low-class people from Eastern Europe beating up Guyanese in the gold mines, and the Polish and Russian nationalists are posting on the comments section vitriol against Haitians and Black people.

    The PPP tries to coddle with the former USSR, but Poland today is a racist country, Hungary and Belarus are fascist countries and Russia is a gangster state where Putin uses his soft power to influence elections.

  • wally n  On 07/02/2021 at 7:45 pm

    Nice of you to take time off from splitting the atom, to help us with all this information, genius
    THANKS!!

  • Dennis Albert  On 07/02/2021 at 8:15 pm

    The nationalists in Poland and Russia want to murder Black and Arab people. Guyana should ban those types of racists. They are a plague in the gold mines beating up Guyanese workers.

    Can a Guyanese man go to Russia and do the same, lest he gets killed by an angry mob of white nationalists?

    #Close the borders to racists

  • Dennis Albert  On 07/02/2021 at 8:18 pm

    Guyanese migrate to the Russian-like countries to be treated worse than dogs. I don’t want these people in my country beating up Guyanese and treating them worse than how they treat dogs in Russia.

    Russians caught on video assaulting Guyanese worker in mining camp
    May 09, 2021 News

    Kaieteur News – Two Russian men were caught on camera assaulting a Guyanese worker in a mining camp located in the Region Seven jungle.
    The video recording of the assault went viral after it was uploaded by an online media house yesterday. It began with a Russian man placing a Guyanese worker in a rear choke-hold. Another Russian attacked him from the front as the other man tightened his grip. The Guyanese worker was wrestled to a wooden bench by his second Russian attacker who was heard ordering him to sit down and repeatedly yelled “you working for my company”.

    Screen grab from the video of the assault on McDonald by the Russians.

    The Guyanese man put up some resistance and shouted at the Russian to “Back the f**k off. He was then dragged to a wooden table where the Russian yelled “What is this?”
    The worker further resisted the assault and the Russian continued to wrestle and drag him about the mining camp building, which they were in. He was placed in a “vice grip” for a second time and thrown to the ground.
    At this point, the person recording the video (presumably the worker’s colleague) intervened and saved him from being further assaulted. That colleague could be heard shouting, “Y’all done duh, you ain’t see yuh choking the man, you could kill he. Y’all don’t see them thing pon tv, how them does kill them people in America.”

    • Kman  On 07/03/2021 at 3:03 pm

      If this is true, then it must be fully investigated by the proper and unbiased authority and action taken. Period!

      • Dennis Albert  On 07/03/2021 at 11:51 pm

        Those bastards leave the country without penalty.

        The way they treat us “third worlders” is appalling. They believe that they can come to Guyana, rob us of the resources and treat us as if we deserve to be treated worse than dogs.

        The Europeans treat their dogs better than how they treat Black and Brown people. Dogs have more rights than non-whites I was told by my friends living in the ABCEU countries.

        There was a story of a migrant from India who was stabbed in the back by a Slavic accent man in the city of Alberta, Canada. He reached home complaining of a sprain in his shoulder, and his wife found blood.

        His wife also told him that she can treat the stab wound with alcohol, and that to forgive and forget.

        Guyanese better watch their backs literally in the ABCEU countries.

        The reason why hate crimes against Guyanese are rare in NYC is that the “hoods” of Harlem and Bronx deter the Polish nationalist from committing anti-Black or brown hate crimes, because if one Polish racist antagonises one member in the Bronx, the entire Polish sausage fest get rek’d.

      • guyaneseonline  On 07/04/2021 at 6:53 am

        Again……….
        What does this entry have to do with the subject matter….?
        Are you a robot trolling this blog?
        Moderator

  • Dennis Albert  On 07/03/2021 at 10:50 am

    BLM protest against the PPP:
    https://guyana.hoop.la/topic/blm-protest-rockaway-blvd-r-h-queens-n-y

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