A resounding NO to ‘no-confidence motion’

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DPI, Guyana, Thursday, December 20, 2018

Guyanese of every stratum have registered their support for the Coalition Government, as it prepares to defend its record through debate in the National Assembly tomorrow against the Parliamentary Opposition – People’s Progressive Party (PPP).

The opposition has moved a no-confidence in the APNU+AFC administration, however, the three-year-old government has been adamant that its work over the last three years is evidence of continuous development.

Cheryl Sampson, an executive member of the National Congress of Women, presented the successes of women across Guyana as one of the many societal transformations that took shape since the Coalition took office. She said the investment in women across the country, despite their political and personal persuasion, is enough to support the government of the day.

“In terms of women, we have benefited. We are the economists in our families, and the fact that we have been able to enjoy a reduction in VAT, we have been able to enjoy a salary increase, this means that we have a little more money to turn over. The threshold has been raised and so we are benefitting,” she told the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Sampson said women are being recognised across the country and are leading men at what has become the annual national awards. They are also taking their places beside their male counterparts she noted.

“When one thinks of the number of women that have been called up to higher office in the judiciary, among other things, yes we are being recognised. Women have been the backbone in many organisations,” she said.

Sampson said to call on a government that is “just three years old to say you have no confidence in it, something has to be definitely wrong.”

The issue with the opposition might very well be fear, said President of the United Minibus Association Eon Andrews. That fear, he said, stems from their not being in a position of control of the economic transformation that is unfolding in Guyana.

“It is a very desperate move,” referring to the opposition’s no-confidence motion. “Why should one need to destroy a place or system if they are not in charge?”

Coming to the defence of the Guyanese youth was the Chairman of the Guyana Youth and Student Movement (YSM), Ryan Belgrave. He said as a youth and “proud supporter” of the APNU+AFC administration, he is excited by all that has been accomplished by the government over the last three years and the national reconstruction plans for the country that will take place over the years to come.

“I know there is a lot being peddled by the opposition, that the government is not doing enough and more so the opposition uses the name of young people to say that so much can be done. But I am speaking on behalf of all the young people (as I represent a youth organisation), we are confident that the only administration at this time to bring the progress and development needed by the young people is the APNU+AFC administration.”

Belgrave said the improvements in the country, whether through infrastructure, education and health care among others, are all tangible.

“So, I am confident that on the 21st of December, the motion brought by the opposition will be voted against. We shall put our trust and confidence in the creed of the government, that is, to deliver a good life for all Guyanese.”

Alexis Rodney.

Images: Department of Public Information.