GEORGETOWN, Guyana, January 23, 2023 - Shadow Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Roysdale Forde, S.C., says Guyanese must unite and rally against the pervasive injustices, wrongs, and government’s mismanagement of the economy, which he said has seen an increase in prices and the corresponding reduction in purchasing power.
Appearing recently on Sherrod Duncan’s ‘In the Ring’ show, Forde said “The PPP is not committed to the ordinary Guyanese people, so don’t let them come into your communities to tell you that, because they are going to be fooling you.”
He reminded that “The PPP/C, and in particular Bharrat Jagdeo, in 2016 when they were in Opposition, went to the very vendors to tell them they must stay on the streets, they must not come off;
“But now they’re in government, once again, in a position to execute the diabolical plan against the working class, they need them off the streets, the vendors now become a political impediment, a political problem,” Forde lamented.
He pointed to the Thomas Street vendors’ issue, and government’s effort to remove their stalls by heavy duty vehicle, noting that it “is a perfect example to show the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) government is complete without any sincerity about its ‘one Guyana’ mantra.”
He advised listeners on Sherrod Duncan’s ‘In the Ring’ show, that “it is important for people to know that the private sector is not limited to those who have massive buildings.” He pointed out that the activities undertaken by street vendors constitute actions of the private sector. He said what they do is defined as entrepreneurship. And as a part of the private sector, they too were “entitled to earn an honest living.”
The MP observed that the vendors were still there, but warned that the government had not abandoned their effort to remove them but had postponed it, despite the fact that it was a direct responsibility of the municipality which came under the aegis of the Mayor.
He pointed out there is nothing in the 2023 Budget to address the issue of street vending. “there is no indication on the part of the government to fund the municipality with the resources to address the issue of street vending, whatsoever.”
Forde said the failure of the government to fund the municipality “reveals the government is not committed to all Guyana and to a complete plan for the private sector as a whole, to which these persons constitute as a substantial percentage as they are small business.”
This is a perfect example he said to show the ‘one Guyana’ mantra lacks any substance; it is completely without any sincerity.
According to Forde, like the vendors, the ordinary people are no longer useful to the PPP/C after elections, and this Budget is another classic case because these groups in society were left out. “There is no vision, no plan to demonstrate President Ali is interested in all of Guyana.” He said, “time after time, after time, they’re going to be fooling the people.”
On the matter of the $25,000 cash grant, Forde said the distribution was not only unfair and inequitable, but he wants people to understand when you divide $25,000 by 365 you get about $69 a day, that is effectively what the government gave Guyanese in an economy that has raked in more than US$1 Billion in oil and gas revenue, US$150 million in royalty, and saw the Gross Domestic Product grew by more than 60 percent.
It was against this background that the Shadow Attorney General and the Shadow Minister of Legal Affairs, said Guyanese must unite and rally against the pervasive injustices, wrongs, and government’s mismanagement of the economy, which he said has seen increase in prices and reduction in purchasing power.