By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration has been plagued by an epidemic of public protests since President Donald Ramotar took office following the 2011 general elections, so said Leader of the Opposition David Granger.
According to Granger, “the frequency, intensity and variety of these protests indicate that there is simmering but sustained dissatisfaction with the performance of the PPP/C administration about several issues and in many different places.”
He said among those problems are: Amerindian land problems; agriculture sector problems; public policy problems; infrastructure problems; public education problems and security problems.
“Public protests are becoming the only means of attracting the PPP/C Administration’s attention to public problems. Protests also suggest that the PPP/C will continue to ignore complaints from local communities until public embarrassment forces it to act,” Granger contends.
Meanwhile, APNU’s Parliamentarian Ronald Bulkan also added his voice to the issue, saying that the public protests have become too myriad and varied. He said what is particular sad is the PPP’s response.
“Recalled it was former PPP Member and Speaker Ralph Ramkarran that had urged the PPP to listen to the pleas of the people but the PPP has been deaf and it’s a shame and disgrace,” Bulkan stated.
Meanwhile, when questioned on the ilk and frequency of protest on the PNC rule, Granger reasoned that it would not be fruitful to compare the two periods since they are unique in their own right.
“To compare the two would be misleading because the challenges then were unique, it was a different historical period but the PNC was sincere to addressing the needs of the people,” he said, adding that “the PPP has an uncaring attitude for ordinary citizens.”
Granger did admit that there was widespread protest under the PNC rule attributing it largely to the oil shocks and the international debt crisis which Guyana suffered from.