By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Local promoters, night club proprietors and key stakeholders of Guyana’s entertainment fraternity are in uproar over a proposal by Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan to impose a 2:00hrs curfew on nightspots across the country.
The move is being proposed by Ramjattan as part of an overarching plan to alleviate the occurrences of crime in Guyana.
“This drinking that causes a lot of drivers to make accidents… driving cause a lot of vexation that sometimes lead to arguments that ultimately lead to gun violence and then shooting that has happened over the past couple of weeks…”the Vice President with responsibility for National Security told reporters in a recent interview.
However, some of the stakeholders are not so certain the imposition will do any good towards the ease the crime situation in Guyana.
One stakeholder, who prefers to remain anonymous, told iNews that the imposition may only serve to exacerbate the crime situation.
“People need entertainment, they’re saying it will fight crime but it just might increase it.”
He indicated too that clubbing for most persons usually begins just an hour before the proposed curfew is to be imposed, which would not bode well for any businessman in the sector.
“I don’t believe what they are doing is right; people usually come out to party as late as 1:00hrs – it is foolishness as far as I’m concerned,” the concerned man told iNews adding “it is hard when someone invests money in a party; hundreds of thousands of dollars and then they have to suffer a loss.”
He indicated too that similar views were expressed by his colleagues, since late night partying is how they earn revenue.
On social media, Frederick Granger had this to say; “the minister’s rationale is short-sighted and vexatious!!!…..Persons can get inebriated beyond acceptable levels, well before 2 am as they can get into arguments too. The accidents and violence he speaks of can still occur even with the closing hours being enforced!!!!…..Perhaps, what is most needed is a heavy Police patrol presence in the vicinity of the various clubs and night spots to sort of act as a deterrent.”
However, not all persons are in disagreement with the proposal. Nazim Hussain wrote, I “totally agree with the Minister. We should implement the last call at midnight as they do in Canada.”