The Government’s Chief spokesman, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon has been drawing parallels between the Opposition’s decision to vote against the Amalia hydro power project and the shooting death of three Linden protesters by the Police.
At his weekly press briefing on Wednesday, Dr. Luncheon said July 18 marks two significant events in Guyana’s recent history, the July 18, 2013 police shooting death of the Linden protesters and the July 18, 2013 Opposition non support of the Amalia Falls hydro power bill in the National Assembly.
According to Dr. Luncheon, the Opposition’s decision to vote against the hydro power project is of “greater and more horrid proportions” than the events that took place in Linden on July 18, 2012 when three protesters were shot dead by the Police.
The Cabinet Secretary said the hydro power project is of great importance to Guyana’s development. He is convinced that after all of the “cussing and fighting” between the major parties, away will still have to be found to move the project forward.
The Opposition parties have been pressing the Government for more information on the hydro power project.
The President has since indicated that he intends to work with the Opposition to move the project forward. In an interview with state TV , the President said “We are not giving up; we are doing everything that we can in order to save this project…we have to broaden our vision…all of the new infrastructural projects that we have embarked on have the potential to take the country’s development to another level”.
The Donald Ramotar administration has been pushing the hydro power project as the center piece of its development policy.