“No perfect constitution in the world” – Rohee warns against ransacking Guyana’s 2001 constitution

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By Kurt Campbell

General Secretary of the PPP/C, Clement Rohee. [iNews' Photo]
General Secretary of the PPP/C, Clement Rohee. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – General Secretary of the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Clement Rohee has rejected recent calls by the political opposition for a new Guyana constitution; saying his Party is at complete odds with the suggestion.

Rohee said the PPP has taken this position particularly since Guyana’s constitution was reformed 13 years ago.

“Constitutions are not to be tampered with, ransacked or subjected to open heart surgery whimsically or maliciously because of political disagreement on issues of governance or the powers of a Head of State,” he told Reporters at a press conference at Freedom House, Georgetown this morning.

He said the PPP has taken note of recent public utterances which he described as erroneous and unsubstantiated; rejecting assertions that Guyana’s current constitution is backward.

“It is a slap in the face of Guyanese and their representative organizations… all of who spent countless hours to put together a constitution that is acceptable to all stakeholders,” he added.

He said unlike the 1980 constitution, “which was an imposition by the then PNC regime”, the present 2001 constitution benefited from a series of nationwide consultations between 1991 – 2001; adding that Guyana boasts one the most advanced constitutions in the region “which is a far cry from what was described as a messy and horrible constitution.”

Rohee in responding to a question said “let’s face it there is no perfect constitution in the world.” He said the constitution is a very sacred document and should not be “ransacked” because of difference in political views.

Since the prorogation of Guyana’s Parliament by President Donald Ramotar, calls have been mounted for constitutional reform.

Even business mogul, Dr. Yesu Persaud recently spoke of the urgent need for constitutional changes, particularly the powers vested in the Executive.

The two parliamentary opposition parties have made similar calls with the AFC putting forward a proposal in this regard.

Opposition Leader, David Granger. [iNews' Photo]
Opposition Leader, David Granger. [iNews’ Photo]
Opposition Leader, David Granger believes that considering the political state of the country, it is also important to examine other parts of the Constitution and not just the powers of the President.

The Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is reported to have said that as far as Constitutional Reform is concerned, it has become a very popular topic nowadays, but “we need to move away from beer garden talk and find out from the people what reforms they would want to see.”

 

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. You speak so much about how much the commentators on this forum is being paid. Could it be that because of APNU’s financial difficulties, they had only 35 supporters at Stabroek Square? Or Is APNU conserving? You seems to be sure that PPP’s commentators are dumb. Why not utilise the opportunity and join the PPP? If they are dumb then they will pay you and you can give the money to APNU as charity. Then APNU’s support will grow because they will have enough money to boil the pot.

  2. pnc aint eve have a piece of meat in their one pot spoon cookup to feed GUY n ANA to march and protest like the crabs they are so its easy to come here and have their say lol

  3. lol..i forgive you you classic clown..u r indeed a classic clown..i could pick a number and say pnc paying u to blog…see how easy that is you classic clown.anyhow the truth does bite most of yall

  4. Guy he too blind deff and very DUM, to even get pay ,,all tje fool get is a 1free laptop and thats all he will ever get ,,so leave the Pee pee boy alone ,,he cant help his self,,

  5. Hey Guy, leave ana out and you tell us, how much are you being paid to do your two line sentences? How much your buddy Ewing getting from your PNC Terrorist (boss) to protest outside the AG’S office? How much your other buddy’s Adonis getting to write lies about you and every other Guyanese? Guy, tell us who is financing blue caps? Hey Guy, are you getting about $10k per month from your PNC boss?
    Why don’t you Guy and Ana go and work for the rich PPP Government?

  6. granger say beer garden talk? really? no!! did granger really really said beer garden talk…he knows what he is saying what most guyanese see with their very own eyes how the two granger talking bout does hit the rum bottle like its sauce and syrup..meck it better yet now..rumojataha and naganoonoo wont like granger de ballot box man..

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