- 38th INDEPENDENCE
Minister Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham raised
the Golden Arrowhead on May 26, 1966 @12:00AM
Park, Georgetown, Guyana
the occasion of the 38th anniversary of the achievement of
Guyana's independence, the People's National Congress Reform salutes
the Guyanese people. The Party enjoins all Guyanese to reflect
on our accumulated national lessons and experiences to
determine the best path forward for a just, prosperous
and united Guyanese society.
People's National Congress is proud of the central role it
played in achieving political independence for Guyana in 1966.
The party however has always viewed this achievement, though
highly momentous, not as an end in itself but rather as a
platform on which to build a successful economy and society
for the benefit of all citizens. Our record in office aptly
demonstrates our deep understanding and relentless efforts
towards realizing this aspiration. True, the road has not
always been smooth; our efforts, though all well meaning, were
not always successful and better decisions could have been
made in instances, but the commitment of the PNC to nation
building is indisputable.
Evidence of this fact abounds not withstanding vain
efforts to rewrite history.
institution building in the cultural, financial, and physical
spheres of development
the evidence of our efforts remain for all to see.
the occasion of the 38th anniversary, however, our
nation would be better served by taking stock of ourselves and
plotting the best course forward. These 38 years have fully
exposed our strengths, our weaknesses, our potentials and our
limitations. Judging from the impoverished and disconsolate
state our people find themselves in today, it is plain that as
a nation we have failed to overcome our weaknesses and
limitations and to effectively exploit our strengths and
potentials. The PNCR believes it is not enough for Guyanese to
merely recognize and lament this fact. Instead, we urge our
fellow citizens to join with us in mapping and implementing a
rescue plan, a way out, for Guyana.
too long our country has suffered economic and social turmoil.
For too long the rights of our citizens have been trampled
upon, to the extent that today the governing party believes it
has the right to kill our fellow citizens at will. For too
long the material needs and aspirations of our citizens have
remained unfulfilled. The PNCR beacons the way of Shared
Governance, which has the potential of making all Guyanese,
feel more involved in the process of governance and the
development of their country.
there to be any future for our country we must live together
in brotherhood and unity with respect and tolerance for all.
We must construct a national economy buttressed by
sound national economic and social policies, plans and
must have policies plans and programmes that will drastically
create jobs for our people and put bread and butter on their
tables daily. We must eradicate crime from our midst.
That can only happen with and through good governance,
which does not exist today.
It is time for a change from failed governance.
Good can only come through change.
PNCR stands ready to work with all like-minded Guyanese to
confront the pressing problems and to implement a new vision
for tomorrow. We must begin this work today!
- People’s National Congress Reform
May 25, 2004