Dear Editor,
Please allow me to comment on Mr Lincoln Lewis’s latest letter, published in another section of the media on January 07,2021 under the heading, “Let Sam Hinds show this nation what it is done for the communities in Africa. ”
A good leader has a clear picture of future outcomes, and aligns organization
strategy with that vision. A leader must be very familiar with the ending
destination – something Stephen Covey refers to as “Keep the End in”.
I was surprised by this statement, which sparked curiosity and interest in the truth. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with PM Sam Hinds while at the Aluminum and Steam Power Plant, and it is surprising that Mr Lewis would say, “Let Sam Hinds show this nation what he has done for the communities in Africa ”.
We are all Guyanese, Mr Lewis; and as a Guyanese living in Linden in the 80s, one would have a clear understanding of the discrimination that Mr Sam Hinds went through under the hands of the PNC and Guymine leadership because he stepped out of the norm of blindly supporting and pursuing PNC . Many workers will remember that even his privileged vehicle was taken away, leaving him to walk from home to work. However, he stood his ground and showed the many workers that he was a true leader.
Calling Mr Hinds a “rubber stamp” is inadvertent. If there is one thing I learned about leadership, there is no leader without at least one follower; that is clear. In fact, the differences among followers in groups and organizations are just as consequential as those among leaders.
As Mr Hinds continues to serve the bauxite industry as a chemical engineer with responsibility for the Alum plant, incidentally, “Alum” (aluminum sulphate) is a nontoxic liquid commonly used in water treatment works to explain drinking water. This was a product of Mr Sam Hinds research in the 80s, and was used to reduce the amount of phosphorus in the water at most water treatment works throughout Guyana.
Sam Hinds, the frontline activist of the Civic Group, was considered by the PNC spearhead by many Lindeners, but that never stopped him from forming an alliance with the People’s Progressive Party, which showed strength.
The facts always tell a different story.
His leadership style and approach were the most striking, as there are of course the connections that can be drawn between his political reputation and his historical legacy, including the remarkable charisma that unites them. Sam Hinds has embodied a quality of “individual personality… set apart from ordinary men,” defined as the charisma of a great leader. He was well aware that from the beginning of his leadership, his good leadership could help discover, consolidate and preserve the traditions of democracy for our country. At the same time, it found that it could represent important sources of inspiration and legitimacy for our Region 10 and other communities. Moreover, seeing this, he was open to molding his own symbol or iconic status – he always wanted to play into the ways in which his own life or biography could be seen as the basis of Guyana’s long road to development under the PPP / C.
As Prime Minister, Mr Sam Hinds shared a keen sense of the power of the word and symbol of advocacy and verbal protection, which had derived strength and inspiration from his African ancestry, and was often acknowledged as having accepted his black identity. so fundamental to his make-up that he can step up as the representative and leader of every race. The pride in his background and traditions, created through his upbringing, was crucial to the resilience he showed in resisting the political turmoil he went through in the PNC-led boxer company in the early 80s, felt that he could speak for all Guyanese; therefore, not only his African descent, but the way he embraced it were key catalysts in the mix of character, charisma, and achievement that underpinned his leadership. Here is a Prime Minister and President-in-waiting proclaiming himself to the world and to his compatriots who contested as a man proceeding cautiously, yet full of hope. His leadership will be a lasting example of good governance, tolerance and solidarity. So we can point out that the relevance and socio-cultural and socio-political legacy of Sam Hinds is a great lesson for all Guyanese sons and daughters.
Therefore, it cannot be assumed that the PPP / C policies will serve Guyana proportionately if not all of Guyana is involved. To keep Guyana’s democracy healthy, the PPP / C has prioritized an active campaign towards national reconciliation, in which the Guyanese citizen themselves and all political parties must be proactive in addressing the situation over the political divisions of the country. This means that the PPP / C and the APNU + AFC coalition not only need to extend offerings to work together, but also have to incorporate the smaller parties and civil society actors to participate in the process of foster national dialogue. This was demonstrated by our President, Dr Ali, when he invited former APNU-AFC President, Mr David Granger, to a work lunch, and the latter refused. This may have been instrumental in producing policies that benefit all Guyanese.
So one must not ask what the other has done for a “Division of the population”. Any Guyana Prime Minister must have the interest of all Guyanese citizens at heart.

David Adams

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