[www.inewsguyana.com] –A Partnership For National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) has managed to execute what is being dubbed as the biggest Opposition rally in Essequibo at Anna Regina’s Damon Square. Reports from the coalition indicate that there were approximately 7,000 persons at the rally.
The event marked the third rally of the opposition coalition with the other major rallies being held in Whim, Corentyne and Linden.
Speakers at the event included several prominent residents of Essequibo and political figures from APNU/AFC coupled with the Presidential Candidate David Granger and Prime Ministerial Candidate Moses Nagamootoo.
Reports indicate that residents were the highlight of the rally as they pledged allegiance to the coalition hoping that come May 11, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic is voted out of office.
Sam Bacchus, a prominent businessman in the region, said that “we are expecting you to carry out the programs and wishes of the people. We expect Constitutional Reforms, we want a return of the constituency system, we want the power to recall our parliamentarians when they do not conform to our wishes; we want transparent transactions.”
He said that the PPP/C has long since “evaporated” from the ideals of its late founder Dr Cheddi Jagan.
Meanwhile, Leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), Dr Rupert Roopnaraine was very persuasive in his address calling for a “revolt” by way of the ballot on May 11.
“Tonight we are calling on you to revolt on May 11th. In this revolt we are not using bullets, we will use the ballots. We are calling for revolt in larceny in high places. We must revolt against violence against our daughters, mothers and even grandmothers,” Dr Roopnarine said on Saturday, April 04.
He also said that the electorate should be on its guard against the possibility of its elections being rigged by the incumbent.
“We have to recognise that after the people vote we have to protect the vote because we are dealing with a desperate band. All things are possible so when we cast that ballot on May 11 let us ensure that we make arrangements to secure every single ballot station and every single ballot box in the land,” urged the WPA Leader.
Meanwhile, the Presidential candidate told the gathering that a new government is what is needed to ensure that Guyana moves forward into the future. He said that such a government should be able to educate the populace and development Guyana’s Human resources.
“You need a new government not a new pair of hands. You need a government that is going to provide you with the education and the skills, the talent and you need a government that is going provide you with the equipment and APNU will help you to become entrepreneurs,” lamented Granger.
Still on the topic of education and human resources, Granger made it clear that it is time Guyana’s children stop using canoes as a mode of transportation to get to and from school.
He said reform to the education sector would include free meals, uniforms, textbooks and a school boat.
“Every child will have transport to get to school. Down with these canoes! They will get a school boat so they don’t have to get to school tired and sweaty.”