By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Members of the People’s National Congress Reform, led by David Granger this morning celebrated the 29th death anniversary of its founding leader and former President of Guyana, Linden Forbes Sampson [LFS] Burnham at the Mausoleum in the National Park with a wreath laying ceremony.
Granger reflected on the many challenges the late President inherited that caused conflict and destruction; however, this did not deter him from leading Guyana to independence18 years later.
“Fifty years ago in December 1964, Forbes Burnham inherited land that had been divided by Cheddi Jagan’s detestable hurricane of protests, a conflict that caused much hatred, death and destruction,” Granger told the gathering.
He noted that the PNCR has a duty to actualize the founding Leader’s vision for Guyana and continues on its quest to make this a reality.
“We are committed to making that motto a reality; we are committed to making Guyana one nation. Forbes Burham made a contract with this country 50 years ago, we the executives of that contract have an obligation to continue his work to make Guyana one nation,” the PNCR leader said.
Granger contended that Burnham started the process of national unification by “erasing the disparities, inequalities and by eliminating human vulnerabilities associated with demographic economic geographic and gender differences. These were the differences that divided this country into two, one privileged and one dispossessed.”
Instead, Burnham provided “easier access to essential public services especially education, full employment and social protection, he achieved these by providing free education as an entitled”, Granger emphasized.
He exclaimed that they remain proud of the struggles Burnham endured to make Guyana a united nation.
Burnham remained Prime Minister of Guyana from 1968 to 1980 and then as President from 1980 until his death on August 6, 1985 after undergoing throat surgery in Georgetown Hospital.