Remembering Sheema Mangar
Read by Gerhard Ramsaroop, AFC Executive Member
September 11th is an important day for us as Guyanese to remember because it was the day on which a young life was snuffed out in a most disgusting way. Of course, we are speaking of young Ms Sheema Mangar.
What is even more tragic about her death is that there has been no justice in this case. Her case is emblematic of all that is wrong with this country. It is also representative of how many other youngsters have lost their lives with no justice in sight. There is Alicea Foster and young Ricky Jainarine, just 10 years old. It would be a travesty to mention these cases and not mention the Lindo Creek Massacre, which are all high profile cases that are screaming for justice in this country.
Someone has to know what happened here. Someone must know who committed these crimes but no one to date has come forward with any evidence, nor have the police been able to solve these murders. Why? The answer is fairly simple; the PPP has failed to invest in our men and women in uniform. We continue to pay policemen and women meagre salaries of $45,000 dollars per month, while in contrast we pay political operatives over $800,000 dollars per month.
With this government you cannot take anything for granted, not even democracy. We should hold these cases and the neglect of our security in this country at the forefront of our minds when we go to the polls, hopefully this year. For a change in this country we need to start holding elected officials responsible for their lack of performance.
As a previous US Ambassador aptly put it the current Minister of Home Affairs is a horseman of inertia. If foreigners can detect this and our leaders refuse to, what does that tell us? It is not that they don’t know this. It is that they just don't care and we need to elect people who give a damn in this country.
Vote for justice for Sheema Mangar, Ricky Jainarine, Alicia Foster, the Lindo Creek victims and all other victims of crime in Guyana, and also give our policemen and women a chance to be paid better, trained better and equipped better. VOTE AFC 2011.