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Guyana’s administrative regions to hold consultations on flags, symbols; PPP rejects move

Guyana’s 10 administrative regions are Barima-Waini, Pomeroon-Supenaam, West Demerara-Essequibo Islands, Demerara- Mahaica, Mahaica-Berbice, East Berbice Corentyne, Mazaruni-Cuyuni, Potaro-Siparuni, Upper Takatu- Upper Essequibo, Upper Demerara- Berbice.

Plans are moving apace for several of Guyana’s 10 administrative regions to begin flying their regional flags later this year, even as the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has rejected the move for the seven regions that it controls.

Region Four Chairwoman, Genevieve Allen told Demerara Waves Online News that in keeping with a decision taken at the inaugural meeting of the National Regional Development Consultative Committee (NRDCC).

Allen said she would be tabling the proposal to the Region four Democratic Council (RDC) on Thursday , January 26, 2017 with the expectation that region-wide community consultations would begin early February and conclude in time for the April 30 to return to the NRDCC with a decision. She said the issue is not about the colours of the flags because those have been drawn from Guyana’s national flag, the Golden Arrowhead, but rather about the symbols.

In the case of the proposed Region Four flag, the symbol is Stabroek Market.

The Regional and Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairmen, Vice Chairmen, Mayors and Deputy Mayors from the seven PPP-controlled RDCs, towns and NDCs had boycotted that meeting, citing late invitations and no prior consultations about the NRDCC’s establishment. They have already expressed concern about the planned introduction of the regional flags. “These Regional Councils have opposed this and believe the event in question appears to be one contrived to impose these on the Regions,” the PPP said in a statement.

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday noted that the RDC elected officials have rejected the regional flags and other related symbols because they smack of segregation. “We made it clear. We do not want ten flags in Guyana. We don’t want to Balkanize Guyana. We don’t want flags and anthems for every region. We are Guyanese regardless of where we live and so the PPP is totally opposed to that,” he told a news conference.

The PPP won seven of Guyana’s 10 administrative regions at the 2015 general and regional elections as well as 48 of the 71 local authorities and three towns at last year’s local government elections.

Guyana’s 10 administrative regions are Barima-Waini, Pomeroon-Supenaam, West Demerara-Essequibo Islands, Demerara- Mahaica, Mahaica-Berbice, East Berbice Corentyne, Mazaruni-Cuyuni, Potaro-Siparuni, Upper Takatu- Upper Essequibo, Upper Demerara- Berbice.

  • I like the proposals; this can now open the way Regional Sports and other competition along Regional lines.
    The PPP is being shortsighted and is again displaying a woeful lack of imagination. They still want to control these bodies from Freedumb House ! What a backward strategy?
    All School Sports should now come under the regional Budgets and be organised along strictly Regional lines. This will now call for the Regional representatives of the Union (GTU )to seek better relationships with the regional Chairmen and Regional Executive Officers and plan accordingly. The Union should no longer remain the final arbiter in these games. Regions can now plan to improve Physical sports facilities.
    I would however have allowed the Regions some leeway in making contributions to the final flag colors and design….. albeit along some predetermined general suggestions,if only to avoid extreme divisiveness in the flags design.
    Granger ,like what is unfolding with Mr Trump…..still has some very myopic advisers who are still motivated by narrow problematic considerations.

    • rs dasai

      Burch
      You know that dem baays do not know how to govern, so they are passing the buck to the regions. Do not blame me, blame the regional chairman.

      • eddie

        you know what I pity people that like to be led and lack the balls to be independent for you all it’s dire strait if papa jagdeo is not holding you’ll hand and at the same time his hands is somewhere else and I don’t mean your pocket its in a more private place

  • rs dasai

    Ah nani
    Dr. Jagdeo’s name create sparks, eh?

  • Gtloyal

    Doing what is necessary to achieve decentralization should be a priority. If the PPP leadership does not want to cooperate, just ignore them.

  • Gtloyal

    Thank God. Better than narcs.

    • Charles Selman

      The issue of flags, of partisanship, etc. can go away. Follow Kwayana’s advice: PARTITION THE COUNTRY.
      Why are we afraid to do that. And make a part for dougla like myself.
      Selman

      • Gtloyal

        Wouldn’t it be better to grant citizenship to more Brazilians and other nationalities so we can dilute the two warring bloods here? I prefer them to many from here.

  • Gtloyal

    In every country of the world, the different administrative areas have their own flags. If those who oppose this want all of them to be together under their one well known leader, let them go find an iceberg where they can live happily ever after.

  • Gtloyal

    I won’t recommend such a boycott. Politicians would just ignore them and have a field day.

  • Col123

    Less one drowned clutching at his ak 47
    and the other freedom fighta brothas caught in crossfire..you loss the count…

  • Dax23

    How would regional flags give the regions more autonomy when central government is pulling the purse strings? This government just has no development plans so they use that as s diversion tactic as well as using financial resources that would certainly not bring economic benefits the the respective regions or the country as a whole. On the contrary, it would create more division between and among the various regions as each would have their sense of loyalty to their region instead of the country. Should this plan go ahead, the possible scenario is Venezuela walking in and raising their own flag over the Essequibo

  • Charles Selman

    Old Daag, you sound like young puppy. You ain’t old enough to recall it was Eusi Kwayana who advocated partition. He is an older Daag.
    Selman