Social cohesion – Govt’s disingenuous intention?

first_imgUpon taking office in May 2015, the APNU/AFC coalition government immediately established the Ministry of Social Cohesion (MoSC). It seemed a substantive entity and was initially headed by a long-serving, strong-armed member of the People’s National Congress (PNC), the largest Party in the coalition and, in reality, the Government.Many welcomed it, and given its perceived role, was seen as vital to the building, or rebuilding, of unity among Guyanese. This was on the heels of an apparent divisive elections, in which the coalition acceded to power by less than five thousand votes; seemingly less than what was required for a seat in the National Assembly.Despite some crossover voting to the two major political parties, both with solid ethnically-based support, the results of the May 2015 elections may have also revealed a voting pattern generally along an ethnic line.That may have rendered the establishment of the MoSC more relevant, especially when the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC), was not constituted since 2011. Expectations of the MoSC were, therefore, naturally high, as Guyanese in general, desire genuine efforts to help heal the divide. In addition, a sense of belief was created that the APNU/AFC Government was serious of genuinely working towards building national unity.The fact that a Ministry was actually established and would receive a budgetary allocation, its intention would have been difficult to doubt. Therefore, the idea of a sustained national effort within the context envisaged, must be lauded. However, unfortunately, or unsurprising to some, the MoSC has seemingly failed to deliver what is believed to be its mandate.For one, its importance seems to have been reduced following what appears as a downgrading from a standalone Ministry to that of a Department within the Ministry of the Presidency. That aside, gauging from many of its public events, it seems as if the now Department of Social Cohesion (DoSC) is more occupied with providing handouts in areas believed to be supportive of the coalition or those in which such actions can help to coerce voters in its favour.With more than four years since its establishment, an argument could be made that nothing tangible within the realms of forging unity has been achieved despite the hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars spent, assumedly, for that purpose. This seeming lack of expected results could be as a result of the actions of the APNU/AFC coalition itself.Almost immediately upon taking office, it began what was seen as a witch-hunt against many public servants who were, by in large, of one particular ethnic group and who were suspected of being supportive of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration.If that was not enough, numerous forensic audits were seemingly used as mechanisms to disparage and discard trained professionals. They were replaced reportedly by Government supporters believed to be less skilled and overwhelmingly, from one particular ethnic group— a group seen as the support base of the PNC.Those actions were described as political vendetta and wholesale cleansing of one particular group of Guyanese. It didn’t end there, for a number of them were charged and placed before the courts. Those charges were described as trumped-up with the sole intention to embarrass.Over the past four years, records would show that the APNU/AFC Government fired and thereby caused thousands of Guyanese to be deprived of their livelihoods. That includes some two thousand Indigenous citizens and thousands of sugar workers. In addition, as a result of its poor fiscal policies, some industries and businesses were forced to be closed causing many workers to be unemployed.Those said fiscal policies also resulted in a plethora of new and burdensome taxes to be unleashed on ordinary Guyanese. Vendors’ licences and rental for farmlands were also vastly increased bringing further hardships to the citizenry.With many embarrassed and with thousands humiliated by being fired and made incapable of providing for their families, the priority focus would be to survive. That, in itself, would more than likely evoke resentment of the Government.With such unavoidable resentment resulting from APNU/AFC’s highhandedness, it therefore becomes virtually impossible for the said Government, under the guise of the DoSC, to even contemplate any semblance of success for social cohesion. In other words, the Government seemingly divides the nation while at the same time appearing to wanting to build unity.It’s hypocritical and insults intelligence. This is compounded by the Department seemingly prioritising its focus in the coalition’s strongholds and reportedly engaging in coercion for support in others. While the DoSC might have done some work in relation to its intended mandate, its overall achievement within that said context remains far from desired.APNU/AFC’s disregard for the Constitution since December 2018 has continued to widen the division and exacerbate resentment. With that disrespect ongoing and with no indication of the DoSC instituting that necessary paradigm shift, its existence would remain questionable, seen as a medium for mass mobilisation for the coalition and disingenuous to the point of a failed promise; probably one never intended.last_img read more

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Karen Masters: Njoroge to lead amateur team

first_img0Shares0000Njoroge to lead Kenya’s amateur team at Karen MastersNAIROBI, Kenya, June 25 – Reigning Kenya Amateur Golf Champion Samuel Njoroge will lead a four-man Kenya amateur team to the 2019 KCB Karen Masters which tees off at the Par 72 Karen Country Club on Wednesday.Also, in the mix is Nyali’s star player Daniel Nduva who won last weekend’s 56-hole Corronation Trophy in Nakuru. Nduva is the immediate former Kenya Amateur matchplay champion and one of the most consistent amateur golfers at the present. Two-times Coast Open Champion Mathew Wahome, also from Nyali is the sole junior player in the team. Wahome, son of Junior Golf Foundation Coast Representative Alice Wahome has been known to be calm off the course, but on it he’s a talisman.He is making a comeback to the big stage after winning the recent Trans Nzoia Championship, a round of the Kenya Amateur Golf Championship (KAGC-formerly GOTY).Njoroge and Nduva missed the cut in the 2019 Magical Kenya Open and will be hoping to make amends in the Sunshine Tour event.“We have been practicing at Karen over the past few days in order to familiarize with the course conditions. I’m glad that the few practice rounds we have had are coming through really well. My aim is to make the cut and finish in the top 20 position, ” said Njoroge who won the 57th FirstBank Lagos Amateur Golf Open last year at Ikoyi Club in his first visit to the West African country.Njoroge was crowned the champion of the KAGC, formerly Goty, after winning last year’s Nyali Open. He will also be joined by Simon Njogu of Great Rift Valley Resort. Njoroge incidentally the reigning 2019 Muthaiga Open champion.Njoroge, who turns out for Railway Club, has been posting good results since winning Mt Kenya Golf Championship, which was the first event in the 2019 KAGC Series. He also won the Railway Invitational, his home round of the national series.Notable absentee in the team is Muthaiga junior Mutahi Kibugu who was among the two juniors in the Kenya Open team who later playing for Muthaiga at this year’s Tannahill Shield. The four Kenyan amateurs are all single handicapped players selected through Kenya Golf Union ranks.–Pros–The amateurs will join the 30 local professional players named recently to represent the country in the prestigious Sunshine Tour event.Twenty-five professionals qualified from the PGK Order of Merit following the conclusion of the four leg KCB Road To The Masters.Five others made it by virtue of making the cut at the Kenya Open 2019 and last year’s Karen Master’s. They are Simon Ngige and Justus Madoya in this year’s Kenya Open and Dismas Indiza, Riz Charania and Mohit Mediratta in the Karen Masters.Meanwhile, foreigners mainly from down south and various parts of Africa are in the country well in time for Karen Masters.Uganda will field their players including Philip Kasozi who qualified for the 2019 Kenya Open through the Safari Tour series. In town also is last year’s runner up Merrick Bremner who is being sponsored by Betway.KCB has invited partners including Standard Group, Johnnie Walker, Coca Cola, DT Dobie to enhance the experience at the event for the thousands of golf fans expected to grace the event.Entry at the event will be Kshs 1500 for a season ticket and 500TEAM KENYA -AMATEURSSamuel Njoroge -RAILWAYSDaniel Nduva -NYALI GCCMathew Wahome -NYALI GCCSimon NJOGU-GREAT RIFT-PROFESSIONALSExemptions from Road To Masters qualifiersSimon Ngige , Dismas Indiza, Rizwan Charania , Mohit Mediratta and Justus Madoya .PGK Order of Merit  CJ Wangai, Greg Snow, Alfred Nandwa, David Wakhu, Erick Ooko Obura, Nelson Mudanyi, Jeff Kubwa, Njuguna Ngugi , David Odhiambo, Tony Omuli , Sujan Shah , David Opati , Hesbon Kutwa , Ganeev Giddie , Dennis Saikwa Ken Abuto , Richard Ainley, Frank Matilo , Jacob Okello , Edwin Mudanyi , Kenneth Bollo, Joseph W Karanja, Sullivan Muthugia, Boniface Simwa , Kopan Timbe.Pro Reserves Kevin MabeleJM KaranjaCharan ThethyAnil Shah0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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