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5 horrific sexual assaults on minors in 1 month

May 28, 2011 2 comments

In less than one month 5 horrific crimes against minors and the PPP led government is once again showing zero leadership in attempting to address this problem. In Guyana it is common place for sexual predators to pay small sums of money to have these cases just closed without any form of punishment, and the predators just walk free.

1. 12 year old raped by an American resident, offers to pay $250 USD to quiet the victims.
http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/05/05/man-accused-of-raping-12-year-old-girl-proposes-50000-to-settle-matter/

2. 3 year old raped, Ministry of Human Services officials say there is nothing they can do
http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/05/21/three-year-old-child-sexually-molested/

3. 14 year old Amerindian girl gang raped by men suspected of giving her booze.
http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/05/28/semi-conscious-naked-teenager-found-bleeding-in-bushes/

4. Father and brother rapes 16 year old daughter/sister http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/05/17/rape-accused-father-and-son-released/

5. Father rapes 12 year old daughter
http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/05/03/family-members-want-father-apprehended-for-rape/

These are just a handful of cases that I have listed but this is one major issue that the PPP have failed to address after taking office 2 decades ago.

The abuse continues http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/10/05/man-54-caught-again-having-sex-with-mentally-challenged-girl-14-2/

This toilet cost Guyanese taxpayers $60,000USD

May 14, 2011 Leave a comment

when will the thieving stop?

Categories: Corruption, PPP, Shaik Baksh

Guyana politicians family and friends are fleecing the taxpayers

May 13, 2011 Leave a comment

In Guyana the family and friends of the ruling PPP government are getting huge multimillion dollar contracts at the expense of taxpayers.

For Integrity in Government

May 13, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under Editorial

T&T’s Minister of Planning Economic and Social Restructuring and Gender Affairs, Senator Mary King, was dismissed from her offices last Tuesday by President George Maxwell Richards, “in accordance with the advice of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.” The dismissal came just two weeks before the first anniversary of the People’s Partnership coalition government. King is a member of the Congress of the People (COP), and was recommended for appointment by that party.
Why this event should be of more than passing interest to Guyanese is that the dismissal was the consequence of a report in T&T’s Sunday Express, that the Minister had ignored a conflict of interest in not revealing that a contract awarded by her Ministry went to a company in which she was a principal. As a matter of fact, the company was totally owned by the Minister, her husband and her son. But of even greater relevance to our Guyanese context is the sequence of events that led to the Minister’s dismissal.
After the Express’ expose ran last weekend, the PM immediately asked her Attorney General (AG) “to review the facts and circumstances surrounding the award of the captioned contract …to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie breach on the part of the Minister in respect of her obligations under the Integrity in Public Life Act Chap 22.01 of the Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.” The AG submitted his report on Tuesday morning, concluding after reviewing the documentation and evidence presented that, “The Minister acted improperly in failing to disclose her interest and disqualify herself from the entire process.”
The PM reviewed the report and directly recommended to the President that the Minister be dismissed. She informed the nation: “I think it will serve as a warning and a wake-up call to every member of the Cabinet who is interested in serving the people and doing so with transparency and accountability. It will be a lesson to all of us.”
The dismissed Minister had been from her coalition partner COP, and as early as Monday night that party had called on King to step down pending the AG’s investigations. After the dismissal, the party said they had hoped the PM would have acted after an investigation by the Integrity Commission -recommended by the AG in his report and requested by the dismissed Minister. But its leader Winston Dookeran concluded: “we must respect the Prime Minister’s responsibility to maintain the integrity of the party and the Government.”
We compare this quick and united action by the T&T coalition government to fight corruption in public office and demonstrate publicly that it will not be tolerated, with our government’s studied refusal to even acknowledge that such corruption exists. There is not enough space in this space allocated for editorials to even skim the top of instances of corruption that have been identified with our governmental officials. We will only mention the infamous “Dolphin Scandal”, noted not just for its venality and greed, but the exploitation of a poor endangered mammal that our country has sworn to protect. And not a single instance can be cited where a “big one” has been even reprimanded: at the very best some poor underlings had to take the fall.
We compare also, the insistence of our government to blame the media when the latter points out instances of possible corruption. Rather than investigate the allegations and take appropriate action, our government would rather shoot the messenger. Corruption is a cancer that gnaws at the sinews of a society in which it is allowed to spread unchecked. Corruption undermines public trust in the state, and especially the government that is elected to manage that state on behalf of all the people.
We are at the cusp of general elections, where there is a genuine opportunity for our electorate to insist that the status quo will be tolerated no longer – especially as it pertains to corruption. The parties must not only condemn corruption: they must indicate very specifically what steps they will take – within a stated time frame – to address this scourge.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/05/13/for-integrity-in-government/

Pedophilia and other sexual crimes of the PPP elites

May 10, 2011 1 comment

Sexual fascism in Guyana: Maniacs in the corridors of power

April 25, 2010 | By KNews | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon

The irony pierces your psyche and lacerates your soul as you read more and more of the condemnations of some perverted politicians in the corridors of power of sexual abuse. Surely, if God exists, he would strike down these hypocrites.
Times like these I ask God where is he. He doesn’t speak to me so I retain my faith in the philosophy. Sexual horrors permeate the corridors of power. I say in evanescent language, most emphatically and unambiguously no PNC Government, under Burnham and Hoyte, and no Caribbean country since self government right up to the present time would tolerate the level of sexual vulgarity, libidinous bestiality and sexual degeneracy that have taken place among high political elites in the power establishment as what we have seen in Guyana since Cheddi Jagan died.
I have made my judgements against the leadership qualities of Cheddi Jagan but I doubt he would have allowed some of his underlings to retain high offices after he found out about their sexual rapacity. I cannot discuss the CN Sharma court case because it is sub judice but some political elites should be investigated too. Here are a few episodes of sexual animalism that ought to galvanize you saving Guyana’s future.
There is this well known figure in the Hindu religion who did crazy things to his innocent secretary. I will live with the regret that I didn’t save that girl’s life. I see her image in front of me now – petite, small visage, long, flowing, curly hair and the look of innocence.
I met her the week before she committed suicide. I went to the government office where she worked for this man that Jagan nurtured for so long in Jagan’s career. She was depressed. She spoke to me of her status as a sexual servant to this man, all in the promise that he would get a visa for her. But the revelation had dawned that he wasn’t going to get her one. She submitted to all kinds of sexual unorthodoxies just to get her visa. But she was caught in a no-win game. She kept serving him to get her visa but he wasn’t going to let her go because she was a source of endless sex.
She told me he refused to return her passport after a relative agreed to attempt to get her a visa. He abused her, threatened to expose her and tore up the passport in front of her in his office. She went home the same day and committed suicide. If ever this government changes hands, I will walk this entire country demanding the prosecution of this aging religious hypocrite. Why talk about Sharma when this guy deserves to be in jail.
What about the little fourteen-year-old girl from the West Coast whose last name is that of a prominent opposition figure? You want to see fear in the eyes of someone, then, talk to her mother about the rape of her daughter. She is so scared that one day they will come and kill her.
This 14-year-old was raped at a known East Bank business place by three wealthy men who give money to a powerful political party with all-powerful politicians. As they were driving her out, a hugely powerful politician was driving in. He stopped to speak to the people inside the car that was leaving. The rape victim saw him, he saw her. The same day, their operatives went to kill her and they threatened her mother. A good man got her to Canada where on investigation by the Refugee Board, she was granted asylum. The Board did send down an agent here to collect evidence. Canada cannot deny this Mr. Big a visa because refugee cases are confidential.
What about the other mother who was given a house lot and one million dollars after one of Janet Jagan’s favourite cadres who holds an important portfolio ravished her fourteen-year-old daughter (seems that they pick on fourteen-year-old girls). Instead of taking her to her home as requested by the mother, he took her to Ogle when he denuded and penetrated her. The mother said to me” “Freddie, I am not going to talk to you about it; you should know nothing will come of it, so why shouldn’t I take the money and the land.” Her last words to me as I left the Ministry where she works was, “Freddie, please don’t write about it; I’m begging you.”
One last example. This other Mr. Big who functions in the legal sector, beat up his lover in his office (he’s married with grown up kids), then literally kicked her down the steps. These people make CN Sharma look like an angel.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2010/04/25/sexual-fascism-in-guyana-maniacs-in-the-corridors-of-power/

PPP/C goon Randy Persaud begs NY judge for mercy

May 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Dr. Randy Persaud pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after New York prosecutors agreed to drop two other charges. He appeared in court two Saturdays ago.
Persaud is the key figure linked to the Office of the President in Guyana and is said to be involved in government’s propaganda work.
He was arrested on April 29, in Queens, New York, after he reportedly lied to police about his name during a protest. His name is Randolph Baron Persaud. He told the police that his name was Baron Randolph. Police later found out that his correct name was Randolph Baron Persaud.

Dr. Randy Persaud being arrested late last month.

Officials said that Persaud was originally charged for disorderly behaviour, giving false information to the police and public mischief.
A plea deal was worked out between his lawyer and the prosecutor and two of the three charges were dropped. He ended up pleading guilty to disorderly conduct last Saturday afternoon and was placed on six months’ probation.
He reportedly spent the entire night in jail.
The protest exercise that led to the charge was said to be comprising of persons sympathetic to opposition parties Alliance for Change (AFC) and People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) who made calls for a change in Guyana and calling on President Bharrat Jagdeo and PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar for changes.
There was a police presence and the protestors were behind barriers.
According to sources at the scene, Dr Persaud requested an interview with the protestors. When asked to identify the organisation he represented, he reportedly refused to present proper identification and started to mock the gathering.
The police found him behaving in a disorderly manner and handcuffed him when he tried to wriggle out of the situation by providing the arresting ranks with a wrong name.

http://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2011/05/10/dr-randy-persaud-begs-judge-for-a-chance/

Minister of Health Dr Leslie Ramsammy linked to drug lord Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan

May 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan was probably the most complete criminal in this country’s history. His guilty plea for trafficking in cocaine, witness tampering and gun running last March has robbed the nation of the detailed exposure of his criminal networks and relationships and leaves lots of questions unanswered.

Shaheed ‘Roger’ KhanShaheed ‘Roger’ Khan

Special Agent Cassandra Jackson of the United States Drug Enforcement Adminis-tration said it all. In her affidavit to support the charges against Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan, she told a Federal court in Brooklyn that “Khan was ultimately able to control the cocaine industry in Guyana, in large part, because he was backed by a paramilitary squad that would murder, threaten, and intimidate others at Khan’s directive. Khan’s enforcers committed violent acts and murders on Khan’s orders that were directly in furtherance of Khan’s drug trafficking conspiracy.”
Drugs

According to Jackson, the US Government’s case was to establish that Khan was the leader of a “violent drug trafficking organisation” and that he and his co-conspirators obtained large quantities of cocaine and then imported the cocaine into the Eastern District of New York and other places for further distribution.

It was while he was managing his drug-smuggling business in neighbouring Suriname that the

Dr Leslie RamsammyDr Leslie Ramsammy

law finally caught up with Khan. At home in Guyana, Khan seemed to enjoy a charmed existence of immunity from arrest and prosecution. His mistake, however, was to enter Suriname − a more law-abiding jurisdiction. There, his cocaine-constructed house of cards collapsed with his dramatic arrest in Paramaribo.

Suriname’s Minister of Justice Chandrikapersad Santokhi announced on 15th June 2006 that four Guyanese − Shaheed Khan, Sean Belfield, Lloyd Roberts and Paul Rodrigues − were among 12 persons arrested in a law-enforcement operation which netted 213 kg of cocaine. Two weeks later on 29th June, Khan was flown out of Johann Pengel International Airport, Paramaribo, on a Suriname Airways flight to Trinidad and Tobago. He was then handed over to immigration authorities upon arrival who then handed him over to US officials. Less than 24 hours after being expelled from Suriname, Khan was arraigned at the Brooklyn Federal Court in New York on 30th June on a charge of “conspiring to import cocaine” and was ordered to be detained at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn.

Khan’s arrest showed the stark contrast in the quality of governance between the two states. Suriname’s Chandrikapersad Santokhi deemed Shaheed Khan a threat to the national security of Guyana and Suriname and other countries and linked him to plots to assassinate government and judicial officials in that country. According to Santokhi, international agencies, including those in the USA, had been looking for him. On the other hand, Guyana’s Minister of Home Affairs at the time Gail Teixeira formally indicated to Suriname that the government had “no interest” in seeking Khan’s return at that time.

Chairman of the Central Intelligence Committee Dr Roger Luncheon added preposterously that

Robert SimmelsRobert Simmels

the Guyana Government could find “no compelling evidence” for Khan to be investigated. The administration, in fact, seemed more concerned about the modalities of Khan’s arrest than the atrocities of his crimes. Luncheon verbalized the administration’s concerns by iterating “its principled objection to the forceful and unlawful removal of its citizen across jurisdictions.”

The beginning of the end of Khan’s criminal career as Guyana’s most notorious drug-smuggler might have been the publication of the US Department of State’s Inter-national Narcotics Control Strategy Report for 2005 which was released in March 2006. The report for the first time named Khan and stated in part:

“Drug traffickers appear to be gaining a significant foothold in Guyana’s timber industry. In 2005, The Guyana Forestry Commission granted a State Forest Exploratory Permit for a large tract of land in Guyana’s interior to Aurelius Inc., a company controlled by known drug trafficker Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan. Such concessions in the remote interior may allow drug traffickers to establish autonomous outposts beyond the reach of Guyanese law enforcement.”

The publication of the Report not only froze the forestry transaction but also sent a signal to the security forces to go after Khan while the President and the Head of the Presidential Secretariat were out of the country at the same time. Enforcement operations against Khan’s associates and properties were aided by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ronald WaddellRonald Waddell

Death squads

Khan was often accompanied by serving or former policemen, usually from the dreaded Target Special Squad. When he was arrested in Suriname, Paul Rodrigues, Lloyd Roberts and Sean Belfield were at his side. Indeed, Khan made no attempt to conceal his activities and his connections with the authorities. In a gratuitous display of hubris, he published a whole-page ‘Statement’ in the newspapers on 12th May 2006 boasting that “During the crime spree in 2002, I worked closely with the crime-fighting sections of the Guyana Police Force and provided them with assistance and information at my own expense. My participation was instrumental in curbing crime during this period.”

Indeed, he seemed deeply involved in some sort of savage, shadowy activity when, on Wednesday 4th December 2002, a Guyana Defence Force patrol in the area of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, intercepted and searched a vehicle which contained an arsenal of weapons. The three-man hunting party discovered in the vicinity of the vehicle were Khan himself, Haroon Yahya and Sean Belfield, then a serving member of the Police Force. The cache included M-16 assault rifles with night vision devices; Uzi sub-machine gun with silencer; Glock 9mm pistols; 12-gauge shotgun; other small calibre weapons; bullet-proof vests; helmets; a computer and other electronic gadgetry with digitised electronic maps and plans of Georgetown and certain targetted East Coast villages.

As a vital part of the death squad’s operations, Khan was allowed to acquire intercept equipment which enabled him to listen to the conversations and determine the locations of his intended victims. Peter Myers, Co-director of the UK firm Smith Myers recently testified in court that the cellular intercept equipment used by Khan had been sold to the Guyana Government. Meyers identified the intercept equipment − including an intercept receiver and two laptops − and confirmed that it was sold by the company’s Florida sales office through the Fort Lauderdale-based Spy Shop to the Guyana Government. Testimony was led to the effect that Minister of Health Dr Leslie Ramsammy had purchased the equipment on behalf of the Guyana Government and that Carl Chapman, a representative of Smith Myers Communi-cations, had travelled to Guyana to train Khan in its use. Both the administration and Ramsammy strongly denied having any connection with the equipment.

Khan’s boast that he masterminded the suppression of the Troubles on the East Coast by using his own “resources” should not be regarded as an expression of altruism. What motive other than murder would one have with a wagonload of weapons in the dead of night? What drug-smuggler would not attempt to expand his market, extend his turf and eliminate his rivals? Khan might have posed as a self-proclaimed law enforcer but in fact waged his own drug-driven gang war. At this time, Ronald Gajraj was Minister of Home Affairs and Floyd McDonald was Commissioner of Police, both of whom had their USA visas suspended.

The period of ‘the Troubles’ on the East Coast is regarded as the most bloody phase in Guyana’s post-Independence history, during which dozens of men were shot to death or even disappeared. Of the numerous victims of violence, it became impossible to determine exactly who were the assailants and what were their motives. Who stood to gain from the execution of the deputy head of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit Vibert Inniss, the kidnapping of entrepreneur Brahmanand Nandalall, the murder of businessman Harry Rambarran, the attempted murder of the Director of Public Prosecution Denis Hanoman-Singh and the ‘Diwali massacre’ in Bourda? Could these crimes have been perpetrated by one or several competing cartels to expand their territory or to eliminate their enemies? There are more questions than answers!

George Bacchus, a self-confessed member of the death quad first made public evidence of the squad’s crimes and the possible involvement of high government officials. A Presidential Commission of Inquiry was established to investigate whether Minister of Home Affairs Ronald Gajraj was “involved in promoting, directing or otherwise engaged in activities which have involved the extra-judicial killing of persons.” The inquiry found, however, that there was no credible evidence against him. Owing to the limited nature of the inquiry, uncounted assassinations, executions, murders and extra-judicial killings remained unsolved and largely uninvestigated. In the final analysis, civil society, the public and aggrieved relatives boycotted the Inquiry after the star witness George Bacchus was shot dead in his bed at home. No evidence was led to incriminate the minister.

Both Gajraj and Mc Donald had left their key security posts by February 2004. Gail Teixeira was acting as Minister of Home Affairs and Winston Felix had been appointed Commissioner of Police. Under Felix, the special squad which had been accused of numerous extra-judicial killings and racketeering and was suspected of collaborating with Khan, was dismantled and many of its members dismissed. Khan, however, was rich enough to retain relations with most of the squad’s most notorious members who were taken into his employ as bodyguards, informants and more.

Selwyn Vaughn, another self-confessed former member of the death squad, recently provided fresh testimony of Khan’s involvement in murder. Vaughn testified that Khan ordered the execution of Ronald Waddell, an anti-Government talk-show host, at his home in Subryanville. Immediately after the murder, Khan is said to have reported the incident to Dr Leslie Ramsammy, Minister of Health.  The US Government had also accused Khan of executing Donald Allison outside his home in Agricola and Dave Persaud outside the Palm Court Restaurant in Georgetown.

Khan felt threatened when the joint GDF-GPF operations targetted his businesses in 2006. He decided to strike back by releasing recordings to media houses of telephone conversations purportedly involving the Commissioner of Police Winston Felix. In a typical example of Guyana-style governance, the administration seized the opportunity not to prosecute Khan the felon who admitted distributing the recording, but to persecute Felix, its own commissioner. Khan was elated and claimed that, in releasing the recordings, he was acting to “expose, identify and curb corruption and incompetence” in the police force.

The confrontation continued with the Police Force publishing a ‘wanted bulletin’ for Khan. He disappeared from view but took to issuing statements through his lawyers and sponsoring advertisements in the press in which he contended ludicrously that he was perceived by persons in the USA, the Police Force, the Defence Force and the People’s National Congress party as someone who had the will and capacity to fight crime and to protect the people of Guyana against a coup d’état.
Dirty money

Khan’s criminal enterprise was financed with dirty money earned from drug-smuggling. The US government charged that a significant amount of the cocaine dispatched by Khan went to the Eastern District of New York for further distribution. As an example, it cited a Guyanese drug trafficking organisation − the Queens Cartel − based in Queens, New York, which it said was supplied by Khan and was said to have distributed hundreds of kilogrammes of cocaine. Khan is believed to have laundered his drug-smuggling profits through banks in New York through the “Queen’s Cartel” to which he supplied cocaine.

Arnold and Sabrina Budhram, accused of being Khan’s co-conspirators, were arrested and charged with money laundering in April 2004 and their home and offices were searched by investigators who gathered a large amount of evidential material. According to court documents, a handwritten “money and drug ledger” found their home and bank records indicated that in 2001, a company associated with the Budhrams transferred money to a bank account in the name of Khan’s wife and child.

At home in Guyana, the extent of Roger Khan’s interests and properties became evident only when the Defence Force and the Police Force launched their joint `Operation Centipede’ in March 2006. By that time, the security situation had taken a turn for the worst.  Glenn Hanoman who is one of Khan’s lawyers, confirmed that his client entered the property business when he developed a housing scheme at Good Hope, East Coast Demerara, by building over 100 houses. Soon afterwards, Khan purchased a large expanse of land at Blankenburg, West Coast Demerara, where he built his second housing scheme, called the Hibiscus Scheme. Khan then embarked on the construction of a third scheme, at New Hope on the East Bank of Demerara. Khan then launched a fourth housing scheme at Farm, also on the East Bank.  Khan is also proprietor of a timber company on Kaow Island and had interests in several night clubs and other enterprises.
Downfall

Khan was a crook. At all material times over the past 15 years, Khan’s criminal record was public knowledge. His criminal career began with a conviction in January 1992 in Montgomery County, USA, for breaking and entering and theft. While he was on probation for that offence, he was arrested in Burlington, Vermont, for receiving and possessing firearms while being a convicted felon. He was subsequently indicted and was released on bail in November 1993 but fled the jurisdiction to Guyana in 1994 in order to avoid prosecution. Despite being a felon and a fugitive from the law, he was able to move about Guyana with impunity and acquire property.

When asked to explain how such a crook was able to purchase public land that was put up for sale by the Guyana Sugar Corporation, President Jagdeo answered “Unless you have a conviction against a person, then you can’t say you can’t tender for public land.” The fact is that everyone knew that Khan was already a convict when he bought the properties!

Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan was one of the most complete criminals in Guyana’s history. He acquired vast properties, recruited serving police officers, ordered executions, imported and exported cocaine, laundered millions of dollars, possessed specialised intercept equipment and armed himself with a wide assortment of handguns and ammunition. All of this was possible only because of his special relationship with the Guyana Government. He enjoyed immunity from an indulgent administration and compliant law enforcement agencies. Even now, the administration has made no attempt to conduct official inquiries nor has the police force attempted to bring Khan and his well-known accomplices to justice.

His successful application to United States District Court Judge Dora L Irizarry to plead guilty to trafficking in 150 kilogrammes of cocaine, witness tampering and gun-running, is an anti-climax to a callous criminal career. He will go to jail for a few years but will leave many questions unanswered.

Jagdeo’s gov’t has pushed the PPP aside and is working against the legacy of Dr Jagan

May 9, 2011 Leave a comment

I spent over 30 of the best years of my life fighting against the PNC dictatorship and defending the PPP and Dr. Jagan’s legacy. All of my family lives overseas but I resisted pressure from them to migrate and remained here. I was beaten and jailed on numerous occasions. Because of my critical attitude and an independent mind I was never given the push like some of the newcomers who in a very short time and with practically no sacrifice are now in the Central Committee and in the executive of the PPP.

We created through propaganda the stalwart image for Bharrat Jagdeo but today his government has pushed the PPP aside and is working in an anti working class manner and against the legacy of Dr. Cheddi Jagan who must be turning over in his grave.

Please take the following that I have written into consideration as it is up to you to ensure that this country is placed back on the path envisaged by Cde Cheddi. I support Moses to be the presidential candidate. I am aware that Moses is by far the most popular choice and best candidate for the Presidential candidate. Ralph would have also been an acceptable choice for change to return the PPP to Dr Jagan’s vision.

However we have witnessed the vulgar manipulation by Jagdeo, Ramotar and others in the Executive and Central Committee that resulted in the selection of Ramotar as the Presidential Candidate. The greatest insult was when they came and asked the members to rubber stamp the undemocratic process.

The present cabal defends any criticism of their anti working class policies, by pointing at what happened under the PNC. This is not only ridiculous but absolutely unacceptable. Even as we grant the first term as having to deal with pre ’92 destruction of our economy and social structure and infrastructure; and recognize the “lean and clean” government of Dr. Cheddi Jagan, today [about] thirteen years later we are witnessing the growing impoverishment of our people, the growing corruption, the growing self-enrichment of a small section of the PPP leadership.

We can no longer blame the stringent measures imposed by the IMF deal since it has ended. But the Jagdeo government, and Donald Ramotar want to continue this way, and they seem bent on pursuing the same path that has had such an adverse effect on the working class, small farmers and the professionals, impoverishing them and this generates a huge gap between the haves and the haves not, in betrayal of the PPP’s stated ideology and Cheddi Jagan’s legacy. The drive for self-enrichment is apparently insatiable

The members of the Committee for the Re-election of President Hoyte (CREEP), who we were taught to revile, are now the best friends of the big ones in government and seem to be given all the opportunities to become richer. Prime lands are being given away to them and they are the President’s newly acquired friends. They shout “grow more food” but no new lands have been developed for the small farmers and the existing farmlands have been neglected and have caused all farming production to plummet.

The CREEPs are being hugged in public, while members of the PPP who were in the trenches and made tremendous sacrifices for decades are being shunted aside, and seem unable to even gain audience with the present ministers who with inflated egos and heads swollen with arrogance strut around the country like giants.

We have been force-fed with the idea that education can save us, but we have seen thousands graduate from high school with no jobs available. There is no proper employment or development plan as we produce thousands of graduates in fields where we have no jobs available. The President and the Civic Education Ministers did/do not see themselves to be blamed in that they should have seen to it that our education system was restructured to produce engineers and math and science teachers. Except for marginal progress in the area of infrastructure which is however riddled with corruption, there has been no real qualitative change to cater for the needs of Guyana and provide a diversified work force to ensure Guyana’s development.

Look at the fantastic tax allowances and duty-free concessions given to the President’s cronies but in reality no parents are given relief. The children of the poor, especially, suffer as there is no allowance for them. How could the parents put them through school properly? We need to reintroduce a progressive tax regime, or some form of subsidy for each child going to school – in fact for each child, in cases where the income of the parent is below a certain level. In any event, I need to emphasise that the burden of taxes on the employed is oppressive.

Small businesses are catching hell. The private sector has serious economic, cultural restraints reducing its effectiveness to create jobs and ensure development. Unfortunately Dr. Jagan’s ideas of a tri-sectoral economy have been cast aside, in addition to other aspects of his legacy lost within the shout “Jagan lives!” The cooperatives set up in the days of Jagan strived, however this sector which can assist in the alleviation of poverty has been deemphasized.

Jagan’s legacy and commitment to the interest of the working class and farmers continue to be thrown to the dogs by the government. We have to make some hard but necessary choices with regard to the PPP if we want to ensure a future for the children of Guyana. It seems that it has only retained the name but has lost the real working class commitment of Dr Cheddi.

Moses was hit. Moses got second at a previous congress and was left out of the executive. He definitely got a resounding yes from the vast majority of delegates at the last congress and again he was left out. O’Lall was dealt with and he died. Recently Navin Chandarpal was dealt with. Indra Chandarpal, who as a young PPP girl was arrested with her sister and taken to the lock up in their sleeping clothes, was literally chased out of the Cabinet.

Various senior members of the PPP have accepted that I was given a raw deal because I am usually critical of the way things are done at internal forums. Because I was critical the President dealt with me just like Burnham did and terminated my employment.

It is now left to see if Ralph would sail away into the deep blue sea, or rise like a true revolutionary to fight another day. One thing is for sure I cannot see him supporting this cabal not after his published criticisms of the corruption among other things.  In addition there are many in the PPP that are well respected. We are waiting to see if they will stay on the band wagon in their self interest or stand up to regain the rights of the ordinary man.

The people of Guyana, the vast majority of poor of all races have to commence appreciating that they occupy a common economic marginalization. They must look at each other and recognize that they are a force to be reckoned with. They must commence to support themselves in unity and address their marginalization with a united front that should exclude the present PPP and PNC cabal.

Progressive PPP and PNC leaders and members have to review their position of support for these undemocratic forces and unite to save our beloved Guyana.

I cannot close without mentioning another son of Jagan and Guyana. Moses! Time will tell if he would come forth and lead the working people of Guyana or remain in the wilderness. He made claims to the fact that Jagan mentioned him as a possible successor and so many see him as that. He will decide whether he will act to ensure Cheddi Jagan’s legacy lives or allow it to be interred with his bones as he and the people of this country witness the blatant betrayal of lean, mean and clean among other aspects of Jagan’s legacy.

Yours faithfully,
Rajendra Bissessar

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Bharrat Jagdeo