for PPP top post? This is the best news for PPP politics since
the 1992 elections. Now, the public is going to see for the first
time since the early Jagan-Burnham fistfights for the PPP, the
public tug-of-war for this historic
but failed party.
Why is this great
news? First, parties should not grant lifetime membership to leaders
as we do. By having choices, we are promoting democracy and forcing
the best candidate to be top choice as opposed to the only candidate.
Rotation of candidates is absolutely needed in politics, especially
where failed leaders refuse to go into exile. Since the fifties,
Jagan’s PPP has had 3 presidential candidates. Three (all
basically the same) in about 50 years! The US Democratic party
has had about 8.
very core of political ideology in Guyana with the PPP and PNC
needs tremendous revamping. Ideally, the almost total dismantling
of both parties, as we have known them, is required. But that
aside momentarily, the Nagamootoo-Jagdeo contest is a good prelude.
It is truly time for the public to see what Mr. Nagamootoo is
capable of. As a mere party member, someone of his status is not
enough. In fact, it’s nothing.
Now, the PPP leaders
will have to scramble to combat in a new front, as if GIHA and
ROAR are not enough trouble. The PNC hasn’t been a real
threat in common electoral terms since PPP supporters don't vote
PPP, but rather, vote against PNC. This makes the Nagamootoo-Jagdeo
fight as top bill on the program.
This is not the
first time we have seen this fight. When Dr. Jagan died, mourning
was not the only thing happening at Freedom House. The ocean was
being divided. Moses was ascending and then he fell, like that
fictional angel-become-devil. Moses once received the second highest
number of votes among PPP delegates at a PPP Congress; yet, he
was booted from top positions in the PPP Executive Committee (EC)
of 15 members. The Central Committee (CC) ganged up on Moses.
This was election rigging, or as the President would have it,
power gained via the “backdoor.”
Once again, Moses
is facing the ocean with mighty Ramses and his entire army of
chariots, soldiers, construction companies, and savvy business
folks. Will God help Moses the way Lord Krishna helped Arjuna?
Will Moses crumble with humility like Arjuna when he sees his
friends on the other side? Time will tell. But it will take more
than the hand of God to help Moses lead his supporters from bondage
into a promise land. Not even a promise of land from him to his
supporters will be enough to bring victory.
Moses will need
the help of the PPP rebels, particularly the Section “K”
Campbellville Group. This would be a good “staff”
for Moses. Top female PPP leaders/members (with one exception)
must join Moses and have more women in the CC and EC, with them
having voting rights and not mere right to speak (the consolation
recently given by the Jagdeo-Jagan team). The PPP must stop being
anti-women. It has failed to help women in Guyana. The PPP voter
most beaten and violated daily is the women; the victims most
violated during the crime blitz were Indian women.
must move away from the Jagdeo administration, even if their husbands
vote for Jagdeo. The vote is not about the husband; it is an individual
choice. The vote is the women’s right to be a woman. Young
women must encourage this by setting the example. This is their
time. They are the one most vulnerable than all other Guyanese
today. Older women must strop having their sons as mere targets
for kidnapping. ROAR and GIHA must receive the respect that the
Jagdeo team has tried to deny so vehemently. Moses must know that
there will be no room for talks of Indians absorbing pain and
such like. No room for the shallowness given to Annandale. Let
there be no misunderstanding about this.
candidacy may be the only way to implement other critical chances
like replacing a “Marxism/Leninism” ideology with
a “democratic centralism” one, and bringing transparency
and accountability to a party that is like a hidden cave. This
is why Freedoms House seems like a scary house closed to the public
than one of access and “freedom.” Further, more committee
seats must be allocated to Berbice and Essequibo and away from
those who reside in G/town-Demerara.
the end, it is the public that must topple President Jagdeo from
his formidable corner in the PPP. PPP supporters have allowed
PPP leaders to do as they pleased for too long. This happened
at the Rose Hall Congress when the Cambellville Group was kicked
aside, and when women were denied certain voting rights; this
is evident today in the prevalency of race-crime against Indians
such as the kidnapping of the taxi driver from Non Pariel who
is still to be found. This nonsense with the PPP leadership has
to stop. As the Jagdeo team starts to garnish support via promises,
the PPP voting public must act up now by asking Nagamootoo for
the details of his plan.