Hot Topics in Guyana; Trump the Parking Meters – by Francis Quamina Farrier
Over the past month, (January/February 2017) I have been accessing what is the most popular talking point by Guyanese here in Guyana. Certainly there is a tie with the actions of the new American President, Donald Trump, in the White House, and the actions of Guyanese who are for and against the recently installed Parking Meters in Georgetown. These two “Hot Topics” are discussed everywhere you go in this beautiful English-speaking country.
Now I’ve decided to write this brief report on the controversial Parking Meters issue here in Guyana, since the other issue of the recently installed American President, is international and is the talking point all around the globe. I’ll also post some photographs related to the controversial Georgetown Parking Meters, especially for those Guyanese who reside abroad; but more especially, those who have not been home for many years; not even for the Jubilee Year 2016.
Everywhere one turns in Guyana, especially in the capital city of Georgetown, people are talking about the controversial Parking Meters; and I can tell you, most seem to be against the deal and the way it was presented (or not presented) to the Guyanese People. That is not because Guyanese are against progress, but most peace-loving, law-abiding Guyanese, want the kind of progress which is above board, and done with transparency. Citizens who give respect, want to be shown respect by those in authority. That for them is an integral part of the “Good Life” package.
Many citizens are speaking up against the arrogance being displayed by some Power Brokers. There is this open lack of respect displayed by some who are in high office, for the ordinary citizen. Citizens have noticed that even some secretaries of the powerful, display an attitude when dealing with the Public. Their tone of voice and body language indicate a lack of interest in what the visitor to the office is there for. Even in some police stations, the officer on duty displays a total lack of genuine interest for what a visitor has to say. I’ve personally done surveys over the past five years, and it is very disappointing how many Police Ranks at Police Stations, welcome a visitor; someone who is law-abiding and who might be there to give important information in the fight against crime.
But back to the issue of the Parking Meters which were recently installed in sections of Georgetown. Inanimate objects, they tell their own story, as they are shunned by the majority of vehicle owners. They feel dejected and ostracized by a large section of the Guyanese people. Here now are some photographs which were taken early February 2017, and which highlight the Georgetown Parking Meter fiasco.
Schools and Houses of worship protested and this is as far as the Parking Meter outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Brickdam got; only the base.
Resistance continues against the Parking Meter Contract