President Granger at AFC Headquarters launch: Coalition Politics Here to Stay

MOTP, JAN 30 --- Georgetown, Guyana – (January 30, 2016) Demonstrating the strength of the relationship between the parties of the APNU+AFC Coalition Government, President David Granger attended the Commissioning of the Alliance for Change (AFC) Headquarters in Kitty, this afternoon. The Head of State, who is also leader of the APNU+AFC Coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and his party, the People's National Congress (PNC), declared that coalition politics is important for the development of Guyana.

President Grander said that the Commissioning of the AFC Headquarters is a step in concretising the structure and work of the party but that it is not just the AFC that is here to stay but "Coalition politics, cooperation politics, collaboration politics are also here to stay."

Noting that February 14 will mark one year since the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord, President Granger said that transformative event ushered in a new day for Guyana and embodied the importance of a united country for national development.

"I do believe that the establishment of this Coalition, of which the AFC is a critical part, is a step towards creating that national unity... Guyana is the most bountiful, the most beautiful country in the Caribbean and our failure to develop our resources, to make our people happier, has largely been a failure of national unity," he said.

The Head of State opined that even as Guyana gets ready to celebrate 50 years of Independence, the nation has lagged behind other countries in the region, which have fewer resources. He posited that this is because they have been able to develop a sense of internal cohesion, a sense of solidarity and a sense of nationhood to combine the energies of their people, rather than fighting among themselves.

President Granger said that the establishment of the Coalition is about the future and it is about ensuring that the diverse peoples of the nation have a voice in Government, since despite our differences, we all want the same thing; a good life.

"Within the Coalition, we do not seek to obliterate the view of any component. It is our commitment as a coalition to make sure that the people will always come first above personal interest, even above party interest. We have been able to create a vision for Guyana in which the national interest will prevail.

Co-Founder of the AFC and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan reminisced about the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord at the house of President Granger, who was Opposition Leader at the time, and noted that in time all the promises in the Coalition's Manifesto will be delivered.

"We have made mistakes that we must be held accountable for it but it has been wonderful; this journey... Since we have formed this movement, we have said we want national unity; we want justice; we want equality; we want to make Guyana number one in the Caribbean and we will make it through this Coalition politics, through the partnership that we have with the APNU," he said.

Chairman of the AFC, Nigel Hughes, who spoke on the principles and ideologies of this party, echoed the sentiments of national unity.

"We are all equal in the fact that we are all different. We are same in the fact that we will never be the same. We are united by the reality that all colours and all cultures are distinct and individual. We are harmonious in the reality that we are all held to this earth by the same gravity. We may not share the same blood but we share the same air that keeps us alive," Mr. Hughes said.

The AFC Headquarters has been named the Centre for Change and is located at 26 Railway Line Kitty. The facility's conference room has been named for the late Co-Founder of the party, Ms. Sheila Holder, who was remembered in tribute by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Ms. Catherine Hughes.

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Prashad posted:

The Afc may be chase out of every East Indian community in Guyana next election.

And how did you come to that deduction? East Indians like me have been betrayed by the PPP over and over again. Unless you are a canecutter or rice farmer the PPP just doesn't want to listen to you. When the coke money was flying about the PPP only grabbed it for themselves. I am seriously thinking of asking Gerhard to join me in trying to take over the AFC and dump all the PPP old guard who parked themselves there. We two half coolies half Germans are from families who have farmed the land and know what efficiency and profitability looks like. The PPP only knows what thieving looks like.

Chief posted:

Congratulations to the AFC on our new building.

Long live The AFC!

Long live the Coalition!

A big mouthed clown you are know how to spout shyte to the Guyanese people from 3000 miles away safely tucked in your fallafel van in NY!!

Gilbakka posted:


Co-Founder of the AFC and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan reminisced about the signing of the Cummingsburg Accord at the house of President Granger, who was Opposition Leader at the time, and noted that in time all the promises in the Coalition's Manifesto will be delivered.

"We have made mistakes that we must be held accountable for it but it has been wonderful; this journey... Since we have formed this movement, we have said we want national unity; we want justice; we want equality; we want to make Guyana number one in the Caribbean and we will make it through this Coalition politics, through the partnership that we have with the APNU," he said.

Wonderful for who, the 1% who made themselves fat cats in a few short months?  The AFC will be accommodated as lond as they tow the line and allow real power to be wielded by the PNC fat cats.  Let them deviate, they will be tossed in a corner like a wet cat!!

Bibi Haniffa posted:

Since when the PNC change dem name to AFC?  A pig by any other name smell just as stink!!  

Agree ... 

When Granger driving around the City / Country, the security details that accompany him is unbelievable. It's similar to what Moses did in NYC. 

Don't forget this president is from Burnham days, the life style will continue. 

I wouldn't be surprised if he don't show up at the Zoo and order his special animal for lunch .

When Jagdeo and Ramotar was moving around, you hardly notice the security details. 

 

ian posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:

Since when the PNC change dem name to AFC?  A pig by any other name smell just as stink!!  

Agree ... 

When Granger driving around the City / Country, the security details that accompany him is unbelievable. It's similar to what Moses did in NYC. 

Don't forget this president is from Burnham days, the life style will continue. 

I wouldn't be surprised if he don't show up at the Zoo and order his special animal for lunch .

When Jagdeo and Ramotar was moving around, you hardly notice the security details. 

 

The hallmark of a military junta!!

Mr.T posted:
Prashad posted:

The Afc may be chase out of every East Indian community in Guyana next election.

And how did you come to that deduction? East Indians like me have been betrayed by the PPP over and over again. Unless you are a canecutter or rice farmer the PPP just doesn't want to listen to you. When the coke money was flying about the PPP only grabbed it for themselves. I am seriously thinking of asking Gerhard to join me in trying to take over the AFC and dump all the PPP old guard who parked themselves there. We two half coolies half Germans are from families who have farmed the land and know what efficiency and profitability looks like. The PPP only knows what thieving looks like.

Are you fo real, you now claim you are East Indians. The bai say the only farming you did was planting Marijuana in Linden and the profit you thief it out and ran to UK. 

You want justice, them bai a wait fo you rass in Guyana. 

Gilbakka posted:

NEW AFC HQ

I thought this is a coalition government and yet they are building DIVIDED Houses, PNC house , WPA house, AFC house on and on , If you can't build unity within, how can you ask the PPP to UNITE. Something is wrong, it tell me this coalition is temporary.

kp posted:
Gilbakka posted:

NEW AFC HQ

I thought this is a coalition government and yet they are building DIVIDED Houses, PNC house , WPA house, AFC house on and on , If you can't build unity within, how can you ask the PPP to UNITE. Something is wrong, it tell me this coalition is temporary.

Coalition does not mean "merger".

Gilbakka posted:
kp posted:
Gilbakka posted:

NEW AFC HQ

I thought this is a coalition government and yet they are building DIVIDED Houses, PNC house , WPA house, AFC house on and on , If you can't build unity within, how can you ask the PPP to UNITE. Something is wrong, it tell me this coalition is temporary.

Coalition does not mean "merger".

In Guyana, Coalition means TEMPORARY Alliance.  An agreement whereby one party secedes power from another in an effort to create a dictatorship - PNC style.  Ask Peter D'Aguiar, he guh tell you what Coalition mean!!!!

Bibi Haniffa posted:
Gilbakka posted:
kp posted:
Gilbakka posted:

NEW AFC HQ

I thought this is a coalition government and yet they are building DIVIDED Houses, PNC house , WPA house, AFC house on and on , If you can't build unity within, how can you ask the PPP to UNITE. Something is wrong, it tell me this coalition is temporary.

Coalition does not mean "merger".

In Guyana, Coalition means TEMPORARY Alliance.  An agreement whereby one party secedes power from another in an effort to create a dictatorship - PNC style.  Ask Peter D'Aguiar, he guh tell you what Coalition mean!!!!

Gil is a bit confused.

Only the other day, he was warning about how Granger would kick out AFC and Moses like a game of chess.

His mind is like a clock.

Former member of the AFC Asquith Rose thinks the AFC is breading its last breath. What have they delivered so far for their supporters. Ten positions for the fat cats. Everyone else is told be got you covered with solar panels. Their North American friends are squabbling and scrambling for a few golden jubilee crumbs. Their Indian supporters are afraid to come home because of the escalating crime especially directed at foreigners and Indians in particular. Moses and Rumjattan country supporters are in distress over rice and Guysuco whipping from the colation. AFC supporters are primarily country bumpkins so why AFC Head Quarters in Kitty. It's just a gimmick because the PNC/APNU will be the inheritors. Where is the fat cat Moses? Don't see him in the pic.

yuji22 posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:
Gilbakka posted:
kp posted:

I thought this is a coalition government and yet they are building DIVIDED Houses, PNC house , WPA house, AFC house on and on , If you can't build unity within, how can you ask the PPP to UNITE. Something is wrong, it tell me this coalition is temporary.

Coalition does not mean "merger".

In Guyana, Coalition means TEMPORARY Alliance.  An agreement whereby one party secedes power from another in an effort to create a dictatorship - PNC style.  Ask Peter D'Aguiar, he guh tell you what Coalition mean!!!!

Gil is a bit confused.

Only the other day, he was warning about how Granger would kick out AFC and Moses like a game of chess.

His mind is like a clock.

@Bibi & yuji22: Context. Context. Context.

kp is arguing that the coalition does not need a "PNC house, WPA house, AFC house on and on" which indicate that "they are building DIVIDED Houses."

In that context, I have pointed out that the coalition parties have not merged into one party. You can infer that they must retain their separate headquarters, whether or not the coalition is a "TEMPORARY Alliance".

 

Django posted:
Mars posted:
Gman posted:

Former member of the AFC Asquith Rose thinks the AFC is breading its last breath. 

How does a political organization bread its last breath? AFC is not a bakery.

LOL

first for the day.

They  are running short of dough.

Bibi Haniffa posted:
Gilbakka posted:
kp posted:
Gilbakka posted:

NEW AFC HQ

I thought this is a coalition government and yet they are building DIVIDED Houses, PNC house , WPA house, AFC house on and on , If you can't build unity within, how can you ask the PPP to UNITE. Something is wrong, it tell me this coalition is temporary.

Coalition does not mean "merger".

In Guyana, Coalition means TEMPORARY Alliance.  An agreement whereby one party secedes power from another in an effort to create a dictatorship - PNC style.  Ask Peter D'Aguiar, he guh tell you what Coalition mean!!!!

Correct.

Granger is a Burnham student and has his two Butlers Moses and Rumjattan who are the modern day Peter D'Aguiars. History is repeating itself.

Here is the Proof:

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And remember this, Granger's Butler, Moses is afraid of the PNC backlash if he lays a wreath at Dr. Jagan's memorial.

Grangers the other hand can openly lay a wreath at his hero's (Burnham) memorial site.

That's the difference between a Owner and a Butler.

yuji22 posted:
Bibi Haniffa posted:
Gilbakka posted:
kp posted:
Gilbakka posted:

NEW AFC HQ

I thought this is a coalition government and yet they are building DIVIDED Houses, PNC house , WPA house, AFC house on and on , If you can't build unity within, how can you ask the PPP to UNITE. Something is wrong, it tell me this coalition is temporary.

Coalition does not mean "merger".

In Guyana, Coalition means TEMPORARY Alliance.  An agreement whereby one party secedes power from another in an effort to create a dictatorship - PNC style.  Ask Peter D'Aguiar, he guh tell you what Coalition mean!!!!

Correct.

Granger is a Burnham student and has his two Butlers Moses and Rumjattan who are the modern day Peter D'Aguiars. History is repeating itself.

 

David A. Granger

 
 
David A. Granger
D. Granger.jpg
 
President of Guyana
Assumed office
16 May 2015
Prime MinisterMoses Nagamootoo
Preceded byDonald Ramotar
Personal details
BornDavid Arthur Granger
15 July 1945 (age 70)
Georgetown, British Guiana(now Guyana)
Political partyPeople's National Congress
Other political
affiliations
A Partnership for National Unity
Spouse(s)Sandra Granger
Children2
Military service
Allegiance Guyana
Years of service1965–1992
RankBrigadier

Brigadier David Arthur Granger (born 15 July 1945) is a Guyanese politician and retired military officer who has been President of Guyana since 2015. He served for a time as Commander of the Guyana Defence Force and subsequently as National Security Adviser from 1990 to 1992. He was Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly of Guyana from 2012 to 2015.

Granger stood as the opposition coalition's presidential candidate in the November 2011 general election, but was defeated. He was elected as President in the May 2015 general election

Career[edit]

Born in Georgetown, David Granger attended Queen’s College, Guyana's elite and prestigious school, like the former PresidentsForbes Burnham, Cheddi Jagan, Samuel Hinds, Hamilton Green and scholars like Walter Rodney and Rupert Roopnaraine. After leaving Queen’s College, where he was a member of the Queen’s College Cadet Corps, Granger joined the GDF as an officer cadet in 1965, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1966. He received his professional military training at the Army Command and Staff College in Nigeria; the Jungle Warfare Instruction Centre in Brazil; and the School of Infantry and the Mons Officer Cadet School, respectively, in the United Kingdom.

He trained in Britain, then Brazil, then Nigeria, and eventually became commander of the Guyana Defence Force in 1979; he was promoted to the rank of brigadier. Granger was appointed as National Security Advisor to the President in 1990[1] and retired from the military service in 1992.[2]

Granger founded the Guyana Review news magazine in 1992 and served as its Managing Editor. He has researched and published on military, historical and media themes, and is also the author of Guyana's state media: the quest for control, and A Preliminary Study of Women Soldiers in the Anglophone Caribbean. David A. Granger spent the 1995–1996 academic year as a Hubert H. Humphrey/Fulbright Fellow at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.[citation needed]

In 2010, he made a successful bid to be elected as the presidential candidate of the People’s National Congress–Reform for theNovember 2011 general election.[3][4] Standing as the opposition coalition's presidential candidate, Granger was defeated by Donald Ramotar. He was unanimously elected as Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly on 16 January 2012.[5]

Granger stood again as the presidential candidate of the opposition coalition, APNUAFC, in the 11 May 2015 general election. The coalition secured the majority of votes, and Granger was sworn in as President of Guyana on 16 May 2015.[6]

Education[edit]

Granger is a graduate of the University of Guyana, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees; the University of the West Indies, where he received his post-graduate Diploma in International Relations; and the University of Maryland, where he was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow.[citation needed]

He also attended the Urban Policy Development Workshop at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Defense Planning and Resource Management course at the National Defense University, Washington DC; and the Counter-Terrorism Educators’ Workshop at the Joint Special Operations, University, Florida, USA.[citation needed]

Commander[edit]

 
David Granger

Granger is a former Commander of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), and National Security Adviser to President Hoyte. He received his military training at the Mons Officer Cadet School, and the School of Infantry in the United Kingdom; the Jungle Warfare Instruction Centre in Brazil, and the Army Command and Staff College in Nigeria. He was a member of several defence and security agencies. He held the chairmanship of the Central Intelligence Committee; co-chairmanship of the Border and National Security Committee; and was a member of the Guyana Defence Board, National Drug Law Enforcement Committee, and the Disciplined Forces Commission. David Granger has served in several public organisations.[citation needed]

Academic/Historian[edit]

He was elected to the presidencies of the History Society, the Guyana Heritage Society, the University of Guyana Guild of Graduates; and the Guyana Chess Federation. He is also a former member of the University of Guyana Council, Association of Caribbean Historians, Caribbean Studies Association, Guyana Press Association, Guyana Book Foundation, and is currently a member of the Guyana Legion and the Board of Trustees of the Guyana Veterans Foundation.[citation needed]

Published Author[edit]

Granger has written extensively on national defence and public security issues. He is the author of National Defence: A Brief History of the Guyana Defence Force, 1965 – 2005; Public Security: Criminal Violence and Policing in Guyana; and Public Policy: The Crisis of Governance in Guyana.[citation needed]

He has also written several monographs, including Five Thousand Day War: The Struggle for Haiti’s Independence, 1789 – 1804; The British Guiana Volunteer Force, 1948 – 1966; The Guyana National Service, 1974 – 2000; The Guyana People’s Militia, 1976 – 1997; The Queen’s College Cadet Corps, 1889 – 1975; Guyana’s Coinage, 1808 – 2008; The Era of Enslavement, 1638 – 1838; and The Village Movement, 1839 – 1889.[citation needed]

He is co-editor, with Winston McGowan and James Rose, of Themes in African–Guyanese History, and is former publisher of the Guyana Review and Emancipation magazines.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

 
David Granger with President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff in 2015

Granger has received various academic awards, including the President’s Medal for the best graduating student; Dennis Irvine Prize for the student who has made the greatest contribution to all cultural life of the University; Council of the University Prize; Elsa Goveia Medal of Excellence; Guy de Weever History Prize; Earl Attlee History Prize; Mary Noel Menezes Award for History; Department of History Prize and others, from the University of Guyana.[citation needed]

He also hold three national awards: the Military Efficiency Medal (1976), the Military Service Medal (1981), and the Military Service Star(1985) for distinguished military service.[citation needed]

kp posted:

Coalition is a merger of one or more political parties to form ONE, then given the advantage for such one party to form government. Yes, this can be temporary.

That is correct, Guyana may have more coalition government in the future,it will be tough for the PPP and PNC to win and form a gov't,any way the constitution need to be changed from the current method of electing the President,so any other parties can choose to collate after the elections.

ksazma posted:
Only a few months and the AFC has already outgrown their previous headquarters. The PPP all their years at Freedom House can't top that.

Had the PPP done something like that we would have been hearing about thieving.

They are dead quite when they put up a brand new HQ worth millions.

That is no small change for a so called small man party. 

cain posted:

YEP, GOOD TING PPP LOST!

Bai Cain. The PPP lost the election waaayyyyyy back in May. 9 months later and this is still all you have to cheer about. This current government has failed to give you something new to cheer about.

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