Acknowledging Crowd: Look at you today: a sea of humanity. You are beautiful for your loyalty to this party. You are truly deserving to be the children and grandchildren of Cheddi Jagan.

You are the reasons why I am back.

For an entire generation, you have struggled under the flag of this party. You have sacrificed for the great cause of this party for freedom and a decent and happy life. You have suffered with this party in the troubled times, and through the crises of floods and crime. Yet, you have not walked from this party. My inner morality is based on profound respect for your struggles, sacrifices and sufferings, and that is why I am back with the PPP.

For me, the PPP is not only my political party. It is my extended family – the family of Cheddi Jagan. And though we have differences, and we occasionally quarreled, and sometimes walk away – the PPP is always home.

A son may walk away from home, but he always returns.

I AM BACK WHERE I HAVE ALWAYS BELONGED – IN THE HOUSE OF CHEDD1 JAGAN. I have refused to join others to betray you or to destroy this home. I refused to be a neemak haram! AND IN THIS HOUSE THERE IS ROOM FOR ALL!

In Cheddi Jagan’s house, there is and must always be room for all races, all ethnicities, all cultures, all beliefs. In Cheddi Jagan’s house, there is room for all shades of opinions, different views and critical analysis.

I AM BACK ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL WITH THE PPP/C BECAUSE THIS IS THE MOTHER OF ALL ELECTIONS. IT IS THE ELECTION THAT WILL DELIVER GUYANA TO THE FUTURE. ELECTIONS BEFORE HAVE BEEN ABOUT FIGHTING COLONIALISM, OR FIGHTING FOR FREE ELECTIONS AND RETIFYING OUR PAST. THIS NEW TERM BRINGS GUYANA A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR ALL OF OUR PEOPLE.

Lack of Vision

Unlike the PPP, which relies on a positive campaign based on its record in government, the PNC took the negative road. It revealed lack of vision, and refused to see the bigger picture.

They became obstructionist, and opposed every move towards holding this election. They even took to the street in protest and promised protest after elections.

In Mexico, the party of Obrador protested against the results after taking part and documenting irregularities. Here, the PNC pronounced the elections to be rigged even before a single ballot has been cast, and wrote to the UN Secretary General to this effect!

The PNC cannot get rigging out of its psyche, out of its nature. The shadows of past have enveloped the PNC to such an extent that it has become insensitive to the feelings of the people.

In the past the only word the PNC knew best was “RIG”. So, they come to you in 2006 and ask the electorate to vote for PNC-RIG. They want you to say “Yes” to PNC-RIG. What do u say? Nooooooooooooo! Not again. Never! Nada! Niet!

Bharrat Jagdeo

When BJ came to office in 1999, he was tested by fire of POLITICAL ARSONISTS WHO SET THE CITY ON FIRE; THEN HE WAS CHALLENGED BY THE CRIMINAL GANG AND THEIR BACKERS. But he arose from the ashes and, like a Phoenix, he emerged victorious in the 2001 elections. He stamped his own style of leadership, one that saw him in the trenches – out in front.

If he was tested by fire, by 2002 he was challenged by terrorism from the prison escapees – the like of which was never seen in this land before. It was brutal, senseless, cold-blooded. Then by floods. Some one told me he was the “Teflon Guy” – water does not penetrate him.

But he stood the test of time, and we now know that he is made of the good stuff. Like MOSES, he parted the flood waters and made this land dry and wholesome again!

Bharrat Jagdeo deserves credit for his leadership. Reward him with a second term. It is always sweeter than the first. He is hard-working and capable. He has his fingers on the pulse of the nation’s problems and, in all cases, he has delivered solutions.

I have watched Bharrat Jagdeo with unbiased eyes. I see in him a good person, who loves his country dearly, who portrays love of all races, love of children and our youth, and concern for the elderly. Moreover, I see in him as a leader with an agenda to push development. I share his broad vision to modernize this country, so we may create more jobs, more opportunities, and raise the standard of living of all.

Party

After the elections, the PPP has to be more responsive to the needs of its supporters, to fight for an equal space for them, to deliver services and care for them.

We must continue to image ourselves after CHEDDI JAGAN – lean and clean, incorruptible, accountable. We must push his agenda for eradication of poverty, for creation of sustainable livelihoods, for accelerated development for Amerindians, for social and ecological justice.

Crime

WE MUST BE UNCOMPROMISING AGAINST CRIME. THOSE WHO LIVE BY THE SWORD MUST DIE BY THE SWORD!

WE BELIEVE IN THE RULE OF LAW, NOT THE RULE OF GUNS. THOSE WHO LIVE OUTSIDE OF THE LAW ARE OUTLAWS. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE ON THE RUN. FOR THEM, THERE CAN BE NO “GREEN GREEN, GRASS OF HOME”.

TO KILLERS, I SAY: YOU EITHER LAY DOWN YOUR GUNS OR BE LAID DOWN BY GUNS.

There are some criminal enterprises in Guyana that are snatching our children from the arms and breasts of their mothers. They are turning them in baby killers. They follow the killer gangs like those in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

THESE MODERN SLAVE CATCHERS MAKE OUR CHILDREN DIE BEFORE THEY KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE A MAN.

ALL RACES, ALL AGES, MALE AND FEMALE, CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY, RICH AND POOR ALIKE, HAVE FALLEN VICTIMS OF MINDLESS AND SADISTIC RAPISTS, BANDITS AND KILLERS.

WE HAVE ALL MOURNED FOR OUR DEAD; WE HAVE ALL CARRIED SCARS OF LOSS AND GRIEF.

THE PEOPLE WITH ONE VOICE THROUGHOUT GUYANA HAVE AT LAST RISEN UP AND ARE SAYING WITH ONE VOICE: GET THE KILLERS! TAKE THE FIGHT TO THEM! BRING THEM DOWN!

Sash

WE MUST NOT SUBMIT TO CRIME AS A WAY OF LIFE. NEITHER MUST WE SUBMIT TO FEAR. CRIME HAS ROBBED US OF OUR BEST TALENTS, OUR LOVED ONES, AND THE INNOCENTS.

NOTHING CAN JUSTIFY THE KILLING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS, ELECTED OFFICIAL, MEDIA WORKERS.

The ashes of Sash Sawh, like the beautiful wings of a butterfly, are still blowing warmly in the wind. We feel his presence here.

When Cheddi Jagan died, I said in 1997, I asked you that as you voted, as you marked your “X” you must say, ‘THIS ONE FOR YOU PA.” On August 28, as we vote, remember Sash Sawh. Remember his big, broad smile, and his warm heart full of love for Guyana. GIVE HIM YOUR X. We must show the cowardly beasts who took his life that our ballots are mightier than their bullets! YOU HAVE POWER IN YOUR HANDS. AS YOU GRASP THE PENCIL OR PEN TO MARK THE BALLOT, GRAB IT FIRMLY AS IF YOUR FINGER WERE ON A TRIGGER, AND AS YOU MARK YOUR “X”, DO SO FOR SASH SAWH. USE YOUR “X” AS A BULLET FOR JUSTICE AGAINST HIS KILLERS.

No Losers

In all countries, the one factor that is constant is change. In 1992 it was the PPP that campaign on the slogan “time for a change”. And change we had with the removal of the PNC dictatorship. 14 years have passed, and today we must shift to the politics of adjustment. We must adjust to the reality of a multi-party political system, and to the ethno-political nature of our society.

In the new term there must be wider space for all political parties. We must refine our concept of inclusiveness. Under the new Government there must be extended room for the politics of consultation, consensus and compromise. All of the parties have a stake in Guyana, its people, its future.

There is promise for the greatness of this land. Though we take pride in calling ourselves Berbicians, Demerarians and Essequibians; though we take pride in calling ourselves Indians, Africans, Amerindians, Portuguese, Chinese, Europeans and Duglas, we are one in our nationality – we are Guyanese!

Like the Guyana 20-20 team, we must all bowl for Guyana, bat for Guyana, run for Guyana, and win for Guyana!

Voting on August 28 was a duty of all Guyanese of age. They have a right to a government of their choice. Elections Day must not be the end of our world. It must be the beginning of a new period of our development. No one must feel he or she is a loser when the results are known. It is in our interest to have quickly a new government and a stable political environment.

We must all, as we did during the 20/20 game, wave our flags for Guyana, rejoice for Guyana and show the world that our Guyanese civilization allows us to choose our government in an environment of peace and togetherness.

(Reconstituted Text For Good Hope, ECD PPP Rally, 19 August, 2006)

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The words of Moses Nagamootoo 

“The PNC cannot get rigging out of its psyche, out of its nature. The shadows of past have enveloped the PNC to such an extent that it has become insensitive to the feelings of the people.

In the past the only word the PNC knew best was “RIG”. So, they come to you in 2006 and ask the electorate to vote for PNC-RIG. They want you to say “Yes” to PNC-RIG. What do u say? Nooooooooooooo! Not again. Never! Nada! Niet!”

Nagamootoo accuses 'New Nation' of conspiracy


Guyana Chronicle
September 19, 1999


 

INFORMATION Minister, Mr. Moses Nagamootoo has accused the `New Nation', official organ of the Minority People's National Congress (PNC), of trying to create a rift between himself and President Bharrat Jagdeo.

In a statement issued Friday, Nagamootoo said the organ had in its issues over the last month placed him "at the centre of its web of deceit and conspiracy."

"More specifically, `New Nation' has employed falsehoods to manufacture rumours and fuel speculation with the wicked intent of creating a rift between President Bharrat Jagdeo and I, and mistrust between former President Ms. Janet Jagan and I", the minister said.

He denied a `New Nation' claim that Ms. Jagan had arranged for him to visit the United States so she could in his absence put Mr. Jagdeo into the presidency.

"Ms. Jagan had nothing to do with my visit to the United States. My family and I went on a private vacation, which was planned well in advance", the Information Minister said.

Referring to the PNC organ's claim that Mr. Jagdeo's elevation to the presidency was a product of intense PPP infighting, Nagamootoo said he "took part in the decision for the inclusion of Bharrat Jagdeo in the PPP/Civic's electoral `A' team in 1997."

"It was the collective decision of the party's leadership. There was no infighting", he stated.

"Whether or not I was in Guyana at the time President Jagan resigned, I would have supported the decision for Bharrat Jagdeo to be named President in her place.

"Bharrat Jagdeo became the President of Guyana in accordance with a principle that defined the role and place of the PPP and its Civic allies in the government. That principle is both democratic and constitutional", Nagamootoo noted.

On the `New Nation' suggestion that much bitterness and hostility had developed between himself and the President, Nagamootoo said:

"President Bharrat Jagdeo and I enjoy politically correct and comradely relations. It is natural to have vigorous disagreements on tactical issues, but we share in common the conviction of our party for a better Guyana.

"We are also committed to the principles of cooperation and collective leadership."

He said it was a "total fabrication" that he had undertaken to write a biography on Ms. Jagan and that the manuscript was with the printers when she resigned as President.

"I have sent no such manuscript for publication", the Information Minister declared.

In addition, it was not true that the government called in the Auditor General and the Police to investigate a small amount of money missing from the Ministry of Information.

"It was I who sought the intervention of the Auditor General's office and the Police. I insisted on a full investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds, and I demanded that appropriate action be taken in the matter", Nagamootoo said.

He called the `New Nation' claim that he was a special target of an anti-Nagamootoo group inside the PPP (People's Progressive Party) "a cheap attempt at sowing mistrust and division in the party's leadership."

"It smacks of hypocrisy, coming from the PNC which had tried without success to bully, bribe and silence me."

"For the past 35 years I shared membership in the PPP with a generation of exemplary political leaders and activists. We have always made the firmest unity in our leadership a primary focus.

"This runs contrary to the notion of crab barrel politics of making each other `special targets'", he said.

Nagamootoo said it was also not true that he got the highest number of votes at the last PPP Congress in 1997.

"I chaired the final session of Congress when the results of election to the PPP's Central Committee were announced. Ms. Janet Jagan, then President of Guyana, polled the highest number of votes, and I came second.

"For me, the popularity rating of Ms. Jagan among the party's membership was well deserved, and a true reflection of her role as the matriarch of contemporary political developments in Guyana."

Another `New Nation' lie, Nagamootoo said, is that he is "to cut and run" and that he has sought admission to the Hugh Wooding law school in Trinidad and Tobago to continue his studies to become an attorney-at-law.

"After completing the LL.B degree (with Credit), I had secured a place at the Hugh Wooding Law School. I wanted to become an attorney but momentarily gave that up when the late President Cheddi Jagan invited me to re-join his Cabinet.

"I have not regretted that decision although some would cynically say that I had given up a chance of going after the big bucks."

On `New Nation' questioning the moral leg he stands on when it comes to the defence of journalists, Nagamootoo said:

"I have practised journalism since 1970, mainly during the PNC dictatorship and in the fight of the Guyanese people for the restoration of democracy. My journalism became part of that struggle to which I had dedicated my efforts.

"I was harassed, searched, detained, jailed and beaten by agents of the PNC dictatorship, and I survived attempts at kidnapping and assassination at the hands of goons of the illegal regime.

"When the PNC regime attacked the free press, muzzled independent journalists and destroyed professionalism, I campaigned in the Union of Guyanese Journalists, the Caribbean Media Workers Association, the Federation of Latin American Journalists and the International Organisation of Journalists, in defence of democratic journalism.

"As a journalist I stood up against PNC oppression; I used my pen, as I said at a Walter Rodney memorial, as `a weapon for the revolution'.

"Today, I am proud to be associated with leaders who have made Guyana safe for journalism, and a free media. I feel that I am part of this change, so I have every moral right to come to the defence of journalists who are today victims of PNC's post-authoritarian, sanguinary impulse.

"I hope that I have set the record straight, and that the `New Nation' would listen to criticisms and back off from touting lies.

"I hope also that it would try to reach out in constructive engagement with its perceived critics and detractors, and not malign them, as it has done to well-respected Guyanese journalists."

"I was harassed, searched, detained, jailed and beaten by agents of the PNC dictatorship, and I survived attempts at kidnapping and assassination at the hands of goons of the illegal regime. 

This is the same Nagamootoo who went under the roof of PNC @ Congress Place last year. Ohi poor Nagaaaa 

Everyone as stinking, lying, corrupt, shameless and whoring would have jumped in the mighty Essequibo, jumo in front of a BIG TRUCK or an Express Train BUT a  STINKING NEEMAKARAM CRABDAAG GLOWS IN HIS EVIL, INHUMAN AND PARASITIC WAYS! They dont come any more shameless and stinking as this Guy!!!!!!!!

Dave posted:

"I was harassed, searched, detained, jailed and beaten by agents of the PNC dictatorship, and I survived attempts at kidnapping and assassination at the hands of goons of the illegal regime. 

This is the same Nagamootoo who went under the roof of PNC @ Congress Place last year. Ohi poor Nagaaaa 

Perhaps Pagglitootoo loves the thrashings from the PNC that his desire for more beating motivated him to be at the beck and call of the PNC.

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