The wait has been extensive and tiring, the days were filled with exasperation and rage, nonetheless, the long-awaited recount report has been finally released and to say it is well-earned, would be an understatement.
Congratulations to His Excellency President Dr Irfaan Ali on his greatest achievement of becoming the ninth consecutive President of the Republic of Guyana. Best wishes for your success as you prepare to embrace the responsibilities and challenges of your high office. Additionally, felicitations to the Ministers and members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic.
The renowned success brought many Guyanese to their feet in acclamation. The road to victory seemed interminable, filled with obstacles and obstructions, however, one movement towards light, becomes a clear signpost. It is important to understand that pessimism never won a battle.
Unquestionably, it takes a team to run and govern a nation, especially one that is -unfortunately, divided rather than unified. In just a few months, our country has faced major cultural and race division, numerous corruption scandals, passing of sanctions and a near occurrence of civil war.
The key ingredients for a successful Government is engaging citizens in policymaking and endorsing public participation. It is with great certainty that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic will not disappoint, they are expected to restore peace, unity and work towards developing our land. The new Administration will be resolute in being honest and brave, serving high ideals, using practical methods, feeding us all hope and betterment in order for us to ultimately win the goal of true national greatness.
The youth are the future, consequently our young, diverse, dynamic and highly qualified Cabinet must not be overlooked nor disregarded. Days after being sworn in, His excellency has already refuted all accusations and rumours by choosing a well-balanced and competent team to manage our beautiful Guyana.
For the dissatisfied individuals, allow our new Ministry the chance of improving our country, and to the new Ministry, prove how competent you are, cherish our natural wonders, and resources, cherish the history and cultures as a sacred heritage, for our generation and the next. Do not let selfish people and greedy interests skin our country of its beauty or its riches. No one man or woman can possibly represent the varied, competing interests of many citizens. While governments around the world opt for democracy, many have been criticised for being remote from society.
The victory of the People’s Progressive Party opens a new era for all Guyanese across our blessed nation and it is highly expected that democracy will transgress. Apropos to this, the voices and needs of our people especially the elderly, special needs, linguistic minorities, those in poverty as well as the disabled should be catered for and never forgotten.
To the leaders who will shape the next five years of Guyana, be mindful of the wise words of Theodore Roosevelt, “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who knows great enthusiasms and devotions and who spends himself in a worthy cause and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”.
Once more, congratulations to His Excellency and his Ministry. May our country be united and destined and may we never fall.
Hadiyyah S Mohamed