Leader of the Alliance for Change, Khemraj Ramjattan has hailed the two United States Congressmen who recently publicly urged the Guyana government to ensure that every citizen benefits from the country’s oil wealth and encourage the government to include the Opposition in key decision making.
On Wednesday Democrat congressman, Hank Johnson issued a call for the opposition to be included in the country’s decision-making process and for every citizen to benefit from the country’s oil resources.
The Government has refused to engage the Opposition as it calls on the opposition to publicly recognize the legitimacy of the government.
During a press conference today, the AFC Leader said the Government ought to meeting with the Opposition on national issues.
“Whatever it is, we do not now have to go to the PPP arrogance and start bowing down and saying we respect you as the government of the day. By nature of the implications and that is what we by conduct doing. They are in government so why don’t they want to engage? They want us to now go and say that they are not installed then we are not going to do that,” Ramjattan said.
Mr. Ramjattan said the coalition believes that there were problems with the General elections last year and as a result a question mark is over the head of the government.
On the issue of wealth distribution, Ramjattan said the distribution of the Covid-19 relief, exposes the discriminatory practice of the government.
“The Covid relief went to a set of their supporters and hardly to afro-Guyanese in this pernicious racialize persecution by the PPP and that is what I think the congressmen are getting at,” Ramjattan suggested.
Over the last few months, the government and opposition have been locked in arms over the President’s refusal to meet with the Opposition and over the Opposition’s decision to not recognize the government.
The Opposition has also repeatedly accused the government of discrimination over the manner in which the Covid-19 cash relief was distributed.