December 14, 2017

Guyanese youths are being sidelined

Dear Editor,
It is clear to everyone with an objective mind that the President is stacking the deck of likeminded stagnated thinkers to achieve a desired result that has nothing to do with Guyanese.
If you look at all the positions being filled to control the democratic process, the President has arbitrarily selected people that would do what his Government wants. It does not help that they are clearly too old to be progressive thinkers to consider the interest of the youth.
Never since Burnham have the youth been sidelined by a Government like this one. The recent causality of Granger’s questionable decision to select another geriatric for a critical post in our democratic system is the AFC. Prior to this, he arbitrarily selected an 84-year-old GECOM Chairman who will be 88 years old in 2020.
This is not an attack on age, but an insight to the President’s lack of progressive vision, and his blatant disregard for the promises that had been made to the young people of Guyana.
AFC is now crying that the President has rejected their nominee for GECOM Commissioner, since it was their way of saying that the coalition supports the youth, but instead, the President chose another clearly older member for the role. The AFC will now understand what many have been saying from day one: that they are voiceless and powerless. The only voice they have is when they are attacking the PPP. But when it comes to the inner workings of running the country, they are decoration.
I am hard pressed to think that Granger is acting in the interest of the average Guyanese, but more in the interest to position themselves as the most favoured to foreign interest. They are simply making themselves to be the best servants to their foreign master’s needs. And in this process, you will see a lot of propaganda that creates the perception of care for the people, but in reality, our resources will be sold cheaply, and they will keep getting bonuses while marginalizing the people.
All indications point to Guyana being the newest victim of the resource curse. It starts with a puppet Government that would create a few super rich, a powerful autocracy, and increase poverty to keep the people weak and voiceless.
I urge my young Guyanese brothers and sisters to know the teachings of Walter Rodney. You have seen how he has inspired young legends like Chronixx, whom you admire as he inspires millions around the world. Well Chronixx got that knowledge from a Guyanese, and his name is Rodney.

Sincerely,
Malcolm Watkins