[www.inewsguyana.com] – Guyana’s very vocal combined political opposition this morning (Tuesday, December 09), failed to lend weighty support to an anti – corruption march organized by the Transparency Institute Guyana Inc.
Both the main opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) – have accused the current administration of fostering rampant corruption in the public sector and their poor attendance was surprising to many participants.
In fact, there were no Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs); only a few AFC members were spotted among the no more than 30 persons who were drawn from Transparency Institute and other civil society organizations including: the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD).
However, Head of Transparency Institute Gino Persaud said he was not discouraged by the attendance.
“We tried to publicize the march as best as we could and I think we have a reasonable turn out last year we had a little more,” Persaud noted.
He reminded that corruption is a sensitive issue in Guyana and while there is a lot of support behind closed doors not everyone is enthusiastic about publicly denouncing it.
“We know that the concerns exist…Guyanese I think understand that corruption is a serious problem and we all have a role to play,” he admonished.
Opposition Leader David Granger later told iNews that his parliamentary coalition could not attended the anti – corruption march because of its own planned protest outside the Office of the President, which has been ongoing for more than eight weeks.
Granger said he was surprised that Transparency Institute would organize a march for the same day as their protest.
The anti – corruption Body had extended invitation to the government, diplomatic community and the private sector along with the political opposition, civil society organizations and trade unions.
TI has its annual fund raising dinner this evening at the Pegasus, Georgetown which is usually well attended.
Persaud explained that the aim of the event is to raise awareness among the general public on corruption in Guyana.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has reminded, in his message on this occasion, that corruption suppresses economic growth and undermines the sustainable management of the environment and called on all to stamp it out.
The 2014 results of the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index showed improvements for Guyana.
A country’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of zero, representing highly corrupt to 100, representing very clean. Guyana scored 30 this year compared to 27 last year.
But not withstanding these improvements, the country remains listed in the very corrupt category; lagging far behind its Caribbean Community (CARICOM) peers. Guyana placed 124th out of 175 countries with Haiti coming in 161; being the only regional country to do worse than Guyana.