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The usual politricks of Race in Guyana. The PPP must be setting up for early elections.

Ramotar rallies supporters against opposition
Written by Denis Scott Chabrol
Monday, 06 May 2013 21:53
President Donald Ramotar on Monday rallied his East Indian support-base in East Berbice warning them that food shortages could return if the opposition regains power.
He was at the time at the Albion Community Centre Ground addressing the opening of an International Mela organised by the Indian Arrival Committee (IAC), regarded in some quarters as a governing Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) front group. The event was held in honour of the 175th anniversary of the arrival of East Indians to Guyana to work as indentured labourers.
He appealed for unity to prevent the progress made so far from being reversed. “Never again to return when we couldn’t have flour and bread and roti in our shops or we could not have split peas for our dhal or we could not have potatoes for our function,” he said. “Never again must we allow Guyana to return to those days.”
Those were among several food items that had been either banned or restricted in the 1980s during the Forbes Burnham-led PNC administration. His socialist experiment had been advocating a ‘Buy Local’ and ‘Grow More Food’ campaign at a time when the foreign exchange coffers were empty, partly due to economic mismanagement and oil shocks of the 1970s. After Burnham died in August 1985, his successor Desmond Hoyte rapidly switched to market-driven policies with the help of bilateral donors and regional and major International Financial Institutions (IFIs).Soon after, several state enterprises were sold out and import restrictions lifted.

Against the background of a more than GUY$30 billion cut in the 2013 National Budget by the combined one-seat majority opposition made up of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC), he reminded supporters that the opposition was the Peoples National Congress Reform (PNCR) in disguise.
“We see the trend. The two parties they are not acting like two parties in the Parliament. They are acting as one and what we said in the elections campaign that the AFC is the other side of the same coin as the PNC, we are beginning to see that as a reality,” he said.
He vowed to ensure that the cut monies are restored so that the rebuilding of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport terminal building and extension of its runway, construction of the Amaila Falls hydropower scheme and the building of the Marriott Hotel will materialise.
“We’ll do everything we can to ensure we restore the budget to its original position so that our people can have development,” he said.
In view of concerns about poor drainage, bad drainage and unsanitary conditions in some communities, he pledged that his government would remedy once its gets monies from the coffers to improve the quality of life. “These are the things that we intend to tackle,” he said.
He said permanent lights would be installed at the Albion Community Centre Ground by August and the stands rebuilt to discourage youths away from criminal activities and drug use. “We know that in fighting against some of the negative aspects of crime and drugs that sports can play an important role in that regard and we want to that so that our people can have a higher quality of life,” he said.