VACCINE POLITICS – SHOUTING ‘FIRE’ IN A CROWDED CINEMA


News reports on June 17 reveal that 224,853 persons in Guyana, representing 46.2 percent of the targeted adult population had taken the COVID 19 vaccine. Of these 94,243 persons or 19.4 percent have taken the second dose. Region 10 with 14 percent lags far behind the other regions. In all except Region 8, which is at 29.6 percent, more that 40 percent have been vaccinated with at least one dose. Region 6 is at 54 percent and Region 1 is at 55.9 percent.

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TO RIGHT A TRAGIC WRONG – RESTORING WALTER RODNEY’S HUMANITY


The modest measures taken by the Government of Guyana, described in the announcement by Attorney General Anil Nandlall, “to right a tragic wrong,” marking the 41st anniversary of his assassination, are welcome. Too long, many will say, but they restored the humanity of one of Guyana’s most famous sons, Walter Rodney. His stature as a world class intellectual, scholar and revolutionary have been long established. His vast contribution the liberation of Guyana from authoritarian rule, and the liberation of all oppressed peoples, particularly Africans, in whose history he was an acknowledged expert, are recognized by grateful Guyanese. The corrective measures will restore the dignity with which Walter Rodney carried himself throughout his life. It is only in the country of his death, and birth, that every petty effort has been made by little people who cheated his family, his country and the world, of his life, to diminish him. They will never succeed.

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PROMISES, PROMISES


The PPP/C Government attained political office in circumstances in which the rule of law was under severe stress. The PPP and citizens of Guyana had to rely on the timely intervention of the Caribbean Court of Justice, the United States of America, Canada, Britain, Europe, Caricom, and the intrepid, courageous and resourceful diplomats of these countries resident in Guyana to ensure that democracy prevailed.

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ELECTION LEGISLATION REFORM


A letter from prominent citizens in SN last Friday called for consultation on electoral reforms. But drafting of the bill may have already commenced requiring the publication of the SOPs by GECOM immediately upon receipt and the creation of appropriate offences with severe penalties for election staff who violate election rules.

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IT TOOK LONGER THAN EXPECTED


It took longer than expected for the challenge to the jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to materialise. In expressing support for electoral reform in an interview on May 14, Leader of the PNCR and former President David Granger said that the Guyana Court of Appeal, and not the CCJ, should rule on electoral matters. Describing the foreign influence to be ‘phenomenal,’ ‘relentless’ and ‘toxic, he said that the ‘very strong’ Court of Appeal was competent to rule on electoral matters inside Guyana. If Mr. Granger was referring to the CCJ as foreign, he is badly mistaken. It is as indigenous as cook-up and pepperpot.

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