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PPP boycotts regional consultative committee launch; Granger calls move “pettiness”

Chairmen of the seven People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-controlled administrative regions on Friday boycotted the launch of National Regional Development Consultative Committee (NRDCC), a move that angered government.

Three mayors from the predominantly PPP towns also did not attend the inaugural NRDCC meeting that was held at the Marriott Hotel.

The PPP said the Regional Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Mayors and Deputy Mayors were given very short notices about the first NRDCC meeting and they were not consulted beforehand about that event.  While the PPP said those elected officials were willing to meet with Local Government Minister, Ronald Bulkan to discuss the Committee, they vowed not to participate in any event that would dilute the elected bodies. “These elected Regional and Municipal leaders also stated that they will not endorse attempts to create any body which will impinge on or dilute the Constitutional and legal power and authority of these elected Councils,” the PPP said.

For his part, President David Granger weighed in on the PPP’s boycott saying that those elected officials’ absence run counter to the prospects of Regional Democratic Councils contributing to overall national development. “RDCs, therefore, possess enormous power to do good if only they can overcome their pettiness and their prejudices which we see on display today by the absence of the PPP-dominated Regional Democratic Councils,” the Guyanese leader said.

The President said  the NRDCC would be purely consultative and could not usurp the roles of the RDCs,  Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and Village Councils. “They just provide the mechanism for the Chairpersons to come together to communicate,” he said.

The Local Government Minister  assured that government is keen on ensuring that ordinary people at the local level make their own decisions in job-creation and self-reliance to promote economic development, empowerment of the people and provide quality public goods and services. “We stand against the thought of anyone or any group of Guyanese feeling like second class citizens. Instead, the administration supports cohesion given the social fissure that exists and a system of governance that allows for diffusion and decentralization of decision-making power within the constitutional framework,” he said.

Bulkan slammed the PPP’s reasons for not participating in the inaugural committee meeting.  “The arguments that were advanced are specious, baseless and in my view provocative. Given that these officers in particular are public officers, I do not think that it is unfair for me to say that there is a certain degree of insubordination as well in the actions of these officers,” he said.

Bulkan, at the same time, promised that central government would continue to offer cooperation and collaboration to all the democratic institutions that are provided for in Guyana’s Constitution. He said it was regrettable that the PPP representatives were absent from the forum whose aim is to design strategies to combat obstacles to development such as crime, disease, ignorance and poverty.  “With this in mind it is indeed regrettable to acknowledge the absence of so many of our regional leaders,” he said.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communities (Local Government), the NRDCC seeks to promote greater communication and collaboration among local democratic organisations, develop guidelines for the finance committees of those organs, financial oversight, promote regional development and networking among regional national and multinational stakeholders.

  • ExPPP_Man

    There are two sides to this story. Were the RDC’s consulted and advise about this new council ?

  • Col123

    Grangie can pull a trump… lock them up!!!… the arena widens!!!… you can figure the opening event!

  • Gtloyal

    Obviously this was an order from the PPP leadership. The people and GoG has to understand and deal with the fact that at this point in our history, the purpose of the PPP is to generate a climate of ingovernability and transfer this (hoped for) instability to the regional system and subsystems, regardless of the negative consequences it may have on the people. Seeing the poor suffer means nothing to them. Their aim is to get back in power and anarchy is an option to these unscrupulous persons. They are salivating at the mere thought of getting their hands on the soon to come petrodollars. Stupidly, the regional politicians follow with their own hopes of future benefit from the PPP’s get rich quick scheme.

    • Col123

      Try freedom fighters GT..it is not difficult to figure who does what in Guyana when you speak of instability and cooperation.. open up those filters… loyalty can lead to blindness!

      • Gtloyal

        What does your side call it? Apaan jhaat?
        And it gives you the right to rule the others, right? Well, keep on dreaming.
        Those of you who see no need to cooperate, can stay where you are, drooling as you dream of the petrodollars.
        This country is called Guyana. It has a democratically elected government, governing for the people and one that will not tolerate lawlessness.
        And … if your leader was permitting his followers to think, I would have sourced some gray matter for you guys … but then, with your craneo-rectal inversion ailment, you may not know where to put it!

        • Col123

          I addressed your premise of “ingovernability” ..and ” instability “..whatever that means … you find it necessary to stick your head in my ass..you find comfort in hiding in weird places from the point bro!…

          • Gtloyal

            It is known that some in your clan are fervent practitioners of sticking things up there where you mention but sorry, we decline to oblige you the pleasure.
            With respect to the forum I take leave of your kind.

    • rudeo

      petro dollars already willed to pnc boys and girls

      • Gtloyal

        Considering our recent history, I could say “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander…” but I won’t, so don’t throw a fit … you will have your rightful share.
        There are some of you who can’t keep your hands in your own pockets … and are already bald from pulling out your hair.

        • eddie

          There are some of you who can’t keep your hands in your own pockets ..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SERIOUS ,,,, you ever walk in GT and see who master the art of that,,, and for your inclination on dem bai you and you party keep pleating that accusation of all these theft and guess what you running the show with all those investigation and audit and cant show shit for it ,,,, so I guess it is the new world order JUST USE ALTERNATIVE FACTS

          • Gtloyal

            I walk past pradoville at times and see.
            Those same audits will soon have many balling because they can’t participate in elections..

          • eddie

            I walk past pradoville at times and see. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nah that is what you guys good at envy other people success…….

            Those same audits will soon have many balling because they can’t participate in elections..
            ask all you other buddies they are crowing the same thing and shit cant stick on the wall because that was it was all accusation ,,,, you don’t believe me ask them about Omar Sharif you have nincompoop running the show,,,when you find someone that have money of that magnitude that raise all the flags that you can think of they screw it up speak volume of there competence

          • Gtloyal

            Sorry pal. I can’t say that it’s good to see you suffer. If you had been honest while in government you wouldn’t have been out in the cold fretting because you can’t do a thing about nothing. You have to learn to live with the fact that those nincompoops are now your leaders. Live on bro.

    • FDG

      Sounds just like the declared strategy used by the current government while in opposition …..

  • rs dasai

    Burch
    Now, tell us what those ‘batch mates’ said about ‘Burnham days’.

  • Gtloyal

    Wasn’t it for the seriousness of the matters, at times of national interest, that we discuss here, it would have been exhilarating just to draw the rats out of their holes to gall them some.

    • eddie

      national interest !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! whoa what happen pre 1992 least we forget the rat hole the PPP has taken us out of,,, tell me something that was made in never mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

      • Gtloyal

        The PPP has what?
        You heard that lie so many times that you believe it. But that’s not surprising. Its expected of a follower.
        For your information, it was H. D. Hoyte of the PNC that started the economic turn around of Guyana … a truth that hurts many of you.

        • eddie

          and LFS is the Founder of Great Britain,,,,,,,, tell me something that was made in never mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

          • Gtloyal

            “HDH did not start the turn around he was instructed to do so by the IMF ….” You said it. Instructed by whatever, or whoever, the fact is that he initiated the recovery. His decision it was.
            Post ’92, the most notable contribution to what you term “development” was from a narco driven parallel economy. Many of those that you admire, and that were the driving force behind your much touted economy were really criminals pushing prohibited substances with the tacit consent of the then ruling class. By insisting that that past economic model continue, you are saying that we must survive as a nation blacklisted by the rest of the world. That’s one up for your patriotism.

          • eddie

            I always give credit to HDH for starting the program but I guess your shortsightedness prevent you from seeing that but what the hell I don’t expect anything better from you,,,, for the drug trade I never doubt that illicit and disgusting practice was done in Guyana and condone by the past government but when you paint the big brush I notice that you leave your comrade out of the picture,,, also you forget to mention that the past government have put together a little clique and make themselves the elite ( friends and family) and forget the masses
            and they deserve to be on the sideline and will remain there until they grow a pair of balls in choosing a new leader ( I do hope that last statement anointed your bruised ego and slanted view that I really don’t care who rule Guyana “whatever race” but the interest of the Guyanese for once be the priority of any government and if you can truly tell me that this government is not operating from the same playbook of the past government then is people like you that embolden them and make the rest of us suffer because of your twisted vision) I will not even entertain you anymore in the visa exodus because I know deep down in your soul you know the truth

          • Gtloyal

            Yesterday you wrote: “HDH did not start the turn around he was instructed to do so by the IMF and I am waiting for you to show one result that he achieve with the dead treasury that his people had pilfer ,,, ”
            Today: “I always give credit to HDH for starting the program ….”
            When people can contradict themselves like this … or rather, lie to themselves and believe it … it would be futile to reason with them.
            So, enjoy the weekend.

          • eddie

            one more of the mo5ran I have to educate,,, I stand by my statement that he was instructed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he did not had to do it, but went ahead and did it albeit his ego and I will applauded anyone for that ( just so you remember it was not the PPP that was in government and he was not taking this action to salvage a thriving economy LOLLLLLLLLLLL , it was something that you’ll buggerup and what this government is on course to do again ,,,, now cassava bread I hope I did not hut u ead ,,, if you want to reason with me get my dam blunt with some ital. so we can do some serious reasoning

          • Gtloyal

            Your only option is to tell yourself that you know a lot and that that gives you the right to insult. So silly. As such you can pursue your path.
            BTW, that word you use … “buggerup” … it is associated with your political idols, not us … and you know why.
            Whether you like it or not, the coalition is here to govern this country because of the wrongs of those you admire.
            Since you’re losing your calm and resorting to insults, go thy way in peace.

          • eddie

            like you forget trotty then again look who I am asking to see the light gwan da side

          • Gtloyal

            For your education, the Webster dictionary says: The donkey, or ass, has often been accused of stubborn, willful, and stupid behavior lacking in logic and common sense. Asinine behavior exhibits similar qualities. Idiotic or rude remarks, aggressive stupidity, and general immaturity can all earn someone (usually a man) this description.
            Now I have a reason to say “gwan da side”. Your replies are not worthy of reading, so I won’t.

          • eddie

            LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you did not read my comment but give a reply now he not only a dunce, he want you to believe he is a comedian sail on cowboy I do hope trotty snag you so you’ll can play captain and sailor LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL you like pelt shit but play stupiidy when it throw back at you, well guess what if you don’t address it will stick on you and smell

  • eddie

    no sir,,, we don’t need a village to raise our kids it our dam responsibility…. so get your priority straight or should i say context when you want to throw a quote around