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GEORGETOWN GUYANA – Flooding Woes – commentary

Stabroek NewsGEORGETOWN GUYANA – Flooding Woes – commentary

[June 7, 2015 – Stabroek News Editorial]

The municipality has 50 miles of canals, 12 outfalls, 13 kokers and 8 [?] pumps under its control. Many of the kokers are in some state of disrepair and a few are dysfunctional, while maintenance practices are open to question. Furthermore, it has been known for years that more infrastructure is required for the city, although even with respect to the system which exists already the records of the various elements are incomplete. There is, in addition, no disaster preparedness plan in existence for Georgetown.

No, this information was not obtained from a report produced last week, but from one which was submitted in May 2005, by a Canadian technical team that came here to undertake a rapid assessment of disaster preparedness, public health and municipal infrastructure following the Great Flood. Never mind, with the exception of the number of pumps servicing the capital, it might as well have been written yesterday.    Continue reading

Writ issued in Guyana over ‘racist remarks’ by former President Jagdeo

Writ issued in Guyana over ‘racist remarks’ by former President Jagdeo
Published on April 10, 2015 – By Caribbean News Now Contributor
Former President Bharat Jagdeo

Bharat Jagdeo

WHIM, Guyana — On Thursday, a summons was issued in Whim, Guyana, by magistrate Charlyn Artiga to be served to former president Bharrat Jagdeo to appear personally in court and plead to a criminal charge of “racially divisive remarks” he made on Sunday, March 8, at a public meeting, “which can result in racial or ethnic violence or hatred among the people” as set out in Section 139 D of the Representation of the People Act.

In his court filing, attorney at law, Chis Ram stated that Jagdeo said:” The opposition consistently shout about the racism of the PPP but they practice racism. The opposition beat drums at six in the morning and say let us throw out those coolie (Indian) people.”

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Jagdeo and the PPP – Lifestyle and Politics – by Ralph Ramkarran


Ralph Ramkarran

Ralph Ramkarran

Posted on March 21, 2015 –  by

In an article for my blog, www.conversationtree.gy, published in SN last Sunday, I took issue with a statement by former President Jagdeo that implied that Cheddi and Janet Jagan lived in luxury. His argument that the Jagans lived such a lifestyle, comparable to his own at the time his house was built, was an attempt to justify his own Cadillac lifestyle, which over the past few years has come under severe scrutiny and criticism.

There were outraged responses by many people to Jagdeo’s statement, including from Clem Seecharran and, more indirectly, Peter Fraser, two distinguished Guyanese historians living and working in the UK. But the most telling came from Nadira Jagan-Brancier, the Jagan daughter, Dr. Tulsie Dyal Singh and Sadie Amin. Dr. Singh, who conferred with Dr Jagan about his medical condition just before he died and visited his home, said that his own family home in Palmyra on the Corentyne when he was growing up in the 1950s was of similar size to the Jagan home. Sadie Amin gave a description of the modest lifestyle and home of the Jagans, including its leaking roof.   Continue reading

Guyana Elections: The return of Mr Jagdeo – commentary

The return of Mr Jagdeo – commentary

Former President Bharat Jagdeo

Former President Bharat Jagdeo

March 23, 2015 · Stabroek News – Editorial

After maintaining public silence for more than three years, former President Jagdeo seized the centre stage earlier this month, first at Babu Jaan on March 8th in a widely reviled presentation and then on March 10th at a hastily convened press conference at Freedom House where he sought to defend his actions but only succeeded in stirring up animosities over his remarks about the Jagans.

Just over two weeks earlier, Mr Jagdeo also featured prominently when President Ramotar mind-bogglingly named him to head up a National Economic Council which one presumes would take off if the PPP/C were returned to office. Why would the President see the need to make this appointment now or to limit his options after the elections are over? Further, it is most unusual for a President to accord his immediate predecessor such an important position in policy making and even rarer for the predecessor to accept. Who would really be running the show? The President or Mr Jagdeo?  Continue reading

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A perfect storm – the radio broadcast licences – commentary

In the DiasporaBy Dr Arif Bulkan

Stabroek News – APRIL 15, 2013 · BY  · 
Dr. Arif Bulkan teaches constitutional law and Caribbean human rights law at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies

The forced disclosure of the Prime Minister that on the eve of demitting office in November 2011, former President Jagdeo issued ten radio broadcast licences in his discretion, brings to mind the concept of a ‘perfect storm’. This refers to a natural phenomenon whereby a series of aggravating circumstances combine to produce one monster event. Jagdeo’s decision to issue those licences was a perfect storm of lawlessness, for it embodied simultaneously a series of unconstitutional and otherwise unlawful acts, all of which are integral aspects of PPP-style governance.

These include their intolerance of criticism, their serial disregard for the law, the nepotism that overshadows employment decisions and government spending, and a shameless policy of racial discrimination targeted at the country’s Afro-descendants. Issuing those licences must have been among the last of Jagdeo’s official acts, and it was wholly in keeping with a tenure that caused Nadira Jagan to lament, shortly after Jagdeo left office, that her parents must be turning in their graves.   Continue reading

Mr Jagdeo’s statement at the funeral – commentary

Mr Jagdeo’s statement at the funeral

Posted By Staff Writer On April 15, 2013  Editorial |  Comments

Former presidents in democratic societies, particularly those who have relinquished power voluntarily and within the construct of constitutional provisions are always looked upon as a reserve of moral authority and as elder statesmen who in times of crises and societal tensions can be relied upon to help bridge divides. They are supposed to become repositories of the wisdom gleaned during their years at the helm and as figures capable of reaching out to all sectors. This is particularly so of ceremonial presidents but there is no reason why in our unique system of governance our former presidents cannot play a similar role.

It doesn’t seem, however, as if former President Jagdeo sees such a part for himself. Indeed, from his most injudicious and unseemly remarks on Thursday at the funeral of Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud he appears to have a totally different view of his role i.e. to whip up societal angst in the interest of the PPP’s electoral fortunes and for his own purposes.   Continue reading

Lindo Creek and Linden – commentary

Lindo Creek and Linden

 By Stabroek staff On July 23, 2012 Editorial | No Comments

News that the investigation into the macabre killing of eight men at Lindo Creek in 2008 has come to an end is unlikely to convince members of the public that real answers will be forthcoming.

There are many questions about this particularly heinous deed which are unanswered, foremost among which are who killed the eight men and how were they  able to evade the justice system?   It has been four long and difficult years for relatives who must now try to come to terms with the passing of their loved ones by burying remains, the discovery of which, has not helped them to see the culpable punished. It is an empty feeling and one that perpetuates a gnawing sense of injustice.

President Ramotar and his government have inherited an unfortunate legacy of stalled, still-born and unproductive investigations of many important matters.  It was something that never apparently troubled former President Jagdeo. However President Ramotar is in a much weaker position having not won a majority of the vote at last year’s elections and there will be much greater pressure from the public to deliver on probes such as Lindo Creek.   [ more ]

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