… On democratic rules The world looked on in utter disbelief on Wednesday as violent crowds invaded Capitol Hill – home of the US Congress. They believed Trump’s insistent tweets that the Nov. 3 election had been rigged by his Democratic opponents supported Biden. At the time, the Electoral College – that highly American institution designed to suppress “mob rule” – was meeting to confirm the results. The count had to be abandoned as one invader was shot dead and 3 others died from medical emergencies. Even the politicians from the Republican Party, who had been involved in increasingly polar politics in the last 4 years, couldn’t believe it would come to this. One Virginia Congressman, Representative Abigail Spanberger, said, “The scene we saw on Capitol Hill – the crackling, the shouting, the screaming, the calls to get into the United States Congress chamber – those are the kinds of things that it takes place in Third World nations. “Former Republican President George Bush said the attack on the US Capitol was” sick and depressing “and” how disputed elections are in banana republics – not our democratic republic. ” It was called a “rebellion” – a violent rebellion against government. They could also, of course, be comparing the shameful violence of the crowd with what happened under the PNC shenanigans in Guyana after the March 2 elections. After Mingo’s apparent rigging attempt was dismissed at the ticket, they insists that “thousands and thousands of migrant and dead voters voted for the PPP.” Even after GECOM declared that the PPP had won, the PNC still has not admitted that they have lost. They have filed two election petitions in the Courts, which are due to be heard in a few weeks. But, as we know to our detriment, the PNC is notorious for bringing their supporters before the courts when the courts are ready to hand down decisions. Back in 1998, challenging an order against a potentially terrorist assembly, PNC leader Hoyte had stated, “There is no way on earth that a Government can prevent us from protesting this highly fraudulent election!” The January 12th riots erupted appropriately in front of the High Courts by PNC supporters assembling Hoyte after GECOM Chairman Doodnauth Singh declared the PPP winner of the elections. Chief Justice Desiree Bernard had ruled that local courts are precluded from questioning the appointment of a president once the statement is made officially. Your Eyewitness hopes that this time, the PNC under Granger would follow Trump’s lead, which finally surrendered to defeat. “Although I totally disagree with the election result, and the facts draw me out, there will nevertheless be an orderly transfer on January 20th.” But he’s not holding his breath!
… On achievements After being pulled up by former President and Prime Minister Sam Hinds over his boorish riposte to criticism of his (and other African-Guyanese) excusing PNC rigging, Lincoln Lewis demanded Mr Hinds say what he had ‘ to do for Africa-Guyanese !! Lewis suggests, of course, that Hinds had done nothing for them since he held office with the PPP between 1992 and 2015. This, of course, fits with the rhetoric of the APNU and their camp followers like Lewis : that the PPP only helped an Indian. -Guyanese. The question Lincoln Lewis should have asked is: What had the PNC done to African-Guyanese in their 33 years in power? When they occupied Guyana in 1964, it was the same with all the best countries in the West Indies. When they were thrown out after 28 years of rigging, all Guyana – but especially African-Guyanese – were hovering uncertainly just above Haiti !! But under the PPP with Hinds, within one decade, more African-Guyanese had escaped poverty than Indian-Guyanese! That’s what HIES 1992 and 1999 showed!
… On prosecution While there appear to be some who would have swept the beating and the robberies given to supposed supporters of the PPP in West Berbice under the rug, justice must be served!