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"We are not a colony, we run Guyana, let us settle our differences in Guyana"- LFS Burnham

  • Written by Robin Singh
  • Published in Opinion
Former President of Guyana Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham Former President of Guyana Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham
The war of words arising from the response by CARICOM Chair Mia Mottley to a yet to be accepted report by the CEO of the Guyana Elections Commission, Keith Lowenfield, to the GECOM Chair, continues. This time, with a response by Robin Sing, to an open letter by Roxanne Burnham Van West Charles, (daughter of Guyana’s former president Linden Forbes Burnham), chastising the Barbados Prime Minister for the manner in which she characterised the nature of Guyanese electoral and judicial system.

The following in the text of Robin Singh’s public missive published on his Facebook page:

25th June 2020

An Open Letter to Roxanne Burnham Van West Charles

letter to the editor2 460In Guyana, we have come to expect daily surprises concerning our elections but no one could have been prepared for the progeny of Forbes Burnham to attempt to engage the Chair of CARICOM, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley on the Chair's statement on Guyana's elections.

It is an exercise in boldness that is reminiscent of LFSB's statement "We are not a colony, we run Guyana, let us settle our differences in Guyana. It is our right to say when they may come and when they may not come, I am tired of these busy-bodies, let them go and mind their own farmyards" made in Bridgetown in 1985 while borrowing and racking up debts in billions of US dollars to build communities named for his children. The irony is not lost on many.

It comes as no surprise that you (Roxanne Burnham of the 'gardens' fame) would seek to castigate any person or organization interested in ensuring the will of the people as expressed at the polls by marks on ballots, but it is surely unfortunate that we have. That you choose to cast aspersions on Mia Amor Mottley, a shining light of the Caribbean, the youngest Queen's Counsel in Barbados's history shows how far out of touch you (Roxanne) are with the progress the region has made over the years.

Guyana has come a long way since Guyanese had to travel with USD 15 per person and effectively be viewed with pity by our Caribbean family. During those years of hardship caused by your father Forbes, we the people endured with the help of those you, Roxanne would heap scorn on from your home in Florida.

We understand your loyalties to your husband Richard Van West Charles, his job with the Granger administration, and his lucrative enterprise in the fuel supply industry, but for those of us who live in Guyana, our democracy is of utmost importance.

Mrs. Burnham-Van West Charles, your inability to grasp the reality that the PNC has lost free and fair elections is only surpassed by your inability to understand that the PNC party flag no longer flies over Guyana's final court of appeal.

In the time after the death of your father, the Dictator LFS Burnham, Guyana has moved to a democracy where the administration has changed hands twice before and the electorate has become used to the power of that X on a ballot, they (the voters) have chosen the third change of administration and, it is unfortunate that the name Burnham should once again be associated with reluctance to embrace democracy and with the abuse of freedom of all Guyanese.

We, the people of Guyana look forward to a day when the Burnham name maybe once again associated with the good that was done by the man and not only be a reminder of the worst expression of power, greed, and repression.


Robin Singh

Last modified onSunday, 28 June 2020 11:36
  • Countries: Guyana