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The current Bharrat Jagdeo administration is being accused of accumulating and amassing great wealth which it uses to buy the loyalty of supporters and to punish opponents.This observation was made by Alliance For Change Presidential Candidate Khemraj Ramjattan, who described Guyana’s democracy as ‘Sultanistic’, which he said will unravel so quickly that even the ‘Sultan’ will be befuddled.Ramjattan was addressing students of the University of Guyana during a presidential town hall-style forum that was organized by the university’s Department of Government and International Affairs.“I see our Sultan befuddled in Guyana,” Ramjattan said, in obvious reference to President Bharrat Jagdeo.According to Ramjattan,Cheap Jerseys, while many people refer to Guyana as an elected dictatorship or a fragile democracy,Jerseys NFL China, he is impressed with the ‘Sultanistic’ description given by a distinguished professor in a foreign affairs journal.He said that the attributes of such a democracy is a regime with a national leader who expands his personal power at the expense of formal institutions. It also involves a political cabal around such a ‘Sultan’, which appeals to no ideology and has no purpose other than maintaining their personal authority.AFC Presidential Candidate Khemraj RamjattanRamjattan said that the present government manages to do these things by procuring aid and investment monies, “a large proportion of which is then funneled to the ‘Sultan’ and his cronies.”He said that the kind of democracy being practiced in Guyana keeps the masses de-politicised,Discount NFL Jerseys, disorganised and divided by paying the population off with subsidies.And when the administration is unable to do this, Ramjattan said that the state engages in surveillance and media control and intimidation of citizens.“It is marked by high levels of corruption and unemployment…Students here and members present, does that characterization ring a bell?” he asked.“I see those attributes here in Guyana where we have a ‘Champion of a Sultan’,” Ramjattan added.He told the university students that apart from such a sad state of affairs the hard, cold facts as to the state of Guyana’s economy,Discount Football Jerseys, has to be told.Ramjattan told the gathering that local businessmen had revealed to a World Bank team that they have to pay a 15% bribe on government contracts and three percent on their annual sales to those in authority.“So if any businessman in Guyana were to make gross sales of $100M, 3.5 million goes to paying somebody something to do business in Guyana…and this is not a perception index,” he stressed.The AFC Presidential Candidate said that this is not a consequence of Guyana being without capacity,Wholesale Jerseys, since it is a well known fact that Guyanese procure wealth and status whenever they go overseas.He said that the present state of affairs is a consequence of the ‘Sultanistic’ rule that Guyana has had for the majority of the 45 years since independence.Ramjattan also pointed to the absolute inequality which obtains in Guyana with the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.The inequality, he said, creates distrust, mistrust and a general disequilibrium, resulting in a lack of cooperative spirit and “the madness that we see all around us such as crime, corruption,Cheap Jerseys, violence, drunkenness and vulgarity, even on the platforms of presidential candidates.”
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