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PPP’s manifest destiny and the death of power-sharing – By Dr. David Hinds

PPP’s manifest destiny and the death of power-sharing

Dr. David Hinds

Dr. David Hinds

Hinds’Sight – By Dr. David Hinds – November 1, 2015

THE strike by GAWU this past week is instructive. It has nothing to do with industrial concerns; it couldn’t. The new government has done everything to assure sugar workers. It has continued to subsidise the ailing industry. It has not treated workers of its own constituency half as nicely, yet GAWU called a strike ostensibly to protest the delay in wage talks. The PPP has made clear its intention to crucify this government, and it intends to use its influence in the sugar and rice industries to fulfil this objective.

For me, this strike is another nail in the coffin of the much-anticipated power-sharing Government of National UnityContinue reading

We have not done enough talking on power-sharing – Eusi Kwayana

We have not done enough talking, grounding, conferences on power-sharing

eusi Kwayana -in 2014

eusi Kwayana (90) -in 2014

Letter: By Eusi Kwayana

Dear Editor:  Mr Tacuma Ogunseye, arguing the case for Africans, has raised the issue of power-sharing as it can play a part in the governance of Guyana. My own view is that while he stands out as a voice for the future of all Guyanese society, he recommends marches as a means of achieving it. We need means that inform, educate, or appeal to reason or goodwill. He is in Guyana, and I am not, and perhaps he believes that none of these matter any more.

Political marches of one race, from when they started, and regardless of their cause, have terrified others. We do not seem to realise that what we have not done enough of is grounding, talking, conferences, on these important issues.   Continue reading

Opposition lays down demands for power-sharing

Opposition lays down demands for power-sharing

December 2, 2011 – Demerara Waves

The political opposition has laid down demands for a power-sharing cabinet but president-elect, Donald Ramotar has refused to confirm that.

“I will not confirm or deny anything,” he told Demerara Waves Online News (www.demwaves.com )

He and presidential candidates for the opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), David Granger and Alliance For Change’s (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan met Thursday evening in a Committee Room at Parliament Buildings.

“The Meeting was convened to discuss issues of interest to the people of Guyana. The Presidential Candidates agreed that there will be follow- up meetings directly and through their representatives,” they said in a joint statement.    Continue reading

Benefits of a Government of National Unity

Benefits of a Government of National Unity

by David Hinds – from DAYCLEAN GLOBAL – September-October 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

With the APNU contesting the upcoming elections on a platform of shared governance and power sharing in the form of a Government of National Unity (GNU), the debate on the merits and demerits of this idea has resurfaced. Despite what the skeptics say, there are at least four clear benefits of a GNU for Guyana.

Perhaps the foremost benefit of a Government of National Unity is its potential for ensuring that no ethnic group dominates the other politically and by extension culturally and economically. In Guyana the executive branch has evolved as the engine of government with the other two branches serving for the most part in a supplementary manner. One can argue with much justification that there has been an executive supremacy that borders on executive tyranny. The party which wins the election gets a majority in the parliament, which then gives it automatic control of the executive branch. This guarantees the governing party enormous power, which in a situation of ethnic polarisation is an unfair advantage that eventually leads to authoritarianism or democratic exclusion. With the built-in parliamentary majority, government bills are guaranteed passage unless there is a revolt among government parliamentarians, which has never occurred in Guyana.  Continue reading

David Hinds discusses “Power Sharing”

“African Guyanese call for Power Sharing is an affirmation of human and birth rights.”

By Dr. David Hinds  –
Special To News Americas  – http://www.newsamericasnow.com

Born in Buxton, David Hinds is a professor of Caribbean and African Diaspora studies at Arizona State University and executive member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA). More of his writings can be found on his website at:  www.guyanacaribbeanpolitics.com
News Americas, PHOENIX, Arizona, Weds. May 4, 2011:

When I came out in support of Tacuma Ogunseye’s call for African Guyanese to take to the streets in Guyana to demand power sharing, I did so because I sensed that people were playing politics with the issue. Let me preface today’s offering with a few general observations.

First, I make a distinction between the Indian masses whose lives are as miserable as Africans and the Indian government which is as unaccountable to Indians as it is to the Africans. Second, I do not blame the Indian people for the plight of Africans; in the same way I don’t blame the African people for the suffering of Indians under the PNC. In both cases I hold the governments responsible for the excesses. Third, nobody can seriously accuse me of remaining quiet when Indian people are under attack–my record speaks for itself.

Fourth, I am not advocating violence against Indian people or the Indian government. That is the worst solution; all of us will be consumed. I am instead supporting African defiance and militancy against those who are intent on confining their role in Guyana to something called “opposition.” Fifth, I do not absolve African people from fault for our collective condition. But our problem is not simply that we like to party and spend lavishly as some Indians think. Our problem is that we have not cherished enough who we are – self-love. Finally, I am sure the cynics in our midst will say that I do not speak for African Guyanese. That is their business. I speak as an African Guyanese. When I put my life on the line to fight and help bring down an African Guyanese government, I never did so to install an Indian Guyanese government. We in the WPA fought for a Government of National unity. So I am not a “just come” to power sharing.

Despite attempts to frame it in violent and racist terms, Tacuma Ogunseye’s call has served the purpose of putting the question of race and governance back on sensible footing. From Eusi Kwayana’s call in 1961 for joint premiership to the PPP’s call for a National Patriotic Front in 1977 to the WPA’s 1979 proposal for a Government of National Unity and Reconstruction to the PNC’s call for Shared Governance in 2002, the issue of power sharing has been about how to achieve security for all races beginning at the political level. All of the proposals I referenced above started from the position that intra-racial solidarity is a given in our political culture. Kwayana captured the essence of problem in 1961 this way: “We have known all along that the Indians would not trust a Black leader and that the Africans would not trust an Indian leader.” That reading was correct in 1961 and it is even more correct fifty years later….    more

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