By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Opposition Leader, David Granger has called on all Amerindian Leaders (Toshaos) from across Guyana who are currently meeting with the Executive to “beware of the promises” of the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) government.
“I would be very careful if I was an indigenous person,” Granger told a news conference on Friday, October 31.
Amerindian Leaders are currently meeting with the government and other stakeholders at the National Conference Centre for the biannual National Toshaos Conference (NTC) where they are given an opportunity to share their challenges and raise concerns with the government, including the President.
Granger suggested that the Executive is not serious about the welfare of Amerindians.
“When we brought a Motion in the National Assembly to deal with trafficking in persons (TIP) the government didn’t support it,” Granger recalled; pointing out that the victims of TIP are likely to be indigenous girls.
He recalled too the Motion to address the deadly gastroenteritis that was claiming lives in interior regions was also not supported by the administration.
The Opposition Leader spoke of environmental damage in several Amerindian Communities due to logging and mining.
“Last year August Amerindians protested outside the National Assembly on land issues too,” Granger recalled; adding that at the end of the last conference Toshaos had complained that they were not allowed speak freely.
The Opposition Leader says he has been visiting some of these communities and speaking with the people.