Opposition Member of Parliament and Spokesman on Legal Affairs, Roysdale Forde today criticized the government for its “poor management” of the country. He also raised concern over what he sees as the return of extra-judicial killings in Guyana.
Contributing on the final day of the Budget debates, Mr. Forde said citizens have witnessed and experienced a rapid deterioration of the social and economic conditions over the last year due to poor leadership.
He said since August 2020, Guyana has descended into a state of disarray and is currently “an undemocratic, oppressive petro Republic”.
“The Guyanese working people are under attack by a series of labour violations which are aimed at working people who have or are perceived to support the Opposition and the Trade Unions that represent these workers,” Forde said.
The Opposition MP also observed that the government has been operating in a high-handed nature by failure to consult when necessary with the trade unions, constitutional commissions, and other relevant bodies.
“Refused to grant livable wages and salaries for the Teachers and for allowances for additional qualifications acquired by Teachers; (e) Refused to constitute the Police, Public, Judicial and Teaching Service Commissions. The life of the Teaching Service Commission having expired in February, 2021, the consequence of this is that no Teacher can be promoted, legitimate expectations of promotions are dashed,” Forde noted.
On the issue of law and order, Mr. Forde raised concern about what he believes is a return of extra-judicial killings in the country.
He told the Assembly that between August 2020 to present three persons were killed extra-judicially, but the killing of Orin Boston, Forde said is one that is important to note.
“Rather than the Guyana Police Force protecting Orin Boston safely in his house, the Guyana Police Force shot and killed him in his home, on his bed next to his wife. Mr. Speaker, without explanation, months and months rolled by without a word from the Guyana Police Force. The eventual institution of a Charge of Manslaughter against the Policeman who shot and killed Orin Boston is not only an insult to the Boston family, but is a national embarrassment and disgrace,” Forde pointed out.
Mr. Forde highlighted 12 cases of execution-style, killings since the return of the PPP to the office along with the handling of the murder probe of the Henry cousins and opined that Guyana has regressed to the “dark days”.