Diverting the blame will not help
Diverting the blame will not help

Diverting the blame will not help

OUR capital city of Georgetown has deteriorated from its once proud state of a “Garden City” into a state of a total environmental mess and disgrace. But what is even worse is that those who have been in charge of managing the affairs of Georgetown since 1997 do not seem much concerned and has been spending most of their energy in finding excuses and blame throwing, mainly directed at the government.

The Mayor and his City Hall confederates have been singing a never- ending song of not having finance to execute works necessary to restore Georgetown to its once glory days and also it needs to widen its source of revenue collection. This contention may have some merit, but what is the reality?
First, there has to be a shortage of finance at City Hall because its revenue collection is dismal and nothing tangible is being done to go after those who owe large sums in rates and taxes; consequently, some are now before the courts.
Second, even the small amounts of revenue collected by City Hall are being mismanaged, misappropriated and misspent. Therefore, there cannot be any money available to execute works which are necessary to have Georgetown in a habitable state. And the Burrowes Commission of Inquiry brought out clearly the corruption and the inept and ineffective management which have been permeating City Hall for decades. Therefore, if City Hall cannot manage small amounts of finance, would they be able to properly manage larger amounts?
You do not have to be an economist to know that even with a small amount of money, effective work could be done if that money is managed effectively through the cutting down of extravagance and proper prioritising of spending.
At the same time, City Hall have been failing miserably in ensuring the by-laws governing vending, littering, waste disposal, builders’ waste and construction of buildings are effectively enforced. Consequently, swarms of illegal vending nests have sprung up all over the city unchecked. In fact, some at City hall have actually defended this unfortunate situation and some may be even financially benefiting from kickbacks from these illegal vendors.
Another baseless argument being put forward by some is that central government is not giving assistance to City Hall. However, those who advance this argument are clearly suffering from selective amnesia, because one of the first things this government did when it assumed office in 1992 was to refurbish several roads which were in a horrible and almost impassable state, including Main, Regent and Robb Streets among others. Ever since then central government has virtually taken over road building and repairs in Georgetown and this is in addition to the support it has been providing in drainage and solid waste management. And every time City Hall becomes cash strapped, central government has come to its rescue by paying up its rates and taxes in advance.
The fact is Georgetown is being managed in the same manner this country was managed during those dark and dreadful 28 years. And this is not surprising, because the common factor is, the same political party is involved.
The latest song being played by the Mayor and his City Hall confederates is that newly appointed Town Clerk, Ms. Carol Sooba is responsible for the horrible state Georgetown finds itself in.
But how can this be so when Ms. Sooba has been there for only a few months? Georgetown has been in this state for more than two decades and therefore how can Ms. Sooba be blamed. Strange enough, during the stewardship of previous town clerks, the mayor and company did not place the blame on them.
However, because Ms. Sooba is perceived to be pro-PPP, whether she is so or not, and she has touched some “corns” of his who are now before the courts, the mayor and his cohorts are foisting the blame on her.
The truth is that the mayor and his confederates have fiddled with the city and have failed to get their acts together. It is high time that they either get their acts together or get out. The citizens of Georgetown are fed up.

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Returning to themes that disgrace and destroy a nation

December 2, 2012 | By | Filed Under Features / Columnists, Freddie Kissoon 

Every so often I return to lamentations that any Guyanese that loves his/her country would find depressing. I have constantly revisited abominations like clogged drains that cause unbearable floods even during light rains and the horror story of the Accident and Emergency (A&E) facility of the Georgetown Hospital. Here I am again because of what I have witnessed one more time On Wednesday morning, I parked my car on the parapet outside of the home of Mr. Harold Davis, who the younger folks would not know, but was in charge of GuySuCo for a long time under President Burnham. I needed to make a purchase at Medicare pharmacy directly opposite to where Mr. Davis lives on New Market Street, between Camp and Thomas Streets. As I locked the car, and began to walk, my eyes gazed at the gutter in front of Mr. Davis’ house. The mud was mountainous. The silt in this gutter is not near to the top but filled right up. As I was about to cross the street into Medicare, its manager was crossing too and she enquired what I was looking at. I pointed her to the horrible sight in the gutter with the warning that should the rains come, no way the yards and houses on that street could be saved from a deluge. The next morning (Thursday) it rained heavily and New Market Street had its deluge. It is indeed sad and tragic that Guyanese have to live like this. A few years ago, I made the identical observation about another place not too far from what I saw last Wednesday. And I wrote about it. That time it was Shanta’s Puri Shop on New Market Street at Camp Street. The gutter was filled to the top with mud. I wrote then that should the rains come, that restaurant would be flooded and that did occur. The entrance was fitted out with sandbags. What happens in Georgetown is that when the rainy season comes it brings devastation unrelated to unusual thunderstorms because the downpours have no outlet due to clogged gutters and alleyways. It is simply a nightmarish future for victims. How can citizens and small business people accept this permanent destruction for which they are not to be blamed? It is permanent because once the mountains of mud remain homes and business places will get flood waters. It is totally misleading to lay blame on the City Council. The municipality does not have the manpower and money to undertake that Herculean task. But PPP cynicism perpetuates the nightmare. My interpretation is that the PPP’s judgement is that the opposition controls the City Council, Georgetown is not the PPP’s constituency, so let the mud remain. And the devastation lives alongside an ocean of high rise buildings and a soon to be built Marriott Hotel. As we are on New Market Street let us travel east and visit the Georgetown Hospital. Are the Kaieteur News and Stabroek News on a vendetta against this institution? In the Thursday edition of both papers, the hospital got poor coverage and the reporting was about the facts and nothing else. The Stabroek News quoted the wife of a robbery victim as saying that despite his terrible injuries he had to wait a long time before he was treated. He was attacked in the uncivilized hours of Tuesday morning and the paper reported that when its reporter went to A&E at 9am the next day on another incident, the victim was sitting in a wheelchair, “his face was so badly swollen his eyes were almost closed.” Ten years ago, the Guyanese nation read about similar abominations. Six years ago, the daughter of my neighbour told me her father, the victim of a robbery, died of internal bleeding because A&E took too long to treat him. His restaurant was invaded by a lone gunman and he was shot. Six years ago, I wrote about that. We are into 2012 and look what the Stabroek News observed. The Kaieteur News carried two items on the hospital for that edition. In one, there is the opening line; “Two mothers reportedly experience ‘pure terror and horror’ at the Georgetown Hospital.” Then there is the report, quoting an official that the hospital lacks an important drug that prevents blindness and that has “caused a number of patients to lose sight.” Why is this country a tragedy? For two reasons among others. Amidst ostentatious wealth, look what happens to our poorer folks. And these human atrocities are never-ending. Is this a dead country?

Originally Posted by yuji22:

PNC destroys a beautiful city. They cannot run anything, they are the most destructive force in Guyana. They are like their brothers in the Sudan.

 

Read the headlines on Sudan lately ?

 

 

It is the PPP who has destroyed GT. Look at how beautiful and clean it was under Burnham and the PNC. Green is on a PPP leash.

Originally Posted by yuji22:

PNC destroys a beautiful city. They cannot run anything, they are the most destructive force in Guyana. They are like their brothers in the Sudan.

 

Read the headlines on Sudan lately ?

are u cognizant of what "twice-born" really means mr Brahmin?

 

since it is almost Christmas, i suggest u reflect on the devil's wuk u doin fuh antiman pleasure hay

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Originally Posted by Mitwah:
Originally Posted by yuji22:

PNC destroys a beautiful city. They cannot run anything, they are the most destructive force in Guyana. They are like their brothers in the Sudan.

 

Read the headlines on Sudan lately ?

 

 

It is the PPP who has destroyed GT. Look at how beautiful and clean it was under Burnham and the PNC. Green is on a PPP leash.

Mits

 

Greene and the PNC is in charge of GT. Your response is like blaming the Feds for the mismanagement of Mississauga. They just don't add up.

 

You cannot blame the government for a PNC led mismanagement of GT. It is a PNC led Mayor and City Council.

Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by Mitwah:
Originally Posted by yuji22:

PNC destroys a beautiful city. They cannot run anything, they are the most destructive force in Guyana. They are like their brothers in the Sudan.

 

Read the headlines on Sudan lately ?

 

 

It is the PPP who has destroyed GT. Look at how beautiful and clean it was under Burnham and the PNC. Green is on a PPP leash.

Mits

 

Greene and the PNC is in charge of GT. Your response is like blaming the Feds for the mismanagement of Mississauga. They just don't add up.

 

You cannot blame the government for a PNC led mismanagement of GT. It is a PNC led Mayor and City Council.

The power sharing structure is different. You cannot compare Canadian Governance with Guyana's. Your analogy is useless.

 

This is what the PPP/C has given us.

Originally Posted by Mitwah:
Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by Mitwah:
Originally Posted by yuji22:

PNC destroys a beautiful city. They cannot run anything, they are the most destructive force in Guyana. They are like their brothers in the Sudan.

 

Read the headlines on Sudan lately ?

 

 

It is the PPP who has destroyed GT. Look at how beautiful and clean it was under Burnham and the PNC. Green is on a PPP leash.

Mits

 

Greene and the PNC is in charge of GT. Your response is like blaming the Feds for the mismanagement of Mississauga. They just don't add up.

 

You cannot blame the government for a PNC led mismanagement of GT. It is a PNC led Mayor and City Council.

The power sharing structure is different. You cannot compare Canadian Governance with Guyana's. Your analogy is useless.

 

This is what the PPP/C has given us.

Fact remains;

 

PNC and Greene destroyed GT. Guyana is next.

GRANGER WAS PNC EXECUTOR IN THE ARMY

 

David Granger served the PNC for 40 years which covered the period while he was in the army. It is not hard for us to believe this admittance by Granger himself (during the PNCR town hall meetings) since the PNC practiced party-paramountcy.

This explains the reason why he was Burnham's political liaison to the army and his role in carrying out the orders to steal ballot boxes and terrorise those who stood up against the rigging of the elections in 1973, 1985.
 

PPP needs to stop undermining local government communities they haven’t won

December 20, 2013 | By | Filed Under Letters 

  Dear Editor, The Speaker had advised this nation the message sent by the President consistent with Article 170(3) giving his reasons for withholding assent to the Local Government (Amendment) Bill will be released to the nation after he shared it with Members of the National Assembly. In deference for this apparent protocol, the National Assembly has since met, and by now the President’s message should have been released to the public. The Speaker is called on to release this message. This is the people’s business and ought to be made known to the people. This Bill seeks to deepen citizens’ involvement in their quest for self-determination which is consistent with realising the autonomy of local government and oversight responsibility vested in the constitutionally mandated Local Government Commission (Articles 75 and 78A) and we must know the president’s reasons for non-assent. This obsession with national leaders to dictate what happens in the villages and towns is today seeing another crisis in Georgetown and its environs. The picture of a president, standing in long boots, hands akimbo, in a flooded community in attempt to convey the impression of effective management must not fool us. For the president and team to lay blame for the city’s unhealthy and unsightly state at the doors of the City Council and the PNC is an act of inept political leadership. The City Council comprises councillors from the PPP, PNC and GGG. This nation must call on the president to tell us what recommendation(s) the PPP councillors presented to any statutory meeting to improve the residents’ quality of life and bring relief to the ever present flood crisis.  The City Council must also put this information in the public domain. Failure to provide answers/evidence will confirm that citizens are being held hostage to political immaturity and machinations. Agencies now reeling from the effects and seeking refuge from or abdication of some responsibility are also reminded of the period when the city’s by-laws were enforced for the establishment of businesses in some communities and the use of public reserves. Some have benefitted from the present lawlessness and association with the powers that be promoting this contempt. Now the chickens have come home to roost and all are being consumed, even the innocent.  There was a period in this country, in spite of scarce resources, this level of flooding was unbeknown. Places like Le Repentir Cemetery, National Park, Botanical Gardens, Camp Ayangana, and Eve Leary were never unkempt. What is happening in this society is that we continue to see a government ill-equipped to adequately perform, lurching from crisis to crisis and masking such through wild assertions, and the offer of temporary relief.  The calls for Hamilton Green to go and the appointment of an Interim Management Committee must be resisted by every law-abiding citizen in our quest to protect and respect the right to self-determination. One does not have to like a person to respect his/her rights. Similarly, one does not have to dislike a person to draw attention to his/her transgressions. This is a nation of laws and we must uphold them. Through balloting Hamilton Green-led GGG secured the plurality of votes and the councillors elected him Mayor. He must be removed by the same legitimate process that placed him there.  This society must reach the level when matters of national import see our intolerance for the actions of those who violate laws and transgress rights. The PPP needs to stop undermining the work of local government communities they have not won. The President in the discharge of his duties must set the example to operate within the parameters of the country’s constitution and laws.  For the president and team to take the position it can deny the council resources and obligations (rates, taxes, grants, maintenance of main roads and waterways,  etc.)  because of its political composition (consistent with Articles 10 and 147) is a breach of the Constitution they swore to uphold. Lest we forget, executive authority/supremacy does not mean you operate outside and above the Constitution. The role of an Executive is to carry-out/manage the decisions/desire of the collective and in politics this is driven through the legislature and judicature. The Executive cannot operate contrary to these institutions. In fact, the Executive is guided in its duties by these branches of government. Any policy/decision created and implement by this branch has to be consistent with our laws, which the legislature makes as informed by the Constitution and in instance of conflict, adjudicated by the judicature. Lincoln Lewis

Originally Posted by Mitwah:

Yugi, you are living in the past. Anyways, You are right. It's highly likely that the PNC could be back in power. The PPP's popularity is on the decline. Indians are fleeing the country. Why? 

 

Mitwah

 

It is up to the people of Guyana to decide what is best for them. They will speak with their votes. I cannot defend PNC thugs. Their record of destruction cannot be defended.

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Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by Mitwah:

Yugi, you are living in the past. Anyways, You are right. It's highly likely that the PNC could be back in power. The PPP's popularity is on the decline. Indians are fleeing the country. Why? 

 

Mitwah

 

It is up to the people of Guyana to decide what is best for them. They will speak with their votes. I cannot defend PNC thugs. Their record of destruction cannot be defended.

Indians have been voting with their feet. There is more destruction under the PPP than under the PNC. Look at how Berbice is underdeveloped. When was the last time you visited New Amsterdam?  New Amsterdam hospital is a staging place for the morgue.

Originally Posted by Mitwah:
Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by Mitwah:

Yugi, you are living in the past. Anyways, You are right. It's highly likely that the PNC could be back in power. The PPP's popularity is on the decline. Indians are fleeing the country. Why? 

 

Mitwah

 

It is up to the people of Guyana to decide what is best for them. They will speak with their votes. I cannot defend PNC thugs. Their record of destruction cannot be defended.

Indians have been voting with their feet. There is more destruction under the PPP than under the PNC. Look at how Berbice is underdeveloped. When was the last time you visited New Amsterdam?  New Amsterdam hospital is a staging place for the morgue.

Mits

 

It is once again a PNC problem. New Amsterdam is a PNC led city council. If the people vote for PNC, they will get filth. Why should the PPP bail out PNC filth ?

 

Vote for PNC = Filth and destruction.

 

I recently visited Berbice. 

Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by Mitwah:
Originally Posted by yuji22:
Originally Posted by Mitwah:

Yugi, you are living in the past. Anyways, You are right. It's highly likely that the PNC could be back in power. The PPP's popularity is on the decline. Indians are fleeing the country. Why? 

 

Mitwah

 

It is up to the people of Guyana to decide what is best for them. They will speak with their votes. I cannot defend PNC thugs. Their record of destruction cannot be defended.

Indians have been voting with their feet. There is more destruction under the PPP than under the PNC. Look at how Berbice is underdeveloped. When was the last time you visited New Amsterdam?  New Amsterdam hospital is a staging place for the morgue.

Mits

 

It is once again a PNC problem. New Amsterdam is a PNC led city council. If the people vote for PNC, they will get filth. Why should the PPP bail out PNC filth ?

 

Vote for PNC = Filth and destruction.

 

I recently visited Berbice. 

PPP needs to stop undermining local government communities they haven’t won

December 20, 2013 | By | Filed Under Letters