Guyana – Ethnocracy, Oil and the Constitution – By Verian Mentis-Barker


There is a feeling of unease in the political firmament.

Bharat Jagdeo has been elected General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and simultaneously confirmed what had been speculated for months – there will be a consolidation of his party’s leadership with that of his leadership of the Political Opposition…confirming that his Opposition will be operating more from a position of partisan ideology than national well being.

There is just cause for concern here.

It was under him that corruption became an industry, to the extent that thugs became payroll bankers  and politicians became fabulously rich –  not from inheritance or work with compensatory remuneration. He was at the helm when Guyana was assigned a solid rank on the corruption perception index, hitting all the high points of socio economic decomposition and he was there,too, when the job force had the lowest Afro Guyanese percentage in decades.    [Read more]


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  • Ron Saywack  On February 14, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    “It was under him (Jagdeo) that corruption became an industry, to the extent that thugs became payroll bankers and politicians became fabulously rich …”

    ““A person shall hold the office of President for a maximum of two (2) terms and those terms shall be consecutive”. It read, instead: “A person elected as President after the year 2000 is eligible for re-election only once.” Forbes was good at constitutional manipulations.

    It appears that not much has changed in Guyanese politics in 50 years.

    When it comes to corruption, I’m curious as to why the author fails to reference the “Commander-in-Chief” of the art — one named Linden Forbes Samson Burnham. Yes, that Burnham.

    I shall refrain from entering a lengthy dissertation on the subject matter here as this medium is not conducive to such expansive discourses since most readers prefer that you keep it short and sweet.

    However, I strongly encourage the author (and readers) to do a bit of research on the 21-year authoritarian rule of the late mesmeric and articulate Forbes Burnham.

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