Dear Editor,In Stabroek News of April 8, 2019, there was an opinion piece from one GKH Lall which sought to instruct Mr Mohamed I Ali (executive member of the PPP) upon which plank he should jump. What campaign is Mr GKH Lall talking about?There can be no official campaign until general elections are called by Mr Lall’s candidate, Mr David Granger. It was Mr GHK Lall who said in the 2015 campaign that Mr Granger was polite and acceptable (see interview with Chris Ram) and offered his support to him. That is his right as a dual citizen and voter and beneficiary of the Treasury, thanks to his political and economic sponsors in the PNC. But please do not play with the people’s intelligence and pretend that you mean well for Mr Mohammed I Ali or the people of Guyana.This nation is yet to see the outcome of this politeness that Mr Lall was referring to in 2015. Is the word polite now being re-defined by Mr Lall? Is it polite to ignore the Guyana Constitution and not follow the rule of law? Is it polite to unilaterally impose on the nation a GECOM Chairman who has revealed himself as nothing else but a political apparatchik of Congress Place? Is it polite to supervise the greatest acts of corruption in the history of Guyana that took place between 2016 and 2019 and not do a thing as Executive President? Is it polite to be untruthful to the youths by stealing more than 30,000 jobs for them in three years in defiance of your promises in 2015?I was in Guyana in March 2019 and asked Mr Mohammed I Ali some hard questions. One of those questions was – Why are you (Mr Ali) not more on TV explaining your policy measures? In his wisdom, this was his answer. He asked me – Has an elections date been announced?Mr Ali further told me that at this time he is listening directly to the ordinary people in the villages and urban wards of Guyana on a 1-2-1 basis. His mission right now is to use the data gathered from those conversations to craft a menu of human development policies which can be launched swiftly once his party wins power. The common theme he is hearing is the need to create new jobs sustainably and this is what he plans to do when the occasion presents itself. He outlined for me in detail how he is going to create these 50,000 jobs over 5 years and from my international experience, I am convinced in my conviction that it is highly possible.What it needs is proper programme management of the plan, which is a skill set sorely lacking in Team Granger. So what appears like rocket science to these inexperienced and incompetent minds in Team Granger, is what the rest of the world is doing every second of the day – creating new jobs.When I was a Project Manager on a CDB Project, I had a chance to observe Mr Ali’s skill set and from what I saw, he is a person who has real project management competence and skills, unlike Mr Granger. This skillset served him well when he accelerated and project managed the PPP’s most successful public policy – housing. What the PPP did was to expand the stock of land available for housing by over 100,000 house lots in under 20 years. More than half of those lands now have real homes on them with real families in those homes who are on a pathway to building real new wealth with their real equity. That is the sort of human development that continues to evade these friends of Mr GHK Lall.I was advised that Mr Ali will be telling his story nationally when Mr Lall’s candidate, Mr Granger (who has now been certified after 3 years as a human development failure), calls the elections. Until such time, Mr Ali told me he plans to continue with his original plan – deepening his direct bond with the masses.Let me share a real-life example. When I visited Berbice in March 2019, two village teams told me they wanted to meet Mr Ali. I telephoned him and the very next day he was walking in those mixed Guyanese villages listening to the plight of the people and even sat down under a bottom house and had a meal with one of the families.So there is a method to the strategy and let the record speak, Mr Mohammed I Ali is not alone in this struggle to ensure that democracy is kept alive. There are thousands of us who are working tirelessly to protect this democracy won by Dr Jagan in 1992. Let the record show, history and time are on Mohammed I Ali’s side. Can we say the same for Mr GHK Lall and friends in Congress Place?Yours faithfully,Sasenarine Singh
Gabon international Aubameyang has scored 33 goals in 38 games for Dortmund this season Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City’s board to make a move for Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international has been one of the standout players in Germany this season and has scored 33 goals in 38 games for the Bundesliga outfit this season.All of Europe’s elite are expected to bid for the 26-year-old this summer and Dortmund are braced for a series of offers.Man City, according to Le 10 Sport, have now joined the race for Aubameyang after Guardiola urged the club’s hierarchy to make a bid.The incoming Spaniard, who takes over at the Etihad this summer, is concerned by the club’s lack of depth up front.Guardiola is ready to cash in on Wilfried Bony and use some of the funds from that sale in any deal for Aubameyang. 1
Former world number one Angelique Kerber is hoping to bounce back from a disappointing campaign with the announcement that Belgian Wim Fisette will replace Torben Beltz as her coach in 2018, the German said on Thursday.After winning two grand slams and an Olympic silver medal in 2016, the 29-year-old failed to claim a single title this year and fell to 21st in the world rankings, also losing her spot as German number one to Julia Goerges.Kerber and compatriot Beltz first worked together from 2011-13 and rejoined forces in 2015, with the German pair having their most successful season a year later.”It’s been tough but I’m about to start a new chapter in my career, with a new coach,” Kerber said on her official Twitter account. “Thank you Torben Beltz for everything that you’ve done for me.”The next season is coming soon and I’m very excited to start working with Wim Fissette as my new coach. It’s a new chance and I’m curious to find out what we can achieve together.”Fissette has previously worked with top players such as Kim Clijsters, Victoria Azarenka and Simona Halep, and coached Britain’s Johanna Konta for the 2017 season before the pair agreed to a mutual split at the end of the campaign.