By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former member of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNC/R), Dr Faith Harding has revealed that a number of young people in Guyana feel that the government of the day is a racist one.
Dr Harding became heated on the radio programme ‘Hard Talk’ on 90.1 FM, as she responded to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Parliamentarian, Odinga Lumumba who remarked that “nothing was done under the PNC government.”
During the discussion on whether snap elections should be called, Lumumba sought to continuously delve into the country’s history, going back to the PNC government.
He is of the view that the younger generation should be consistently reminded of the past when there was no potable water, 20 people living in one house, no proper roads and lack of housing schemes.
This irked Dr Harding, who said, “man look” and dismissed Odinga. She reminded of housing schemes in Mahaica and West Ruimveldt.
“Going back to the past is ignorance. It is destroying our young people. Today, you still have 13 and 14 year olds talking to me about how racist this government is, how racist this nation is and it hurts….because that’s what’s being preached to them…by everybody. Those young people don’t have a chance as they see it here. They feel that this Guyana is not for them, it is not theirs, they cannot participate, and that is very serious. Don’t blame them,” Dr Harding exclaimed.
In response, Lumumba said, “We cannot take the wealth and hard earned money of others and give it to those who don’t have.”
In an obvious flustered tone, Dr Harding said, “Oh look man, Let us be fair, the Government is unfair.” She noted that that she’s had personal experiences of an unfair PPP government.
However, Lumumba continued to delve into the past. He noted that he grew up in Buxton which never had a proper road.
In response, Dr Harding said, “You’re too old Odinga.” Lumumba, nevertheless continued with his rant, and Dr Harding dismissed him once again with a loud sigh.