By The Piper
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Give Jack his jacket; so the saying goes. It means, of course, that credit must be given where earned. The APNU-AFC has done some good things and these must be acknowledged. Jack, however, might have that jacket taken back because of some practices that smell of shameless corruption. In the meantime, the PPP has made a bad decision (so far) to stay out of parliament.
President Granger has promised to open a staff school for the civil service with the intent of producing incorruptible civil servants. I suppose the president envisages a kind of Whitehall on the Demerara, where the administration of government will be done on the merits, and without nepotism or political bias. The idea is simple, and if the APNU-AFC can muster the courage to be as impartial as the civil service they want, then progress is indeed possible. For this to happen, the APNU-AFC must set the example by immediately stopping the ethno-political firings now delivered on a daily basis.
Minister Rupert Roopnarine is currently charming the educational sector. His optimism must be inspirational for those who do the difficult work of educating our citizens, but we need more than nice words. He may start by raising the pay of teachers and providing opportunities for further training and study. A strong public education system is critical to the country’s development. It is a no-brainer that U.G. needs more resources and a more qualified faculty. We await the news on this front. What we do not want to see is the waste of resources to make President’s College better than Queen’s College and Bishops simply to resurrect a PNC pet project.
Bad things are also happening. The PPP should not delay its entry into parliament. What is the point of having Nandlall and Edghill make complaints here and there but without any institutional pathway of seeking redress. Moreover, some of the issues that they have chosen to address demonstrate poor judgment, if not worse. Why in the world would they want to criticize the sacking of the Lenora policeman who was involved with the sickening abuse of a teenager? Ramjattan did the right thing.
Rather than ad hoc and disjointed statements to the media, Freedom House should be releasing its record of accomplishments on a rolling basis. Shamelessness is no foreigner to Guyanese politics, but I think we have reached a new low.
The appointment of Christopher Ram and Anand Goolsarran to carry out forensic audits is the equivalent of having Pik Botha and Adriaan Vlok investigate the ANC. The analogy is based on the well known and unapologetic hatred of the PPP by the two men. The audits may be needed, but as it stands, the findings will be pronounced Dead-on-Arrival. The two gentlemen, who are indeed well qualified on the technical side of things, are simply too biased for the task and even moderate critics would consider these appointments government corruption. In the meantime, the duo should inform the APNU-AFC government that they have reconsidered the matter, and because of the real conflict of interest, they are stepping down. If they do not, the only likely effect of the project would be an investigation of their own appointments.