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Lack of national unity has impaired development – Pres Granger

President David Granger addressing Parliament

President David Granger addressing Parliament

Guyana’s 50th year of Independence should be seen as a tool to perpetuate national unity and Guyana’s political sphere has an important role to play in promoting such an advent.

This is according to President David Granger who made the statement as he addressed Guyana’s Parliament on Thursday May 12.

The President indicated that over the last 50 years the absence of National Unity has done nothing but promote strife adding that it is now time for a change.

“We have a country to develop, a territory to defend and the prospect of prosperity to be pursued,” the President stated as he opened his speech in Parliament.

“The absence of national unity has impaired national development it has led to the trickle of migration…it contributes to national and political fatigue,” Mr Granger added.

He made it clear that the National Assembly must take the first steps on the long road to social cohesion and political inclusion.

This can be done by repairing damage done in the past and restoring trust

“We can construct a more cohesive society by doing more to eradicate” poverty, the President noted adding that addressing issues of gender equity and access to information.

Referring to social disunity, the President stated “that system belongs to the past…it is now dangerously fatal,” noting “let us use this special year to usher in an era of social peace…use the Opportunity of Guyana’s 50th anniversary to unite our people.”

  • george wiltshire

    How can we have cohesion with Jagdeo and his cabal entrenched in Parliament. His shenanigans is to impress the uninformed that the cabal is going back to power. Get rid of those bent on mischief and watch Guyana move.

    • rs dasai

      gw
      ‘lack of national unity’ says it all.

    • Col123

      gw…This is where the “rubber meets the road ” in Guyanese politics…and what in the world do you mean by “the un-informed cabal?…apan jaat goes both ways bro with the PPP and PNC…explain further what do you mean by “getting rid of those bent on mischief”….Guyana is for ALL Guyanese!!!last I know is that we are not Cuba or North Korea!…..

  • Emile_Mervin

    Lack of unity? Okay!
    What about lack of leadership?

    Guyanese are like sheep, politically speaking, so if there is national disunity it is because Guyanese are mindlessly following political leaders who appeal to race for support and votes.

    I will have faith in national unity when an Amerindian runs for President and wins! After all, the British brought Blacks as slaves and Indians as indentured servants, yet the descendants of slaves and servants would do up fighting for power, while the Amerindians who were in Guyana before any of the aforementioned folks, are made dependents on the benevolence of the race-card political players.

    The Cummingsburg Accord was supposed to help set the stage for national unity, yet it has been largely ignored. National unity is a fleeting illusion…to be pursued but never attained!

    • ExPPP_Man

      For the first time I mostly agree with you. First thing – the Prime Minister who is responsible for governance does not speak to 7 of the 10 Regional Leadership, trying to sideline and belittle the good offices of the Regional Chairmen and Vice Chairmen/Women is really divisive. Whenever the President visits these regions he does not invite these regional leaders. That is a decelerate act of a disunity. So how he going to even talk about unity is besides me.

    • Col123

      Well said EM…Unfortunately after a year…the “new broom “is unable or lack the ability to sweep clean ..

    • eddie

      this president leadership is sorely missing, I have to applauded him for not hogging the spotlight but by god he need to be more assertive and push back at the old stalwart in his party that only have vengeance on there mind and only then can he preach to the nation about unity and not let there action betray his vision for unity

  • KassemB

    ‘Lack of national unity has impaired development – Pres Granger’
    When do you realise that?
    What have you done since coming to power a year ago?
    How many turfed out of state employment
    How many change of directors and CEO since coming to Office?
    What are their political allegiance?
    Big Joe did not breech any Code of Conduct
    What leadership can we expect from you on the issue of national unity?

  • Ricardo.Diaz70@hotmail.com

    Speaker refuses amendment to Rodney CoI motion BUT U WANT NATIONAL UNITY.

    • Col123

      The Speaker is well paid…Why in hell should he care?…

  • rs dasai

    Scotti.
    Beam up. I agree with you that ‘they’ listen to Jagdeo & Ramoutar.
    But who ‘dem’ listen to? Same crap from different crappers?

  • Col123

    The Hon Pres plans for political unity: Plan a: coalition with the AFC and drag the PPP with a chain behind a moving truck…pass
    Plan b: bloody the PPP and its supporter employed in govt… pass
    Plan c: make plans with FORENSIC audits to hold the PPP in front the doors of prison…no guts to proceed with plan.
    Plan d: preach consistently about political unity… ongoing.
    Plan e: wait until 2020 to give the PPP four right uppercuts and two punches to kidneys for a knockout until 2050..

    • MEMES Unlimited

      Nice plans a – d….as you said, ongoing. Plan e is ominous, with the knock out combination….are you, maybe, projecting that we could be stuck with this until 2050…OMG!!!

      • Col123

        Elections going forward will be rigged…The ABC elites don’t care squat about a bunch of colored folks…they don’t even care about their own. Guyanese are an ignorant lot suffering from ethnic qualitative superiority (common world wide)… there are even “douglas” of Guyanese origin who argue about being more “black” or more “indian”…and who is better than the other…This is the level of Guyanese ethnic thinking…read those posts in SN…

  • Col123

    What witch hunt?…Guyana has “old haige”..

  • eddie

    well if listening to jagdeo and ramoutar at the bottom house is wrong why is it this government is doing the exact thing and get a free pass is that your way of accountability,,, is not a coincident this country is in such a shit hole because of people like you and to cap it off you used to lambast jagdeo as a dicataor only to turn around and make your hero burnham out to be a saint,,, I am just curious which hole these thought is coming out from

  • eddie

    word of wisdom!!!!!!!!!!!! finally we have someone that is willing to call a ace of spade for what it is,,, thank you sir for this good breath of fresh air because it give me hope that our country still have people that have sanity, wisdom and moral value and is willing to state what is good for the country regardless of color, creed or party affiliation

  • Surujpaul Rampersaud

    Thumbs up to you. The president is asking for what he never gave. Let us see if the PPP will be more patriotic in the opposition or just play tit for tat.

    • Col123

      Suruj…why should the PPP do anything?….this is politicing at a high level…patriotism has nothing to do with it!…

      • Surujpaul Rampersaud

        Col, while the elephants are fighting the lesser animals are being trampled. My view of the opposition is not ” opposition for opposition sake”. The are multiple issues where opposition can give support. The Granger led government, if it is smart enough will work on issues where there can be consensus and leave the more contemptuous ones for later. This idea of going it alone will take us no where. You just cannot side line the 49% that voted for the opposition.

        • Col123

          Credible views Suruj…but it is what it is…the 49% still does not have a say…come to think about it…even Mr Nag does not have a say…lesser animals maybe by nature, is meant for trampling in this world…

  • MEMES Unlimited

    Word!!!!