By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Central Committee of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) met on Saturday, November 14, at Freedom House where a call was made for the scrapping of the Ministry of Social Cohesion, which is headed by Amna Ally.
General Secretary, Clement Rohee told a news conference on Monday, November 16 that the PPP will ensure that the “so-called Ministry of Social Cohesion does not succeed in its divisive manipulative, deceitful and bribe-sharing efforts to divide Guyanese socially, politically a long religious line ostensibly for electoral purposes.”
According to Rohee, the Central Committee reviewed recent developments on the religious front, accusing the government of willfully generating controversy concerning the dates for celebrating the Hindu religious holiday of Diwali.
“The Party considered this more as political and divisive and reminiscent of the situation that obtained in the 1960’s which saw the emergence of a Hindu and Muslim political parties to fight the PPP electorally. The actions of the APNU+AFC were merely a smokescreen to divide the Hindu community politically with a long term political objective in mind,” Rohee told reporters.
He said that the Party will continue to monitor these developments and to offer support, where necessary and whenever called upon by representative religious bodies to ensure that unity prevails.
“In this regard, the Central Committee called for the scrapping of the Ministry of Social Cohesion since its principal role is to act as a smokescreen to promote racial and political discrimination in favour of the APNU+AFC,” Rohee said.
It was noted that the Central Committee rejected “as hypocritical and self-serving the call by the APNU+AFC for national unity and for national unity talks with the PPP. The Party, following on-going consultations with its membership, has concluded that, at this time, when there is continuous witch-hunting, arbitrary dismissals and brazen termination of contracts of long standing government employees and public servants, labeling Party leaders and former government Ministers as “thieves”, the Party’s membership is neither in the mood nor supportive at this time, to engage in any national unity talks with the APNU+AFC.”