[www.inewsguyana.com] – In response to President Donald Ramotar’s invitation for dialogue with the Opposition, the Alliance For Change (AFC) is of the view that the President’s “action speaks louder” than his words.
In a press statement issued last evening (Sunday, November 16), the AFC stated that it is alarmed that the President “believes the political rhetoric and propaganda he has spewed for most of this year and in the process has either forgotten or has lost touch with reality.”
The AFC sought to refresh President Ramotar’s memory as they believe he has forgotten that the last time he extended an invitation to the parliamentary opposition to meet at a tripartite level was on February 26, 2014.
“Nearly nine months have passed and in that time we Guyanese have swam in a sea of conflict and confrontation which has plagued President Ramotar’s administration, during which time his government has displayed no attempt to engage the majority parliamentary opposition in dialogue,” the AFC statement noted.
According to the AFC, “Public records will show that since February 2014 President Ramotar has placed emphasis on meeting key private sector organisations and stakeholder groups on a range of contentious issues ranging from passage of the anti money laundering legislation to the current constitutional crisis. At no point in time was the joint parliamentary opposition invited to participate in talks of any kind!”
The Party reminded that at the end of June 2014, the AFC in correspondence to the President laid out its 10-point list of areas of concern. This included demands for the upholding of the non-negotiable provisions of Guyana’s constitution, namely the establishment of the Public Procurement Commission, the Local Government Commission and the Human Rights Commission, the holding of Local Government Election.
On July 17, 2014, the AFC again wrote the President highlighting the Party’s deep concern over the unauthorized and unconstitutional withdrawals from the consolidated fund by the Minister of Finance.
“The Alliance For Change therefore remains surprised at Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr. Roger Luncheon’s recent statement that the ‘PPP-C went the extra mile’. This and the President’s ramblings this last week can only be viewed with the skepticism it deserves. After all Mr. President – your actions speak louder than your words.”