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Tuesday, May 02, 2006


Monday, May 1, 2006

Dear Sir:

The Leader of the Opposition MrRobert Corbin has made some proposals recently. One of them was to have an emergency meeting. Another was to sit down with the Government of Guyana and work out a plan to provide security for the country.

On the surface these appear to be constructive suggestions. They have a kind of “bi-partisan” ring to them. But as all grown-ups know what often appears like a treat, turns out to be poison. So far President Bharat Jagdeo has read the label and rightfully tossed the potions in the trash bin.

But make no mistake; the PNC has a congeries of stratagems. In fact, the very invitations to build security are themselves part of a systematic plan to destabilize the Government of Guyana. How could this be? Isn’t that cynical? The short answer is no.

Here is how the plan has been unfolding.

The first part of the plan was to create a general framework for taking power. The framework must have elements of democratic legitimacy because if it does not, once power is illegally snatched, it would be difficult to defend in the international community. That is not a small matter in an age when important foreign governments are rather keen on democracy promotion.

The Opposition has managed to fashion just such a framework through an elaborate discourse of “Power Sharing.” The organic intellectuals of this framework are not confined to the PNC proper. Instead, a good bit of the intellectual labor has been farmed-out to activists such as David Hinds and Rupert Roopnarine. It was David Hinds, for instance in a recent article in Social and Economic Studies out of UWI who lamented about PPP “winner take all” and the need for power sharing.

These two have managed to put this power sharing idea on the agenda, Hinds through writing; Roopnarine via speaking tours. They are bright men and they articulate power sharing with elegance. Both have PhDs and that apparently underwrites the cohesion of their claims and propositions. The fact is power sharing has been structurally inserted into the political lexicon in Guyana. One of the concomitant consequences of the privileged position of power sharing in the media is that it makes a normal electoral mandate look illegitimate. That is a crucial step in the march to destabilization.

The next component has been to participate in the electoral process but at the same time to stultify GEOCOM’s activities. Timing is important here. The PNC began a while ago by intentionally sending contradictory messages about the elections due this year. The strategy has been to be part of the process, but to participate in such a way that an impasse looks inevitable. The PNC has achieved that by adopting various stalling tactics. In the meantime various PNC people and their associates, many of whom pose as academics, journalists, letter writers in the newspapers, T.V. commentators, and so on, have been “warning” that there will be violence.

The various elements of the general plan are now coming together. The PNC people on GEOCOM walked off the body recently. Their stated purpose for their withdrawal was that they do not like the “style of leadership” of Mr. Surujbally. What an astounding claim. Joseph, Williams and Parris discovered this after 139 Statuary Meetings with a man they themselves nominated.

Joseph also spoke of violence. Here he is – “We are not saying we are abandoning the nation to an uncertain faith.” Further the trio warned that “were they to continue with things as it is, it would lead to chaos, disharmony, and violence.” Now the very day they met with President Jagdeo about returning to GEOCOM was the very day Minister Sawh was assassinated.

Here is the key. The PNC trio had succeeded in bludgeoning the August 4th deadline for elections.

Having done that, the next step according to the script is to bring about a constitutional crisis. When the constitutional crisis is combined with massive fear, intimidation, “an uncertain faith” the PNC would say that the country is ungovernable. This is an old mantra of the PNC.

Once the country appears ungovernable, the PNC would then offer its hand in working things out, something otherwise known as – yes - “power sharing”.

This is how we should read Mr. Corbin’s invitation to meet. But notice also that the invitation came with an explicit threat – no one is safe. The logic of this statement should not be lost to the Government.

Mr. Corbin has issued a threat to national security on national television. The subterfuge is that he makes it sound like a prediction based on careful political analysis. If or when The Buxton Army is pressed into service, namely another killing, Mr. Corbin, the letter writers, and some so called pundits at media houses in Guyana would say – “see we were telling you all along”.

Then they would then follow that up with the usual amalgam of talking points relating to “winner take all,” and “shared governance” Those might very well accompany the obligatory opposition condolences, as was the case with the murder of Minister Sawh, his brother, sister, and bodyguard.

Caribbean Research Group
Silver Spring, MD, USA



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