Condemning APNU/AFC’s desire for civil unrest

Dear Editor,
The APNU/AFC cabal and affiliated groups continue with desperate attempts at race-baiting, which they hope would incite civil unrest against the democratically elected People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Government, and end the tremendous benefits being experienced by all Guyanese.
It is against this backdrop that I offer my response to a most mischievous letter issued by a group calling itself the Institute for Action Against Discrimination, in which the purported author, Lelon Saul, who identifies as the secretary of the group, makes incredibly fraudulent and misleading statements that the Government is pushing Guyana to the ‘brink of civil unrest’.
Since the letter is addressed to a United States (U.S) Representative, one can only conclude that the author is under the illusion that using false claims would trigger a U.S. intrusion into the affairs of a democratic sovereign state such as Guyana.
I wholeheartedly believe that whom the gods would destroy, they first make stark crazy.
Mr. Saul is like so many of the delusional men and women in the failed APNU+AFC regime, who failed to deliver a ‘good life’, especially to Afro-Guyanese, whom they now misguidedly seek to exploit for political relevance.
I wish to also remind Guyanese that the author is a former senior officer of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), who later served as Chief Executive Officer of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CHPA), where he failed to implement a viable Government housing programme.
In less than two and a half years in office, our Government has rescued the housing development programme and turned it around where, to date, we have issued over 11,000 house lots and low- income houses. The beneficiaries are over 50 per cent Afro-Guyanese.
Every relief grant paid by Government saw Afro-Guyanese benefitting. Payments made in the sugar industry benefitted over 20% of Afro-Guyanese, which is contrary to what the APNU+AFC would have Guyanese believe.
Many Afro-Guyanese are involved in rice, other crops’ production and livestock, and benefitted from flood relief and other support programmes for farmers.
Recently, this author was the only person who hid behind a mask among a group that received agricultural equipment less than 96 hours after President Irfaan Ali’s recent visit to Belladrum on a political outreach to the Mahaica-Berbice region. He had the temerity to ask questions of the President about security when visiting PNC strongholds, as if to suggest that the President should not visit these areas.
The author is obviously a confused individual, who also serves as Vice-President of the Guyana Veterans Legion, an organization that was addressed by President Ali at last Friday’s wreath-laying ceremony at GDF Headquarters, Camp Ayanganna. During his address, the President promised to have the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) deployed this week to address all issues related to benefits for veterans. That promise was kept by our President, as employees of NIS are working at Camp Ayanganna to resolve issues for veterans that the APNU+AFC inexplicably chose to ignore while in office.
The author is an obsequious tentacle affixed to the scheming, manipulative and depraved APNU+AFC, that plunged Guyana into chaos and put Guyana on the brink of civil unrest following a clumsily hatched plan to strangulate our democracy at the 2020 Regional and General Elections.
They would have gotten away with the heist of our country through stolen elections, had it not been for the vigilance of contesting political parties, the media, and the diplomatic missions of the ABCE countries in Guyana.
The APNU+AFC are on a treacherous road that they hope would create civil unrest and allow for the breakdown of democracy in Guyana, which happened under the PNC in the 70s and 80s.
Leaders in the APNU+AFC continue to push for civil unrest through attacks on the media, physically blockading Government officials from engaging with whole communities, unruly behaviour in the National Assembly, and adopting a confrontational approach to the President when there should be discussions on key national issues.
Plans to railroad the country were not realised in 2020, and certainly, law-abiding Guyanese, along with civil society, would continue to forcefully reject the deceptive actions of the APNU+AFC, and call for political maturity which would ensure greater unity and prosperity for all Guyanese.

Yours truly,
Brigadier (ret’d)
Hon. Mark Phillips
Prime Minister,
Cooperative Republic
of Guyana