I would think twice before continually making clowns of my followers
February 28, 2004
THE PNC/R continues its rhetoric about the unsubstantiated allegations against Home Affairs Minister Ronald Gajraj, which administration spokesmen have already said that serious note have been taken of them and have called on the person making the allegations and those who claim that they have information and intelligence to go to the Police, the competent authority to deal with the matter.
However, it seems that those who are making the loudest noises are merely doing so for political mileage. They either have no credible evidence to support their allegations, or risk committing the offense of withholding criminal information from the Police.
I rather suspect the former, for it seems clear to me that if they had such evidence, they would have lost no time going to the Police with whatever incriminating information they had.
We Guyanese are accustomed to the opposition creating a storm out of a teacup for political mileage, even if what they do or say means drumming up feelings of animosity toward the government by their supporters or sympathizers.
I well remember the case of the Voter ID Cards. The PNC/R made a big issue of a card being "found" in the dump heap on Mandela Avenue just before the March 2001 elections. The PNC/R said it had information that "thousands" of Voter ID Cards had been dumped there in an orchestrated move by the Government to prevent PNC/R members from voting.
What a day it was when fanatical PNC/R members showed up at the Mandela Avenue dump site! After frantically searching for those "thousands" of dumped Voter ID Cards, the party's fanatical members, who were once again fooled by their own party, walked away sorely dejected. And they would hear later from their own leaders that nothing of the sort had in fact been dumped anywhere.
You don't have the space, Mr. Editor, for me to cite a few more examples. Suffice it to say that it is pathetic for the main opposition party to bask in photo opportunities and television coverage to try to bolster its image at the expense of its supporters. Never mind politics is a dirty game, I would think twice before continually making clowns of my followers.
The news back home that we want to hear must revolve around progressive, developmental initiatives to move our country forward a little faster. We want to hear things that all of us, regardless of ethnicity, party preferences, ideology, religion, et cetera, can benefit from in the not-too-distant future.
Colin B. Stephen
New York City