There is not enough trust in Guyana’s political circles

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana’s many problems stem mainly from distrust between the PPP and the PNC. This distrust came about when the PPP split, with Forbes Burnham forming the PNC and Cheddi Jagan holding onto the PPP.It has been over 50 years and yet this distrust in between the PPP and the PNC has not been resolved. This political distrust has translated to social distrust at times leading to racial polarisation between mainly Indians (who tend to support the PPP) and Africans (who tend to support the PNC).Guyana’s problems are not social and economical (per se); it is political which affect the social and economic performance of Guyana.Many social commentators have acknowledged that Guyana has a political problem yet few seem to want to make moves to build bridges to end this distrust.It is now up to the ordinary Guyanese man and woman to say “enough is enough”.The PPP and the PNC are not about to turn over a new leaf and work together to build trust. If anything, the political scene is getting more and more acrimonious as we move into elections. It is either they work together or Guyanese kick them both out of High Office.The problem is that there are no viable alternatives and the PPP and PNC know this.So, what can be done? The only alternative left is to go separate ways. When reconciliation is not working then it is time to explore going separate ways unless Guyanese want to spend the next fifty years repeating the mistakes of the past.Some may say that partition is harsh but the PPP and the PNC is the cause of Guyanese problems as they continually seek to blame each other for everything under the sun.They have to work together or go their separate ways (no point in them dragging the Guyanese society down with them.Yours faithfully,Sean Orilast_img read more

Waterside Stinks Again, Running Feces From Leaking Septic Tank

first_imgWaterside, one of Monrovia’s crowded business districts, has been overtaken by human and animal feces (pupu) from an old leaking septic tank.Sadly, hundreds of petty traders and medium size Liberian and foreign businesses have no choice but to endure the horrible smell and unsightly “pupu water” running down the street all day during the busiest shopping season of the year.The scene of the leaking septic tank at Waterside General Market has been described by some sanitation workers as a serious health and environmental hazard.Initially, businesspeople were hesitant to come face to face with the feces-infested street, owing to the unhygienic nature and health implications.But, during a visit to Waterside yesterday, it was observed that the petty traders, street vendors and foreign merchants were ignoring the stinking odor and carrying on with business as usual.  A few shoppers could be seen covering their noses.Year in and year out, the Waterside commercial district has  continued to endure daunting sanitation and environmental problems due to filth and nasty water from greater Monrovia’s poorly maintained septic tanks and gutters.Many of Monrovia’s gutters are clogged and the bulk of garbage and other waste are carried to the slum communities.Residents and business owners in those affected communities are alarmed by the situation but over the years nothing has been done to address the growing sanitation crisis in spite of their endless complaints and appeals.They lament that the leaking septic tank at this time of the year when the Christmas and New Year celebrations are days away is unfortunate and unacceptable.Several vendors and store owners interviewed sounded urgent appeals to the Liberian Government and partners for swift intervention in the sanitation problem.“We are really fed up asking for the permanent repair and maintenance of this leaking septic tank in this big business place near downtown Monrovia,” street vendor Clarence B. Jallah lamented.Mr. Jallah also expressed grave concern over the unsanitary conditions business people have to operate in down Waterside.Small businesswoman Hawa B. Tengbeh, 56, called on the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) to immediately deal with the situation and prevail on the septic tank owners to repair the damaged facility in order to avoid the outbreak of water and insect borne diseases.In a related development, other angry and frustrated residents called on the LWSC management to work out some concrete modalities with the septic tank owners for immediate repairs to be done.When contacted for comment, LWSC management told the Daily Observer that a solution is being worked out to remedy the grave sanitation crisis in the Waterside business district.It remains to be seen if street vendors, market women with their babies, business houses and shoppers down Waterside will get any relief from the stench and filth anytime soon.  In the meantime, as they say, hold your nose and pass.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more