Daily Archives: 01/08/2023

GUYANA: Changes in political cultures demonstrate mutual respect and common decency – Letter by Andre Brandli

By Stabroek News – LETTERS: January 7, 2023

Dear Editor,

I am referring to the news from earlier this week that President Irfaan Ali bestowed Guyana’s second highest award, the Order of Roraima, on the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. According to press release of the Department of Public Information (https://dpi.gov.gy/pm-gonsalves-conferred-with-order-of-roraima/),

Vice President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, former president, Donald Ramotar, ministers’ Hugh Todd, Oneidge Walrond, Nigel Dharamlall, Foreign Secretary, Robert Persaud, and other officials were also in attendance at the ceremony. This was also documented by the photographs accompanying the report.            Continue reading

GUYANA: Mocha confrontation – Editorial by Stabroek News

Stabroek News

By January 6, 2023

In this country commonplace problems in need of practical solutions are frequently prone to metamorphose into political controversies. Never mind that they are in essence not political issues; the leaden hand of politics leaves its imprint on everything here. And so it is in the case of the situation in Mocha: on the one hand the allegations of discrimination reverberate around, and on the other the response echoes across the airways that progress is being stymied. And all this because a group of squatters refuses to remove from land earmarked for a new road between Eccles and New Diamond.

It would seem that they are not actually in the path of the road itself, but on land adjacent to it, and that the proposed highway will pass behind their structures. It may be that the position of the Ministry of Housing has shifted over the months, since in September of the year before last, according to residents of the area appropriately named Pepper Field, they had been told to reposition their houses so they would face the new road. While this would have recommended itself as an offer to be accepted, especially if some kind of compensation were to be paid, the residents did not take the Ministry up on this. As one resident explained, if people didn’t get permission to build there, then no one was going to do it.            Continue reading

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