By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Residents of Meten – Meer – Zorg (MMZ), West Coast Demerara were taken down memory lane on Monday evening of what life was like under the People’s National Congress (PNC) government by Executive Member of the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Anil Nandlall.
During the PPP village meeting, Nandlall, who is also the country’s Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, reminded residents of rigged elections under the PNC government as he told them to guard against this occurring again.
“They rigged those elections by using largely the Army as the instrument…the Army used to go to the polling stations, remove the ballot boxes, take them to camp Ayanganna and different locations; take out your votes, throw it away and stuff those ballot boxes with their own votes.
“Ballot boxes used to be in the rivers, in the cane fields and all over the country just after the elections,” Nandlall told a crowd of approximately 60.
He made it clear to them that the May 11 general and regional election is primarily between the PPP and PNC – now APNU+AFC.
In his trip down memory lane, Nandlall made reference to banned food items under the Burnham administration as he warned residents to protect their children.
“They did not even have money to buy food for the people of this country. The very people who put this country through that are still there.”
According to Nandlall, “There was fear gripping this land. Opposition elements used to be locked up and beaten on a regular basis, including Moses Nagamootoo, Walter Rodney was killed; we had no press freedom in this country… You need to save your children from the type of fear and the type of society that you grew up in. Do not leave that for your children. And comrades, they have not changed; they have destroyed this country while in government.”
He alluded to the track record of former Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge, as he admitted that the PPP government is no “saint” and is not “God”; however he noted, “If you think we bad, the Devil coming.”
Nandlall urged the residents to listen to the evidence unfolding at the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry so that they can be reminded of what took place then.
The Attorney General encouraged the crowd to vote on issues and to assess the Presidential Candidates based in their actions and track records. He also spoke of the developments that took place under the PPP government and elaborated on several projects set to come on stream if the Party goes back into office.